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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Oct 20, 2020

Planting the seed of free world class education!

Students graduating as Ambassadors of Khan Academy
Students graduating as Ambassadors of Khan Academy

Dear Friends,

There is a famous quote that says: If you want a child’s mind to grow, you must first plant a seed. This quote is a great example of the kind of work we have invested ourselves in during the past four months.

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

Awarded students - for their Khan mastery in Maths

From April 21 to July 15, 2020 we organized our first online math competition for students in Khan Academy. During the summer we have awarded the winners! They were drawn by lottery and 12 great voucher prizes from Ozone.bg were sent out to 12 lucky and hardworking children. There were also awards for the 3 most engaged teachers who have motivated and registered the most students for this initiative. We continue sharing on social media the inspiring stories of the participants, what they learned and what it ultimately meant for them to take part in this online competition in that hard period when all schools were closed during the pandemic. We have planted the seed that success can be achieved even in times of digital over in-class education - thanks to Khan Academy, the free world-class education platform available to anyone, anywhere.

15 highschool students - our first Khan Academy Ambassadors!

Khan Academy in Bulgaria has its first “Ambassadors”, and they are highschool students from Sliven, Pleven and Montana regions! These great young people have embraced the idea of free world class education available to everyone, everywhere and have made it their cause. The seed was planted in the minds of almost 1,200 children who attended the 20 different events organized by the Ambassadors in their home regions in only 2 weeks! We were able to launch this Khan Academy Students’ Ambassador Program as a result of a project financed by the National Program for Youth of the Bulgarian Ministry of Youth and Sport. And we hope to continue it with your support! 

Our recent social media campaign rocks!

Currently we are advertising Khan Academy on Facebook and Instagram with four new really great visuals, thanks to the support of the US Embassy in Sofia and in collaboration with the Noble Graphics Agency. You can see one of the visuals at the end of this report, and for the rest - just check our Facebook and Instagram accounts, and if you don’t follow us there, please do so!

State of the translation effort today

We recently completed and published all content from our World History course. 

Now the team is focusing its efforts on translation and proofreading of the Integral calculus and Linear algebra courses as well as the Health and Medicine course. The goal is all of them to be finished and set online by the end of the year. 

We also work with few devoted volunteers for translating some new added materials in Science courses, Arts and Computing.

Localization results for the period 01.06.2020 – 30.09.2020:

  • Translation: 339,7 K words (Math) and 341 videos (2875,5 minutes) - 314 Health and medicine; 13 Biology; 7 Art; 7 Chemistry;
  • Proofreading: 481,325 K words (Math, History) and 277 videos  (2624 minutes) - 202 Math; 55 Health and medicine; 13 Biology; 7 Chemistry

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

Khan Academy usage growth 

Khan Academy usage growth for the past 4 months: 17.06. - 30.09.2020

  • Sessions: 35% growth (compared to same period last year)
  • Users: 34%  growth (compared to same period last year)

Planting the seed of free world class education for anyone, anywhere continues!

In a world where the best services and products normally cost, and they cost a lot, we need to keep reminding people that education, no matter the form - online or in-class, must be world-class, and that world-class education can be fully free and available to everyone, everywhere. We are proud of our new Ambassadors that continue to spread the seed, and of all great teachers whose job is to plant the seed to believe that you can learn anything!

You can help us keep inspiring minds and give them more of the best instruments available to succeed. Please consider becoming a monthly donor, if you are not already, or at least tell your friends about our mission and successes.

Let’s plant good seeds together!

Thank you!

Students Ambassadors in action
Students Ambassadors in action
Advertising campaign on social media for Math
Advertising campaign on social media for Math
Among the winners in the Math competition
Among the winners in the Math competition

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Jun 25, 2020

Education is everything!

Free webinars for teachers and school principals
Free webinars for teachers and school principals

Dear Friends,

The Covid-19 pandemic is changing the world we live in and force us rearrange our priorities. Bulgarian education is no exception! In just two days it completely changed its model of work and our team worked overtime to help all participants in the process - students, teachers, parents and government institutions.

Have a look at what we have achieved together for the past four months: 

 

Adviser to the Ministry of Education and Science

Our team was part of the working group which consulted the Ministry of Education and Science regarding the readiness and opportunities for the introduction of distance learning in Bulgaria. Other participants were representatives of all leading digital platforms, the teachers' unions, school principals, teachers, universities. We are also happy that the Ministry of Education and Science accepted the proposal initiated by us and other experts to analyze and evaluate the process of distance learning due to Covid-19. Following the request by the Minister of Education Krasimir Valchev, we are supporting the Institute for Research in Education in coordinating and implementing this research.

 

Materials for a global switch to home-schooling  

We know how important it is to have assistance when you start something new. So when emergency situation and distance learning were introduced in Bulgaria in March 2020 with no preparation possible beforehand,we stood up to support Bulgarian teachers, students and their families as much as possible. For this purpose we have compiled various lists of useful tips and materials on topics such as online security of students' personal data, quality educational platforms and variety of good practices for teaching and learning online. All of these materials we share for free!

 

Free webinars for teachers and parents

In support of teachers and parents, we organized over 10 free webinars on various important topics related to quality digital tools and platforms for education, online safety, gamification of the learning process, developing children's skills for safe use of the Internet, and the life of teenagers offline and online. We are happy that many of our partners, experts in various fields, took part in these webinars and we believe that they are really useful. The positive feedback from teachers and students proved that.

 

State of the translation effort today

We announced our brand new Philosophy and Music Courses, with the support of Nedelya Cake Company. Soon we will be ready with the translation of the World History Course thanks to the support of the US Embassy. Have a look at what is already available online  (links below).

Localization results for the period 22.02.2020 – 01.06.2020:

  • Translation: 74,2 K words and 65 videos (418 minutes) - 33 History; 13 Computer science; 8 Economics; 6 Growth mindset; 5 Chemistry;
  • Proofreading: 21,6 K words (Resources, Helpdesk, Math, History) and 84 videos  (792 minutes) - 73 Health and medicine;  5 Growth mindset; 5 Chemistry; 1 Physics 

 

Khan Academy and Shkolo.bg - A really great collaboration!

Shkolo.bg is one of the leading platforms in Bulgaria for school communication with parents and students and further school administration processes. It has 580576 registered users.

Nearly 4500 video lessons in Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, Biology, Medicine, Philosophy, Music, History from Khan Academy are now easily accessible from Shkolo.bg! Thus, even more students, teachers and parents will learn about the Khan Academy . From the beginning of April till mid June 2020 there are over 16000 Khan video lessons views on Shkolo.bg!

 

Khan Academy usage growth 

Khan Academy usage growth for the past 4 months: 23.02.2020- 17.06.2020

  • Sessions: 356% growth (compared to same period last year)
  • Users: 215%  growth (compared to same period last year)

 

Helpdesk of Khan Academy fully translated!

Our team completed the translation of all materials from Khan Academy`s Helpdesk for the benefit of Bulgarian users! And we turned out to be the first team globally to completely translate this really valuable resource, thanks to our colleagues Meli Popova and Sevdalina Peeva! You can find there detailed answers to hundreds of questions about the platform. We are happy we have accomplished that exactly  when many students, teachers and parents needed more support and are successfully working towards finishing the school year.

 

Maths Mastery competition

Schools are closed and there are no competitions, but we wanted to motivate students even when they are at home by giving them the opportunity to challenge themselves. So we launched a national  Math competition on Khan Academy. Every student can take part in it. We really believe that everyone can learn anything! In addition to the knowledge gain, the most engaged students and teachers will receive great prizes provided by our partners from Ozone.bg (one of the most popular online game stores in Bulgaria)!

 

They believe in our cause - Deloitte Foundation in Bulgaria

Deloitte Foundation in Bulgaria supported our cause and Khan Academy in Bulgarian! We want to thank them for the financial support and for the promised pro bono support for the localisation of the Finance and Capital Markets,  Micro- and Macroeconomics courses at Khan Academy.

 

Education is everything! 

Bulgarian education took a very big step in just a few days and impressed the whole Bulgarian society. Teachers were often called heroes for their great efforts to lead their students, our children, into the world of online education.  We are happy we are helping education in Bulgaria to be modern, effective and useful!

You can help us keep helping if you become a monthly donor  or at least tell your friends about us. Because education is everything!

Thank you! 

Fully translated helpdesk
Fully translated helpdesk
Math competition
Math competition
Khan Academy and Shkolo
Khan Academy and Shkolo

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