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

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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

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Dec 18, 2017

Great news for Khan Academy in Bulgarian!

Headline
Headline

Dear friends,

With Christmas and New Year's Eve coming we will delight you with great news!

Record-breaking number of users

Last months marked a record number of users studying with Khan Academy in Bulgarian. In November 2017 we had more than 23K users at bg.khanacademy.org! This is a 215% increase compared with the same period in 2016. December shows a similar and stable upward trend.

Pilot application of Khan Academy in schools

The increased numbers are result of our hard work, also beyond translations, proofreading and dubbing of educational content. At the beginning of September we've trained 30 teachers with the financial support of Sofia Municipality’s Europe Program. We have also organized several events for school kids and for parents. So since the beginning of this school year, Khan Academy is being used by teachers and at least 500 children from 1st to 12th grade - only under this project! And we know about many more teachers piloting to work with Khan Academy in the whole country.

Vesko

Vesko is one of our pilot students from the 6th grade in 2nd School “Emiliyan Stanev” in Sofia. He shared that he is learning many new skills with Khan Academy: “I use KA for learning math, for decimals and fractions, circumference... Also I am programming with Javascript and draw animations. I like KA because it’s is fun!”

Watch also the video testimonials of our pilot teachers and students.

Our fans surprise us!

In the past months Studio Think Forward and Primary School "St. St. Cyril and Methodius" in Sveti Vlas have been working on transforming the biggest hall of the school “into space where students can study subjects that excite them and develop their talents”. And guess what? They’ve made a computer corner for self-initiated learning where Khan Academy is the main option. Isn’t this great!

High-level events 

During the annual conference Education 2017 we held a special panel: “Digitalization of Education?”. We talked over the future of education with representatives from schools, universities, educational non-profits and authorities. Deputy Minister of Education, Mrs Denitsa Satcheva, took also part, shared important policy developments and promised to consider our recommendations for digitization of the education.

We have “chameleon-ized” bg.khanacademy.org! Hurray!

On November 15 we switched to a new content management system called Chameleon. The content of the Bulgarian website is now exclusively in Bulgarian. No more surprising texts in English. The Bulgarian team manages on its own the upload of new content, ensuring a stable and fully translated version of Khan Academy. Our team is 1 out of 8 in the world to pilot this novelty. This is a proof and acknowledgment of our hard work, not only over the Bulgarian version but also as an active member of the Khan Academy language community.

All content that is not translated yet is available on en.khanacademy.org

State of the translation effort today

Our team is growing. Thanks to the financial support from you, our main partner - the America for Bulgaria Foundation, and the Community Board of Tellus International Europe, we have started working with 7 more people who translate, proofread and dub educational content. What we did in the past 3 months (Sept, 17 - Dec, 15 2017)?

  • Translations: 600 videos and 263K words in Math and Biology
  • Proofread content: 500 videos and almost 650K words
  • Dubbed lessons: 330 videos for our youngest users

We advance in making Khan Academy accessible in Bulgarian with a good pace. However, there is much more content that can 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.

Have warm and fun-filled holidays!

Thank you!

The Education Without Backpacks team

Vesko
Vesko
Education 2017
Education 2017
Willing to use KA, after our presentation
Willing to use KA, after our presentation

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