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Khan Academy - Khan Academy

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Khan Academy is a study tool that provides free learning content (e.g. video tutorials and quizzes) from preschool to adult age. Subjects include: maths, science, economics and finance, arts, humanities, and computing. Caution: parental guidance due to online connectivity.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Khan Academy was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 21 January 2019.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: Khan Academy
Developed by: Khan Academy
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: 4 +
ACCM suggested age: While the contents reviewed by our review were found to be safe and appropriate for children from 5 years onwards, caution and parental guidance is warranted due to online connectivity.
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Khan Academy contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Our reviewer considered and observed a representative selection of content from each category.

App description

Khan Academy provides free tutorials, videos, articles, and exercises. These are divided by topic, age group, and school year. In addition there is a section of content for specific school tests based on the American school system (e.g. SAT or GMAT). There is no section for similar Australian tests. The app features content provided by partners like Tate, the American Museum of Natural History, or NASA, as well as educational and inspirational talks and interviews. According to the developer, there are over 10,000 videos and more than 40,000 practice questions to discover.

Khan Academy content includes: 

  • Math,  including the subcategories Early Math, Arithmetic, Pre-algebra, Algebra basics, Algebra I and II, High school geometry, Trigonometry, High school statistics, Precalculus, Differential, Integral, and Multivariable calculus, Differential equations , Linear algebra, 3rd to 8th grade foundations.
  • Science, including the subcategories Physics, Chemistry, Organic chemistry, Biology, High school biology, Cosmology and astronomy, Electrical engineering, Health and medicine.
  • Economics and finance, including the categories Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Finance and capital markets.
  • Arts and humanities, including the subcategories US Government and politics, US history, World history, Music, Special topics in art history, and the art of various epoques and Art history basics, Prehistoric art, Ancient Mediterranean, Medieval Europe and Byazantine, Art of the Islamic world, Europe 1300-1600, Baroque to Neoclassical art in Europe, Art of the Americas to World War I, Art in 19th century Europe,  Modernisms 1900-1980, Global contemporary Art, Art of Asia, Art of Africa, Art of Oceania.
  • Computing

 

Reviewers comments

The app covers an enormous range of educational content and study support tools. Content is targeted towards both children and adult learners at all levels (Kindergarten through to University), however for younger children or not-so-confident readers (ages 5 to 10) parents may need to guide or demonstrate the use.  It can be used as an effective learning aid whether the goal is to support, solidify and practice school content or to deepen or refresh one's knowledge in an area of interest.

While it is not required to create a profile in order to enjoy the full content of Khan Academy, the user has the option to do so. With a profile, the user can collect rewards such as "energy points" and "badges" which may add further learning incentive. Parents should be aware that creating a profile requires a Facebook or Google account through which the user logs in. Logging in through Facebook does not automatically lead to connecting or sharing with other users.

In App purchasing

There was no in-app purchasing found. 

Online information

Khan Academy can be used without creating a profile or log in. However, in order to create a user profile, a Google or Facebook account is required. This does not automatically lead to interaction with other users and there is no private messaging function on the app.  

Gambling

At the time of review, the reviewer found no simulated gambling content. If you discover simulated gambling content in this app, please contact us with the details so we can update our review.

Advertising and product placement

None noted.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

None noted.

Coarse language

None noted

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

None noted.

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Some content may not be appropriate for children this age. Parental guidance recommended

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Simulated casino style gambling. Not suitable for minors

Contains some elements of gambling. Some content is not recommended for minors. Parental guidance recommended

No gambling content found in the levels played

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