Expanding its positive influence on worldwide education, the educational organization Khan Academy has come out with a free app filled with informational articles and videos. While the Android version seems to be lacking, it is still an invaluable resource for learners of all ages.
After signing into the app, all of its information became available for me to look through. The Explore page has topics ranging from basic subjects like math to more specific content like ancient Mediterranean art. Clicking each subject brings you to a chronological sort of list on that subject, which usually contain a few videos each.
On this main page, I could only view the videos in one subject at a time; in other words, the only suggestions that come up when watching a video are the ones directly after them in the playlist. This was positive in terms of expanding upon information for that subject, but negative in terms of wanting to go beyond the information given and switching to another topic.
As a junior who just took the ACT and SAT, one feature I was specifically impressed by was the “Test prep” section. This contained helpful information on tests for high schoolers such as the SAT, and exams for higher level education like the MCAT.
Clicking through more of the app, one trend I began to notice regarding the content was an overwhelming majority of videos to articles. Understanding that Khan Academy has a focus on creating concise educational videos, it would still be nice to have more articles to read and the ability to sort videos from articles.
The major downside of the app that I experienced was not necessarily the content itself, but the search feature. In terms of offering relevant videos, I often had to be very careful with what I typed in the search box or else I would get unrelated content. However, the fact that the videos each had transcripts to read along with was a plus.
As an Android user, I missed out on some of the features offered to iOS devices—most notably, the option to do exercises on subjects like math. I was also unable to use a scratchpad feature which recognizes your handwriting to solve problems. Hopefully the Android app will be updated soon, but I am definitely not complaining at this burst of information I have at my hands.