LEARNSTORM RULES AND FAQs

ELIGIBILITY

Who can participate in LearnStorm
LearnStorm is open to teachers and students grades 3 to 12 in an accredited US school or homeschool. Physical prizes are only available to classrooms of 10 or more students.
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HOW TO PARTICIPATE

How to participate as a teacher
Starting September 12, use the Khan Academy assignments tool to assign videos, exercises, or articles to students. As students complete assignments, their class will make progress through six LearnStorm levels,unlocking prizes as they go. Completing LearnStorm Level Six makes a class eligible for a limited-availability LearnStorm prize box. The six-week challenge ends on October 20.
How to participate as a student
Complete the teacher’s assignments to earn LearnStorm levels as a class and unlock prizes! The teacher will assign our fun, interactive growth mindset activities. Each activity will help students develop a growth mindset and new learning strategies.

WHAT CAN YOU WIN?

Check out our prizes page to learn what you can win!

ELIGIBILITY & SIGN-UP FAQs

Can I participate in LearnStorm if I do not live in the US?
No. Only teachers and students in the US may participate at this time.
Can I participate in LearnStorm if I am not in grades 3-12?
No. Only teachers and students in grades 3-12 may participate at this time.
Can I participate in LearnStorm if I am home schooled?
Yes! Homeschooled students may participate as part of their homeschool group or individually through 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 six 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.
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PARTICIPATION FAQs

How is LearnStorm different from normal Khan Academy?
LearnStorm is built within Khan Academy. It is a fun, motivating experience that will take place for six-weeks right at back to school. As part of LearnStorm, teachers will have a special progress dashboard showing their class move through a series of LearnStorm levels. As classes work together to complete LearnStorm levels, they will earn limited edition digital and in-real life 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 3 assignments per student per week of LearnStorm. If teachers follow the recommendation to assign 3 assignments per student for the week, we estimate it would take about 20-25 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 submitting 3 assignments per student. For example, a class with 20 students would need to submit 60 completed assignments to complete a level.
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.
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. If students worked ahead and already completed the growth mindset activity before you assigned it, teachers should just re-assign the activity. Students will 'get credit' by clicking the assignment and do not need to re-submit the entire mindset activity.
How does deleting an assignment from my coach dashboard affect my class's LearnStorm progress?
Anything turned in before you deleted the assignment will be recorded and count toward your class progress. However, anything turned in 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 six weeks of LearnStorm are over?
LearnStorm runs from September 12th - October 20th. When LearnStorm ends, teachers will still have access to normal Khan Academy, including the assignments tool and the full content library. The LearnStorm progress tracker will be removed 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.
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CLASS PRIZE FAQs

How do I earn a free LearnStorm class poster?
Refer LearnStorm to 3 teachers and we’ll mail you a 24’’ x 36’’ interactive class poster while supplies last. The referral link can be found in the email you received after signing up for LearnStorm. You can also print out the poster yourself here.
Is everyone eligible for the LearnStorm Level 6 prize box?
Due to limited supplies, only classrooms with 10 or more students are eligible for the Level 6 prize box. Prize boxes will be mailed out on a rolling basis as classrooms reach Level 6.
Are prize boxes per classroom, per eligible teacher, or per school?
Prize boxes are awarded per classroom. So, a teacher with 3 classes with 20 students could earn up to 3 prize boxes if they all complete LearnStorm Level 6.

SCHOOL GRAND PRIZE FAQs

How do I become eligible for the school grand prize?
Your school must have three or more teachers who have reached LearnStorm Level 6 with one of their classrooms. This must be three or more different teachers, so one teacher with three classes who have reached Level 6 does not make a school eligible.
How do I apply?
Once you are eligible, all LearnStorm teachers in your school will receive an email with an invitation and instructions on how to apply. One application should be submitted on behalf of your school.
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