Following on from my previous two blog posts, there has been a lot of criticism of Khan Academy, one of the foremost arguments the lack of PCK, Pedagogical Content Knowledge. Being an online resource, there is no way that Khan Academy could made pedagogical resource which is altered after experience of teaching content or depending on the audiences interests and previous experiences. I think it would be fair to argue this is difficult of any internet resource available to millions that is not streamed live with an input from learners. Therefore, I think it is difficult to criticize Khan Academy about its lack of PCK when it would be almost impossible to have the reach and availability it has and PCK.
A great way to combat the lack of PCK, albeit this solution only being available to students who have an individual who is willing to teach the desired content learnt on Khan Academy, is to use Khan Academy videos and quizzes as part of a classroom setting – as one would in a Flip Classroom. See below link for more information.
Teachers in a ‘Flip Classroom’ have the opportunity to use internet resources and apply the PCK in the follow up to ensure misconceptions are not surfacing. Additionally, devising assessment depending on specific outcome of school/ state/country would be important as Khan Academy is based on American standards. In fact a teacher may see the need in his/her classroom to use Khan Academy recourses as a pedagogical choice.