Khan Academy, a non-profit organization dedicated to education, is taking strategic measures to maintain its position at the forefront of AI in education from preschool to 12th grade. One of the steps they are taking, announced on November 15th, is […]
Khan Academy, a non-profit organization dedicated to education, is taking strategic measures to maintain its position at the forefront of AI in education from preschool to 12th grade. One of the steps they are taking, announced on November 15th, is reducing the cost of using Khanmigo, their AI-powered chatbot currently used in 32 school districts. The company states that the price reduction aims to make the instructional tool available to more school districts as many of them are facing budget cuts due to the expiration of federal COVID aid.
In addition to reducing the cost, Khan Academy is implementing technical improvements to attract more school districts to utilize Khanmigo. Later this month, school districts using this tool will have access to a new feature – personalized feedback on student work, such as essays and other written assignments. The price of Khanmigo, which enables students and teachers to interact with a personalized tutor and curriculum planner, will drop from $60 to $35 per student per year.
Moreover, Khan Academy has introduced a new feature to Khanmigo. Starting from the next academic year, students will be able to submit their essay drafts to Khanmigo, which will guide them through the revision process. Students will receive feedback on the structure and organization of their essays, the effectiveness of their arguments, and their writing style. Khan describes Khanmigo as an “ethical mentor or editor” that helps students improve their work.
Khan Academy has plans to enhance its approach in the upcoming school year, making Khanmigo a tool to prevent cheating during writing assignments while also providing teachers with preliminary assessments of student work based on rubrics. It will be more difficult for students to cheat using AI, as Khanmigo will provide teachers with reports on the individual writing process. This means that if a student simply copies and pastes an essay from ChatGPT, Khanmigo will inform the teacher, “I do not know the exact origin of this work. I did not work on it with the student.”
Additionally, Khanmigo is being programmed to evaluate the quality of students’ final essays for teachers, stating: “Based on the rubrics we have created, I would assign the following grades to this essay on different dimensions of the rubric. Here’s why. But, you are the teacher. You should confirm it.” This could be a milestone for teachers in terms of grading, but Khan emphasizes that teachers will still have control over the process.
In the future, Khanmigo will provide teachers with insights on the areas of the writing process where their students may require additional support. It could say, “You know, these five students are struggling with thesis statements. In the end, we managed to work on it, but I think they could benefit from a workshop,” Khan said. Or it could say, “All of your students are having trouble distinguishing between credible and non-credible sources. Maybe you should create a lesson on that.” It will be able to provide insights for all students.
Furthermore, work is underway to develop technology that will allow Khanmigo to be used outside of the Khan Academy platform. This would enable the tutor to provide support to students while reading texts on websites such as Wikipedia or the New York Times.