LearnStorm launches in Idaho
Feb. 1, 2016
Sal Khan, founder and CEO of Khan Academy
Sal Khan, founder and CEO of Khan Academy joined a packed Boise crowd Feb. 1, 2016 to announce the launch of his newest initiative, LearnStorm 2016.
Idaho joins the Bay Area, Chicago and Ireland as one of only four regions to participate in the nine-week challenge where students earn points to unlock real-life rewards for themselves and their schools by practicing math skills aligned to standards on Khanacademy.org. Any student — grades 3 through 12 — in Idaho are eligible to participate.
While LearnStorm is a math challenge, Khan said the goal is for students to learn how to learn math.
“LearnStorm builds math skills, but it’s really a way to encourage a growth mindset,” he said. “It’s another way to reinforce the idea that we can learn anything, anytime.
The Gem State’s participation in the event comes on the heels of the Khan Academy in Idaho pilot, where teachers transformed the way they taught math. Like the pilot, Idaho is the first to host LearnStorm statewide.
LearnStorm is a free, nine-week math challenge that celebrates and rewards a student’s progress, mastery and hustle on Khan Academy. It’s especially relevant for students who don’t think they’re very good in this subject because it teaches them about having a growth mindset.
LearnStorm is powered by Khan Academy, a nonprofit on a mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. LearnStorm is coming to Idaho with the help of the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation. Learn more and sign up at www.LearnStorm2016.org.