Sep 11, 2018

After a great summer with Khan Academy in Bulgarian

Alex and friends during our Khanaton
Alex and friends during our Khanaton

Dear Friends,

Summer may be great even far away from the beach! For example, when you work for the Bulgarian version of Khan Academy and  have inspiring meetings with teachers, students, volunteers and organisations who support you. Here is what we’d like to share with you in this still quite hot September:

Khanaton

In July we organised our first Khanaton since many years. This is an event where we gather volunteers willing to translate Khan Academy content - and spend some cheery time translating together. This year we invited students mainly at high school age.

But guess what? We had to find out that Khan Academy fans may start translating even at an earlier age! So did our friend Alex (you know him from previous reports) and two of his friends. They have had just finished 4th grade. They joined the Khanaton and worked as a team, translating the subtitles of one Khan Academy video! They were also inventive enough to find the automatic translation function and then to only edit where it’s needed :)))).

You can see a picture of Alex, his friends and the other enthusiasts above.

The Khanaton was  organized with the support of Coca-Cola Helenic Bulgaria. The company awarded our project idea to encourage youth to volunteer and contribute to important causes.

Teachers’ training

Also in July, together with our partners from the Center for Creative Training we organized our first teachers training providing participating teachers also with the so called qualification credits (teachers need such for their career development, according to Bulgarian law). Of course, Khan Academy was one of the central topics.

We were impressed by the interest teachers demonstrated and by their discipline and determination to finish the hard programme we had prepared for them!

Newly added teachers’ resources on Khan Academy - of course already translated in Bulgarian

In August our dedicated volunteer Viktoria Dimitrova translated the newly added Khan Academy resources for teachers. They consist of one-hour video training which helps teachers get the basics - what is Khan Academy and how to use it, why it is so absolutely unique in helping each student achieve her/his best. Enjoy the videos and prepare for the new school year! The link is below.

America for Bulgaria Foundation is supporting us again!

We are delighted and happy to share that our main partner - the America for Bulgaria Foundation - will support us for one more year. With this new grant, we will focus on the localisation of Math and Physics content, on teachers trainings and Khan Academy promotional presentations for students.

Another great partnership - with Viber

Couple of months ago, representatives of Viber called us with a cooperation proposal. As it turned out - Khan Academy has many fans, also among the Viber colleagues, and they want to help us spread the word about Khan Academy in Bulgarian.

So on 17th of September, first day of the new school year in Bulgaria, watch out for the Khan Academy in Bulgarian free sticker pack, our chatbot with lots of inspirations and challenges and the launch of a Viber community.

We cannot express how happy we are to have you and all those organizations behind us! Your support means a lot to us and most importantly - to all students who want to learn and to live up to their potential! We continue to count on your donations!

State of the translation effort today

Results from the past 3 months:

  • Translations: 675 K words and 286 videos (Math, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, Health and Medicine);
  • Proofreading: 175 K words and 105 videos (Math, Chemistry & Physics);
  • Newly dubbed 82 video lessons (Computing).

Khan Academy usage growth  

Results for the past 3 months:

  • Sessions - now 65 593, with continuing strong growth;
  • Users - now 45 495 unique visitors.

For more great outcomes like those above - please support us again! Donate, or share and invite friends to join our common efforts for education of the future!

We use the opportunity to share more news: 

  • Khan Academy released a course for younger learners. For non-English speaking kids, it is appropriate for learning English. You can download it for free of course! Just type Khan Academy Kids in your browser.
  • Khan Academy has a new logo! Have a look below.

 

More from the Khanaton
More from the Khanaton
Teachers' training
Teachers' training
Khan Academy Kids
Khan Academy Kids
Khan Academy Resourses for teachers
Khan Academy Resourses for teachers
Khan Academy's new logo
Khan Academy's new logo

Links:

Jun 13, 2018

Together with 66 million learners in the global Khan Academy classroom

Ivan with the students from Dolni Dabnik School
Ivan with the students from Dolni Dabnik School

Dear Friends,

Three months later since you’ve last heard from us - let us tell you how busy we were recently while telling more and more students and their teachers about Khan Academy and all great features it has:   

Presentations of Khan Academy - specially for students and teachers

We went to Dolni Dabnik, Pleven, Veliko Tarnovo and Vratsa. We were in 8 schools and reached more than 430 students and 70 teachers - exciting them about the cool lessons and features of the platform.

Actually, we tell about Khan Academy whenever possible :)

Here is an impressive list of events we used to promote Khan Academy (and this - only for the past three months):

  • Days of Opportunities - for students, organised by Rotaract Club Sofia-City (March 2018)
  • Together in the Education Conference, with Teach for Bulgaria alumni (March 2018)
  • Forum “Klyuch” 2018 (March 2018)
  • Europe’s role in the civil education, a conference organised by the Representation of the European Commission in Bulgaria (April 2018)
  • Several live interviews for media, e.g. in Business Daily @ TV Europa (April 2018), Myths in Education @ Darik Radio (May 2018)
  • Sofia Science Festival, organised by British Council and Sofia Municipality (May 2018)
  • Scientix Conference, organised by European Schoolnet (May 2018)
  • Education 4.0, a conference organised by 24 Chasa and Vivacom (June 2018)
  • Schools of the Future Forum, organised by the America for Bulgaria Foundation  (June 2018)
  • Positive psychology and cloud technologies: new horizons in the education, a conference organised by the Center for Creative Training, Plovdiv University and Sofia Municipality (June 2018)

Inspiration at the Professional School of Agriculture, Dolni Dabnik

The area around Dolni Dabnik is poor. Parents often decide not to allow their children to go to school. The local high school team “gathers” children from the area and provides them with transport, food, accommodation and practical courses outside the formal curricula. (WoW! Thank you, school team, for being so enthusiastic and helping these children!) We told the students about Khan Academy and some of them showed great interest in the Math and Computer programming. One of the children, Peter*, was particularly interested and asked many questions. He was determined to win as much badges and activity points as possible. Go go Peter!

Many children like Peter have now the possibility to learn with Khan Academy in their own language and develop new skills together with 66 million students around the world!

The students in Dolni Dabnik were furthermore very curious about the Khan Academy course for Home-made robots from Electrical Engineering. This course is still in English so we showed them how to help themselves with Google translate. But we are sure we can count on your support in order to translate them in Bulgarian as soon as possible! Make a new donation and help us!

New partner

We found out that Khan Academy has fans in Skyscanner.net! They called us and donated to our common cause, exactly as you do. With their support, we are now starting to dub all Programming and Computer Science video lessons. Thank you, Skyscanner!

Good is “contagious”

And you know: Good is contagious. Recently one of our experts in Math, Katerina Marcheva, donated for the translation of the remaining descriptions and articles in Biology. She made her donation in her mother’s memory: Sofia Marcheva, teacher in Biology.

State of the translation effort today

Results from the past 3 months :

  • Translation: 606K words and 270 videos (Math, Chemistry, Biology, Health and medicine, Astronomy)
  • Proofreading: 641K words and 424 videos (Math and Computing)
  • Dubbed: 538 video lessons (Math).

Khan Academy usage growth  

Results for the past 3 months:

  • Sessions - growth of 197% YoY, from 35 000 to 103 000
  • Users - growth of 236% YoY, from 22 000 to 74 000

For more great outcomes like those above - please support us again! Donate, or share and invite friends to join our common efforts for education of the future!

*Peter is not the real name of the student.

Presentation in Dolni Dabnik school
Presentation in Dolni Dabnik school
Ivan at Forum "Klyuch" 2018
Ivan at Forum "Klyuch" 2018

Links:

Mar 15, 2018

Khan Academy is more and more popular in Bulgaria

Presentation at the Primary School in Sveti Vlas
Presentation at the Primary School in Sveti Vlas

Dear Khan Academy in Bulgarian friends,

here is our 3-month-update with some really wonderful news:

More and more children use Khan Academy in Bulgarian

The trend of about 23,000 users per month is steady! As we told you in our last report, November 2017 was record for us! This trend has been kept for the past 3 months too. This is growth of almost 200% compared to the same period at the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017.

We are presenting Khan Academy to pupils of various Bulgarian schools

Our team has embarked on a journey through Bulgaria, thanks to our main partner America for Bulgaria Foundation. We visited schools in Haskovo, Kyustendil, Stara Zagora and Sveti Vlas. Many more are to come in March and April. We presented Khan Academy and spoke with many children and young people about the importance of learning new skills together with almost 60 million people around the world. Below are photos from one of the schools - Primary School Sv. Sv. Kiril i Metodii, Sveti Vlas. These children won our hearts with their curiosity, desire to learn and with many questions about computer programming and mathematics.

Khan Academy becomes part of an innovative school learning space

The above mentioned school in Sveti Vlas has recently refurbished its main hall. At the end of 2017  the inner design architects - Think Forward Studio - invited us to visit the renewed school hall and to congratulate personally all students and the school leadership for this special area for learning with Khan Academy.

Credit: 2 pictures from Think Forward Studio Facebook page, photographer Niki Dinov

Teacher training

At the end of 2017, 5 schools chose to work with us under the Ministry of Education ICT program and to let us train their teachers on how to introduce Khan Academy in class. So in February and March 2018, our team worked with schools in Burgas, Dimitrovgrad, Kyustendil, Nevestino and Razgrad. Using digital tools in class may seem easy for us, but many teachers need support and mentoring to turn their classrooms into digital. We are there to help them!

We plan to start providing also regular teacher trainings for introduction of Khan Academy in school, and to grant qualification credits for these trainings. Coming up soon.

New translations in Biology and Health and Medicine

We listed Biology and Health and Medicine content in Bulgarian on our local site, thanks to Tellus International Europe Community Board. Lessons include topics like what is biology, how cells work, how to protect  biodiversity and so on. Here you can see the new lessons. Enjoy!

State of the translation effort today

For the period since the beginning of our last report - and also thanks to your support:

So we advance in making Khan Academy accessible in Bulgarian with a good pace. However, there is much more content that can and should be available for Bulgarian students! And thousands of schools still remain out of direct reach. We still need your support. Donate an amount of your choice, devote your donation to a person you love or make it a gift, ask your colleagues or friends to start a monthly donation or just spread the word.

For regular updates - our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KhanAcademyBG/

Thank you!

The Education Without Backpacks team

Presentation at the Primary School in Stara Zagora
Presentation at the Primary School in Stara Zagora
Renewed hall in Primary School, Sveti Vlas
Renewed hall in Primary School, Sveti Vlas
Renewed hall in Primary School, Sveti Vlas
Renewed hall in Primary School, Sveti Vlas
Presentation at VSEM, Kyustendil
Presentation at VSEM, Kyustendil
Presentation at VSEM, Kyustendil
Presentation at VSEM, Kyustendil

Links:

 
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