Thousands on the Internet have used Khan Academy, a series of YouTube-based lectures on a range of topics, to learn about stuff. Up until now, those looking to experience Khan-based learning on their iPad have been relegated to the clunky native YouTube interface in iOS.
That will now change, however, with the release of the official Khan Academy iOS app. The app is now available in the App Store and is free so that you can start filling your brain with useful knowledge of topics ranging from differential equations to the intricacies of the “Paulson Bailout” no matter your budget.
According to Fast Company, many schools that have already been incorporating Khan Academy lectures into their curriculum should be able to make great use of the iPad app, as it will provide an avenue for delivering the fantastic Khan content to students on a more personalized, accessible device. Those privileged classrooms that are equipped with a fleet of iPads already are poised to have the biggest advantage with an app roll out like this. Moreover, students of any age now have another great way to access Khan content (can we go ahead and call it “Khantent?”) while doing their homework. How many of you would have paid to have a video refresher of hundreds of calculus topics in high school?
As Fast Company notes, one of the great features of the iPad app is an idea the developers took from the official TED app, which is the inclusion of searchable, time-stamped transcripts of videos. This will make it very simple for those searching for a particular term, subject, or concept to find what they need quickly.
What are your favorite or most useful Khan Academy lectures? Suggest some of the best for other users to try out on their tablets.