Oct 15, 2021

Inspiration exists, but it must find us working!

With some of our Khan contest winners
With some of our Khan contest winners

Dear Friends,

Working with inspiration makes everything easier, but inspiration must find you working! For the past four months we have been working hard and this is why inspiration has never left us! We are happy to be able to continue to work with inspiration and to inspire in turn teachers and students to work hard and achieve excellent results.

Here is what we have achieved together, with the support of people like you:
 

Math, History and Programming students’ contests with Khan Academy

Our three students' contests with Khan Academy for the last school year finished in June 2021. Thanks to our amazing sponsors from Chaos, the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria, Ozone.bg, Bulgarian History and Launchee we were able to award 36 out of more than 100 amazing students and 8 of the most engaged teachers! The contestants were from all over Bulgaria - big cities, small towns, even villages. This really is a great proof that Khan Academy is inspiring anyone anywhere. We were absolutely amazed by the results of the best performing students: Victoria for example spent over 2234 minutes in learning with Khan Academy for the three months of the contests! As part of the awarding ceremony, some of the winners had the possibility to meet and exchange with the U.S. Ambassador in Bulgaria and with representatives from Chaos who told them more about the company which was honored with the Sci-tech Oscar in 2017.

Khan Academy: What’s new?

This summer Khan Academy launched some brand new courses in Science and many new content in Math. We have already managed to translate the new course Environmental science. And we are proud to have our very first piece of local content in the Meet the Biologists section on Khan Academy in Bulgarian – an interview with the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences researcher and “climate ambassador” Kalina.

We continue with the translation of the new math content and with adding it to all the Bulgarian courses. Furthermore, our math experts are doing a great job in aligning the 12th grade course on Khan Academy according to the new Bulgarian curriculum. Their efforts aim for the course to be ready and alive on the site in November 2021 so that all 12-graders can find relevant materials and prepare for their final exams.

And last but not least, our devoted volunteers have meanwhile translated 40+ videos from the Finance and Capital Markets course on Khan Academy!

Stronger in Mathematics with Khan Academy - our new program 

The aim of our new program for Math teachers is to support them in using Khan Academy actively and to assess the impact of Khan in Bulgaria. We hope to be able to bring clear facts and figures about the ways Khan Academy supports students and teachers locally. We have 160 Math teachers from 70 locations registered for this new initiative. The program is supported by the America for Bulgaria Foundation and the Ministry of Education already underlined its interest in the results. The renowned Institute for Research in Education will be responsible for the impact assessment itself. 

Khan Academy localization for the period June – September 2021

  • Translation: 81,1K words and 99 videos (713 min) (Environmental science, Resources for Teachers and Students, Finance, Art history)
  • Proofreading: 421,5K words  and 246 videos (2020 minutes) (Math, Environmental science, Resources for Teachers, Finance, Art history)

All this is possible thanks to the support of our main partner - the America for Bulgaria Foundation, as well as to all your support!

Khan Academy usage growth 

For the past 4 months, June - September 2021, we had: 

  • Users growth: 17.90% (compared to the same period in 2019 as 2020 was unprecedented)
  • Sessions growth: 16.77% (compared to the same period in 2019 as 2020 was unprecedented)

Khan Academy released new “Khan for Educators” videos 

For the new school year, Khan Academy’s Headquarters released 8 new videos with tips for teachers on how to motivate students, how to use videos, assignment and assignment reports on Khan and many more. We are really happy that we managed to motivate volunteers to translate them timely. So these videos can be now of good use to all teachers across Bulgaria that engage their students to master skills and classes with Khan!

You can help us keep working hard and inspire students and teachers to give their best! Without you, our work won’t be possible!

Please consider becoming a monthly donor, if you are not already, and telling your friends about our mission and successes. 

#YouCanLearnAnything!

Thank you!

Khan contest winners with US Ambassador
Khan contest winners with US Ambassador
Stronger in Math with Khan Academy Program
Stronger in Math with Khan Academy Program
New "Khan for Educators" videos
New "Khan for Educators" videos
Testimonials from contestants
Testimonials from contestants

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Jun 17, 2021

Hitting the reset button: A better normal after the pandemic!

Working on our new website with Web Motion's team
Working on our new website with Web Motion's team

Dear Friends,

 

The past four months were a kind of restart for the entire world. Even though there are still countries that fight the horrible virus, a sense of hope is in the air and we are fast to catch it! A restart to our normal ways of life, a refresh to our daily effectiveness, a reviving of our optimal functioning is what we work for! We are happy to be able to build a better normal after the pandemic.

 

Here is what we have achieved together, with the support of people like you: 

 

Khan Academy: Translation of all available videos, exercises and articles from Physics, Biology and Chemistry, and strong volunteers’ support for translation and expert check of Finance and Capital Markets course

 

We managed to complete the translation of all videos, exercises and articles available on Khan as of now in the Physics, Chemistry and Biology courses, and some newly added materials. Proofreading and experts’ check will follow in the next few months.

We continue with proofreading of videos and exercises in the Math courses - in Algebra, High School Geometry and Multivariable calculus.

We gathered a team of devoted volunteers for translating the Finance and Capital Markets course, and they have already translated 80+ videos in 4 months!

Localization results for the period February 2021 – May 2021:

  • Translation: 185 K words (Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Finance) and 219 videos (14 in Health and Medicine; 5 in Physics; 42 in Biology; 87 in Finance; 71 in Chemistry)
  • Proofreading: 333 K words (Math, Finance) and 224 Math videos (1707 minutes)

All this is possible thanks to the support of our main partner - the America for Bulgaria Foundation, as well as to all your support!

 

Khan Academy usage growth 

For the past 4 months, February 2021 - May 2021, we had: 

  • Sessions: 105.05% growth compared to the same period in 2019 (compared to the same period in 2020, when due to the pandemic we had unprecedented usage, we have -52.06%)
  • Users: 89.04% growth compared to the same period in 2019 (compared to the same period in 2020, we have -37.15%).

 

Impact assessment of Khan Academy in Bulgaria - “Data for Quality Education” Programme for schools 

At the start of the coming school year 2021/2022, we are launching a programme for entire schools and their Math teachers around Khan Academy. The aim of the programme is to research the impact of Khan Academy on students and Math teachers in Bulgaria, while supporting those teachers and their schools in using technologies and the great functionalities of Khan in their practice. We hope that at the end of 2022 we could present clear evidence and data about the positive effects of working with the platform in Bulgarian conditions. 

Please spread the word so more teachers and schools from around the country enroll in the programme - you could find the link below. 

 

Amazing results of the “Antifragility through cloud solutions” project

As this project came to an end, we would like to give a big thanks to our partners from the Sofia Development Association and Sofia Municipality!

With their support we started using Amazon Web Services so that we can make quicker and deeper analyses of data on education in Bulgaria - thus we hope to start providing a solid basis for decision making both for our initiatives and for institutional policies. We also have a brand new web page that you can visit (link below) (for now it’s running only in Bulgarian but we are currently working on its English version). We already have an annual subscription to SendInBlue - so you can subscribe to our new and redesigned e-newsletter in Bulgarian (link below)! 

 

Salman Khan’s book “The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined” - translated in Bulgarian

Thanks to our partners from “East-West” Publishing Salman Khan’s book “The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined” is already available in Bulgarian! We are very happy to be able to inspire Bulgarian teachers through Khan’s revolutionary point of view on the school system. As the pandemic made digital classrooms possible all over the world, we can no longer turn our backs to transformation of education, covered in various aspects in Sal’s book. 

 

You can help us keep working for better normal after the pandemic! More than ever students, teachers, institutions need to adapt while evaluating what happened to all of us in the last 1,5 years. The pandemic showed us that we can be creative and flexible, and that we need to take special care of our children - the future leaders! To do so we need to give them more of the best instruments available to succeed. 

 

Please consider becoming a monthly donor, if you are not already, and telling your friends about our mission and successes. 

 

Let’s work together to build a better normal after the pandemic!




Thank you!

 

The translated in Bulgarian book of Sal Khan
The translated in Bulgarian book of Sal Khan
Our team is back in the office working together
Our team is back in the office working together
Hitting the reset button: A better normal now
Hitting the reset button: A better normal now

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Feb 17, 2021

Abreast with the times!

The main localization team for Math
The main localization team for Math

Dear Friends,

These past four months were difficult for everyone because of the pandemic. However, we decided to not let our spirits down, to take out the most of the situation and to keep abreast with the times!

Have a look at what we have achieved together, with the support of people like you: 

Khan Academy: Integral Calculus and Linear Algebra courses available in Bulgarian and 11th Grade Math courses aligned with new Bulgaian curriculum

We have completed the translation of two new courses in Math: Integral Calculus and Linear Algebra. They are meant to help students in specialised highschools who want to deepen their knowledge in Math analysis and find the link between Math and other interesting fields like smart technology. Each of these courses have more than 50 separate lessons that are explained by the help of video materials, articles and exercises all of which are already in Bulgarian.

We are grateful for the kind support we received by the America for Bulgaria Foundation and the efforts of all our translators. With their and your support, we continue the localization of all Science courses too!

And even more to report! Since the beginning of the school year 2020/2021, a new curriculum for 11th grade Math is applied in Bulgarian schools. Our math experts did a great job and aligned the 11th grade courses in Khan Academy according to the new curriculum! They will continue their efforts with the alignment of the 12th grade courses so that from the new 2021/2022 school year it will be much easier for any 12-grader to find relevant materials and prepare for their final exams!

State of the translation effort today

We managed to complete the translation and proofreading of Integral calculus, Linear algebra and Health and Medicine courses by the end of 2020 as planned. We also work with few devoted volunteers for translating the Finance and capital markets course, and some newly added Biology materials.

Localization results for the period 01.10.2020 – 31.01.2021:

  • Translation: 330,4 K words and 206 videos (1678 minutes)
  • Proofreading: 370,2 K words and 336 videos (2507 minutes).

All this is possible thanks to the support of our main partner America for Bulgaria Foundation, as well as to all your support!

Khan Academy usage growth 

For the past 4 months 01.10.2020 - 31.01.2021 we had: 

  • Sessions: 103% growth (compared to same period last year)
  • Users: 98% growth (compared to same period last year)

Isn't this a reason to celebrate? These are not just numbers. They mean more and more Bulgarian students progressing towards better knowledge and skills and towards a better future for all of us.

Round tables, teacher trainings and more

Last months we have been very busy organizing two round tables on the topic “Successful learning process and the reality of digitization” - specially for the professional educational communities in Vidin, Pleven and Montana regions where students show some of the worst educational results in the last years. These useful online events were implemented within the framework of our project supported by the Active Citizens Fund through the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area. Various aspects were discussed: good practices for the transition to distance education, biggest challenges like Internet access, lack of devices, management of digital classrooms, feedback from the students and their motivation to learn.

We also conducted three trainings for teachers on the topics “Digital tools for attractive education” and “Innovative educational practices”. Here is a very kind and interesting feedback we received after one of the trainings by Lyubka Ivanova, a teacher in “Hristo Botev” School, Targovishte, Bulgaria:

"Like my students, [...] I am still in education, I have to strengthen and expand my knowledge. [...] I have [also] grandchildren, and I dream of [...] being a competent grandmother. Thanks! You have my great respect for your youth and your desire to help us keep abreast with the times of this new generation of children!"

Antifragility through cloud solutions

This is the title of our new project which will guarantee the good work of our team both remotely and in the office. Antifragility is when difficulties lead to natural bloom instead of decay. The better we do as an organization, the more effectively we support the educational system. Of course, before we can change the world, we must change and adapt ourselves and this is why we undertook this project! A big thank-you goes to our partners from the Sofia Development Association (SDA) and Sofia Municipality (SM)! We will keep you posted about the progress in the next months.

Strategy framework for the Bulgarian education 2030

The Ministry of Education started a public consultation of the draft for a new strategy for education policies towards 2030. We provided our official opinion - mainly focused on digitalization aspects, and continue supporting the Ministry as well as our cooperation with diverse range of expert organizations on achieving a bigger impact on Bulgarian students.

You can help us keep inspiring anyone - students, teachers, institutions,  and give them more of the best instruments available to succeed. Please consider becoming a monthly donor, if you are not already, and telling your friends about our mission and successes. 

Let’s put our difficulties behind and walk abreast with the times - together for a better tomorrow!

Thank you!

11th grade Math according to the new BG curriculum
11th grade Math according to the new BG curriculum
1st meeting of supported teams with SDA & SM
1st meeting of supported teams with SDA & SM
Our motto while keeping abreast with the times
Our motto while keeping abreast with the times

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