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Grant helps Idaho schools plug into online classes

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 28, 2013 at 7:17 pm •  Published: February 28, 2013

But the Idaho experiment is the first coordinated statewide effort, according to the academy. Ideally, the academy's content will be used in a variety of needs. For teachers, the online courses could be used to fill gaps in content and challenge students at different levels. For students, the new education option provides access to fit their individual learning needs.

"Instead of a one-size-fits-all lesson, teachers will be able to focus their attention on specific students who are struggling while the rest of the class engages with material appropriate for them," Salman Khan said in a statement.

Salman Khan paid a visit to Idaho last year, taking part in an ongoing-education speaker series. After his visit, the Khan Academy's number of registered users in the state spiked from 40,000 to 55,000. A two-day educator conference in Boise touched off a 70 percent increase among educators and others, prompting Khan to partner with the Albertson Foundation and academics at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa.

Staff at NNU will help integrate the pilot program statewide and develop teaching methods that can help get the most out of the technology.

The Khan Academy also will take part in monitoring student improvement in math on the MAP assessment tests.