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Free app of the week: Khan Academy

The free online learning resource goes mobile

Khan Academy

Khan Academy

A huge online learning resource with thousands of global volunteers – possibly the most popular educational site in the world – has gone mobile. The Khan Academy’s origins stem from when founder, Salman Khan, offered to help his young niece with her maths homework. This soon snowballed into creating YouTube videos for her friends and the rest is history. The Khan Academy website is now home to over ten thousand educational videos and text tutorials on subjects ranging from maths to medieval art. What is more, as all the content is completely free it’s little wonder that the Khan Academy website is so popular and visited by around ten million users every month.

Following the release of an official iPad release at the start of 2015, the Khan Academy has finally arrived on Android. While you don’t have to sign in (via Facebook, Google or an existing account) to browse the app’s large library of videos, this does enable you to track your progress and accrue more energy points to earn new achievement badges and unlock avatars. The main menu is very simple and easy to navigate with each main discipline offering a row of subjects to swipe left or right between. It’s fun to browse, but to make it even easier to find exactly what you’re after, there’s also a search option at the top along with some featured topics to pique your interest.