RULES AND FAQs
Teachers, make sure you have created a Khan Academy Teacher account, added a class, and rostered your students. Starting August 13, you can quickly and easily sign your classes up for LearnStorm using the LearnStorm banner on your coach dashboard. For help getting started, visit learnstorm.khanacademy.org/resources.Sign up now!
In order to get the full LearnStorm experience, students need to be part of a class on Khan Academy and signed up for LearnStorm by their teacher.
How to participate As a Teacher
Assign: Starting September 4, assign lesson-aligned videos, exercises, articles, and growth mindset activities to your students on Khan Academy. We recommend assigning at least 45 minutes of practice per week (~5 assignments per student).
Promote practice: During LearnStorm, any assignments completed by your students, in-class or at home, will count toward progress on your custom LearnStorm Tracker. Note: Independent practice on unassigned work will not count toward progress in LearnStorm and will not be reflected on your LearnStorm tracker.
Check your LearnStorm Tracker: We recommend checking your LearnStorm Tracker regularly and frequently to see which level your class is on. With your students watching, navigate to your LearnStorm Tracker and click "check progress." Watch your class progress populate. This works best when you project your screen to the entire class. The link to your LearnStorm Tracker will be provided in a banner on your coach dashboard and via weekly emails.
Pro-tip: Consider taking a video to capture your students' reactions and share it with us via Twitter or Facebook using #LearnStorm.
Keep going, keep growing: With each new level, your class will unlock a digital badge or surprise celebration. There are an unlimited number of LearnStorm levels your class can unlock. Set a goal and keep going, keep growing! You never know what you might discover on the next LearnStorm level :)
Caution: Once students unlock that first level, you might find that students are asking you to assign them more work (teacher swoon)!
The program is available for 10 weeks and closes on November 9. After November 9, assignments completed by students will no longer count toward levels in LearnStorm. Teachers can continue to check their LearnStorm Tracker until November 23.
How to participate as a student
Students complete the teacher’s assignments to unlock LearnStorm levels and earn special badges! The teacher will assign our fun, interactive growth mindset activities to help students learn about their brain and how we learn. Each activity will help them develop a growth mindset, new learning strategies, and learning confidence.
If a student is not able to participate as part of a class in LearnStorm, they can independently complete the LearnStorm Growth Mindset Activities to build their growth mindset and earn limited-edition badges.
Ideas for implementing LearnStorm
LearnStorm is designed to flex and adapt to your classroom environment. Below are some suggestions for how you might implement it with your students.Sign up now!
LearnStorm as a grade-level or school competition: If competition motivates your students, you can easily make LearnStorm feel competitive. Consider having class periods or entire grade levels race each other to each LearnStorm level. Keep track on a poster in a school hallway or announce LearnStorm level standings over the school PA system each week. Recognize classes that achieve the most LearnStorm levels at the end of the program.
LearnStorm as a collaborative class challenge: Competition isn’t motivating to all classrooms. LearnStorm is a great program to foster class collaboration and teamwork. Set a goal to reach a certain LearnStorm level together as a class. Encourage students to work together to complete the number of assignments required to reach the next level each week. Allow students to add a tally next to their name on a board/poster each time they complete an assignment that week. Set a time each week when you will project the LearnStorm Tracker to your class. Celebrate reaching the level together and highlight top assignment contributors for the week. See how far you can go together!
ELIGIBILITY & SIGN-UP FAQs
Can I participate in LearnStorm if I do not live in the US?
At this time LearnStorm is available to classrooms in the US, Mexico, and India. We hope to expand the program to additional geographies in future years.
Classrooms in Mexico can participate in a program like LearnStorm. To learn more visit khanpeonato.khanacademy.org
Classrooms in India can participate in LearnStorm. To learn more visit learnstormin.khanacademy.org
Can I participate in LearnStorm if I am not in grades 3-12?
Yes. Teachers and students outside of grades 3-12 may participate. However, the program is most appropriate for 3-12 grade classrooms.
Can I participate in LearnStorm if I am home schooled?
Yes! Homeschooled students may participate as part of their homeschool group or individually by completing the growth mindset activities.
As a principal or district administrator, can I sign up all of my students for LearnStorm?
No. LearnStorm is designed as a teacher and classroom-based campaign, and works best if teachers sign up each of their classes for LearnStorm.
As a parent, how can I participate in LearnStorm with my child?
Encourage your child to work through LearnStorm’s growth mindset activities. You may learn alongside them to help motivate them.
Where can I find resources to help me participate in LearnStorm?
Check out the LearnStorm resources page
What if I have a question that isn't answered here?
Check out Khan Academy’s Help Center
where you can read how-to articles, submit a ticket, or post to the support community. Or email us at email@example.com.
How is LearnStorm different from normal Khan Academy?
LearnStorm is built within Khan Academy. It is a fun, motivating experience that will be available to classrooms for 10 weeks beginning at back to school. As part of LearnStorm, teachers will have access to a special LearnStorm Tracker showing their class move through a series of LearnStorm levels. As classes work together to complete LearnStorm levels, they will earn limited edition digital prizes.
What content will my students work on during LearnStorm?
The content students experience during LearnStorm is selected and assigned by their teacher. Teachers can assign content from across the Khan Academy library during LearnStorm. Any content item (video, article, exercise) a teacher assigns will count in LearnStorm. Teachers can also assign our LearnStorm growth mindset activities
during the challenge.
How much time per week does participating in LearnStorm require?
Classes complete levels in LearnStorm by completing assignments. On average, we recommend 5 assignments per student per week of LearnStorm. If teachers follow the recommendation to assign 5 assignments per student for the week, we estimate it would take about 40-45 minutes of time for students to complete those assignments. Assignments can be completed in class, as homework, or anytime students have access to their Khan Academy accounts, even at an after school program or library. Teachers can assign more or less depending on what feels most appropriate for their students.
How do classes move from one level to the next?
Classes complete levels by completing 3 assignments per student. For example, a class with 20 students would need to complete 60 assignments to complete a level. There is no requirement to achieve a certain number of levels in LearnStorm. Classrooms can move at their own pace toward their own level goal. Classrooms can unlock an unlimited number of levels in LearnStorm. Classes will never lose levels in LearnStorm.
What if I add / drop students mid-way through the challenge?
Your class progress for completed levels in LearnStorm will be saved. For example, say you earned the level 1 prize with 10 students but then added 2 students. Your level 2 assignment target would go up based on those 2 students, but you would NOT lose your level 1 class progress. Classes will never lose levels in LearnStorm.
Does anything assigned by a teacher count?
Yes. Anything a teacher assigns will count in LearnStorm, including content in a different subject or grade. All completed assignments will count, regardless of the grade on the assignment or if it was turned in late.
Do teachers need to assign the growth mindset activities for it to count in LearnStorm?
Yes. Growth mindset activities must be assigned by the teacher in order to count. Each growth mindset activity is composed of 3 articles labeled part 1, part 2, and part 3. A teacher must assign and a student must complete all 3 articles / parts to earn the badge for that growth mindset activity.
How does deleting an assignment from my coach dashboard affect my class's LearnStorm progress?
Anything work completed before you deleted the assignment will be recorded and count toward your class progress. However, anything work completed AFTER you delete the assignment will no longer count.
Will student work on material that I haven’t assigned count in LearnStorm?
No. Only assigned work will count. This ensures that students are working at their learning edge and on relevant materials for your class. However, we encourage students to work independently through Khan Academy and to celebrate their progress through energy points they earn.
What will happen when the LearnStorm is over?
LearnStorm runs from September 4 - November 9. When LearnStorm ends, teachers will still have access to normal Khan Academy, including the assignments tool and the full content library. After November 9, assignments completed by students will no longer count toward levels in LearnStorm. Teachers can continue to check their LearnStorm Tracker until November 23. The LearnStorm progress tracker will be removed on November 24 and we will no longer offer LearnStorm prizes.
YouTube is blocked for my district. What do I do?
Khan Academy’s backup video player will be used automatically to play videos on the website if your district blocks YouTube.
TypeForm is blocked for my district. What do I do?
Please ask your district to whitelist www.typeform.com so that your students can complete the growth mindset activities. For other sites to whitelist to enable full Khan Academy access, check out this article
LEARNSTORM CLASS KIT FAQs
What is the LearnStorm Class kit?
The LearnStorm Class Kit includes fun items that you can use to celebrate your students progress in LearnStorm. Inside the box, you’ll find 40 LearnStorm pencils, 40 stickers and Growth Mindset poster to get your classroom in the LearnStorm spirit.
DO I RECEIVE A LEARNSTORM CLASS KIT WHEN I GET TO LEVEL SIX LIKE LAST YEAR?
This year, we are not providing LearnStorm Class Kits when a classroom reaches a certain level in LearnStorm, like we did during LearnStorm 2017. All LearnStorm level prizes are digital in LearnStorm 2018. Additionally, when your class reaches level 6, you will have the opportunity to apply for the Keep Going, Keep Growing Award. From the application pool, we will select 100 Top Finalists and 5 Keep Going, Keep Growing Award recipients.
How can i win a LearnStorm class kit?
LearnStorm will award a total of 2,000 LearnStorm Class Kits through a random drawing to teachers. To be entered into the drawing, simply sign-up for LearnStorm anytime between August 13 to September 3.
We will hold 3 separate drawings to award prize boxes weekly between August 13 to September 3. If you are not awarded a prize box in the first drawing, you will automatically be eligible for the next one. There is a limited supply for LearnStorm Class Kits.
To earn a LearnStorm Class Kit, you need to have signed up for LearnStorm by clicking “Enroll for LearnStorm” on the banner in your Khan Academy Coach Dashboard. You must be signed into your Khan Academy teacher account to access the sign-up banner.
When and how do I get notified if i win a LearnStorm class kit?
We are doing three weekly drawings depending on when you sign-up.
See below for dates:
Sign-up from 8/13/18 – 8/19/18, drawing date 8/20/18, winner notification date 8/21/18
Sign-up from 8/20/18 – 8/26/18, drawing date 8/27/18, winner notification date 8/28/18
Sign-up from 8/27/18 – 9/2/18, drawing date 9/4/18, winner notification date 9/5/18
You will be notified via the email tied to your Khan Academy teacher account. If you won the prize box, you will have 5 business days to claim your prize box by filling out a form that provides us with the address the box is to be shipped to. The link to the form will be provided in your notification email.
AFTER I GET NOTIFIED, WHEN SHOULD I RECEIVE MY LEARNSTORM CLASS KIT?
You will be entered into one of three weekly drawing based on when you sign-up. We will ship the prize box as early as we can, but we cannot promise when you receive the box, since shipping time varies based on where you are located.
IF I DON’T Win A LEARNSTORM CLASS KIT IN THE RAFFLE, WILL THERE BE OTHER OPPORTUNITIES TO WIN ONE?
There is a limited-quantity of LearnStorm Class Kits. The only other possible opportunity to earn one is through a social media contest. Please follow Khan Academy on Instagram and Facebook to be alerted when this opportunity comes up.
Another prize opportunity is the Keep Going, Keep Growing Award. Applications for this award will open in October (see the Prizes page for more information).
KEEP GOING, KEEP GROWING AWARD FAQs
How do I become eligible for the school grand prize?
Reach Level 6 in LearnStorm. You can check to see what level your class is on using your LearnStorm tracker.
How do I apply?
You will receive an email with an invitation and instructions on how to apply. One application should be submitted on behalf of your school. Application open dates and the application deadline will be communicated via email.
What is required for the application?
The application consists of a few short answer questions about how LearnStorm has impacted your students, your classroom, your school, and you. The application is a Google Form and submitted electronically.
How will my application be evaluated?
Khan Academy will select winners based on a review of the following criteria: Engagement in LearnStorm, use of growth mindset activities, school involvement and teamwork in LearnStorm, demonstrated need, creativity and quality of application
When and how will I be notified if we win?
We will notify you if your class has won via email prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. All top 100 finalists and the 5 Keep Going, Keep Growing Award winners will be notified on the same day.