Mar 23, 2017

A wonderful start of the year for Khan Academy in Bulgaria - thanks to you!

Khan Academy Presentation in Ruse
Khan Academy Presentation in Ruse

Dear Friends,

The first months of 2017 brought a growing interest towards Khan Academy in Bulgarian! We are happy to report that your support for free, world-class education is reaching more and more Bulgarian kids, as well as their teachers and parents. While you invest in our efforts on translation and quality control of the educational resources, we also succeed in promoting it to its end users.

But before we get into our detailed activities, here is a story we’d love to share with you:

A pleasant surprise at Varna’s 7th Public School

In early March our executive director visited 7th Public School in Varna to present Khan Academy to teachers. But we didn’t know that our hosts had an interesting surprise for us: One of the math teachers and her students have a club for fun mathematics where they developed their own “virtual classroom”. Here is how the students devised interactive lessons: combining several digital technologies they created posters for specific math problems and connected them in a special mobile phone app to the relevant Khan Academy video lessons. Everyone in class just loved it! While we had already heard about this interesting invention on a Bulgarian National TV channel several weeks before, we now got a personal demo from the school principal and  a math teacher. We love to hear how students and teachers get inspired and expand Khan Academy in their own ways!

Stay tuned for the next report, when Daniel from our team will share the latest challenges and achievements of his new students.

What else we organized, where else we reached learners and educators - a brief summary

In January, we co-organized a teacher training with Sofia University. Then as a follow-up we were invited by the regional education governing authority to present Khan Academy to 70 teachers from North-West Bulgaria. We participated in two social events, in Ruse and in Sofia, where we presented Khan Academy to a broader, diverse audience. We were invited to talk about the platform as innovation for schools on a high-level policy event. We also co-created the strategy of the national coalition Education 2030: under its umbrella, state and local authorities, leading NGOs and the business sector join efforts to promote education as priority #1 for the Bulgarian society. Last, but not least, we received a special award from Sofia Municipality & Coca-Cola for our idea to engage high school students as volunteers in Khan Academy’s translation, to let them spread the word about the platform and even mentor our students.

State of the translation effort today

Thanks to your generous contributions, during the past 3 months we translated more than:

  • 260 000 words of text lessons and exercises,
  • 220 videos,
  • edited more than 380 000 words of translated texts and
  • started video editing.

We also renewed our efforts on dubbing already-translated videos.

And our reach is growing!

Since the beginning of the year:

  • the test version of Khan Academy in Bulgarian had 23 000 visitors (+ 41% YoY.),
  • the total number of browsed pages is 127 000 (+ 35%),
  • in 35 000 sessions (+ 45%)
  • Our YouTube channel with dubbed videos KhanAcademyBulgarian had 15 300 video views (+ 31%).

Thank you for making this possible!

Finally, as you know, we still have a lot to do so that more subjects are available in Bulgarian on Khan Academy. We still need your support to give equal educational opportunities to all kids in Bulgaria. Donate an amount of your choice, devote your donation to a person you love and make it a gift, ask your colleagues or friends to start a monthly donation or just spread the word. It all counts towards a better tomorrow.

 

Thank you!

The Education Without Backpacks team

A Varna student in front of TV camera
A Varna student in front of TV camera
7th Public School principal's demo in Varna
7th Public School principal's demo in Varna
Strategy Meeting Education2030
Strategy Meeting Education2030
Award by Sofia Municipality & Coca-Cola
Award by Sofia Municipality & Coca-Cola

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Dec 29, 2016

Successful end of the year with your support for free world-class education for Bulgarian children

Kristian - a gold medalist in Linguistics
Kristian - a gold medalist in Linguistics

Dear Friends,

With the end of the year approaching we would like to share with you more from the exciting and inspiring meetings we had in the recent months. You will also find details of our December work at the end of this report.

Kristian - a gold medalist in Linguistics

We met Kristian at the annual Education 2016 conference in Sofia in late October. He won a gold medal at the 2016 International Linguistics Olympiad in Mysore, India. The 173 participating students from 30 countries worked out problems via linguistic analysis and phenomena represented by mathematical models.

Kristian came to us and shared his experience of looking for the best studying resources:

“I used Khan Academy to prepare my math skills. The explanations are simple and intuitive. Khan Academy is a great supplement to what we learn at school. The content is engrossing, even a 'page turner', and a great way to get excited about specific school subjects.”

We are so proud and happy of his achievement and successful use of  Khan Academy’s Math lessons!

Alex and Daniel - growing from being bored by to being strongly engaged with Math

One of our commitments is to broaden adoption of Khan Academy in Bulgaria. Part of that is working with kids one-on-one, including those bored in the classroom and needing engagement, for example with math, at their own pace.

Alex is a Bulgarian third-grader. Here is what he says after 5 weeks and 200 000 Energy Points with Khan Academy:

“In Khan Academy my teacher gives me challenges and I am very happy when I manage to solve the challenges. I win badges and energy points! I want to win Black hole and Sun badges – they are very rare and mysterious. I really like the smiley face after every solved problem. It is sometimes hard, but I end up getting it by watching the video lesson or by using the hint.”

Daniel, a Khan Academy coach and a member of the core Bulgarian team, likes how easy it is to help the kid:

“We skype with my 10-year-old student once a week and I can easily track his progress in Khan Academy’s Coach Dashboard. Our conversations are just 30 minutes, but still allow us to cover everything he needs to move on - topics range from details of math problems to why math matters. The kid does the actual learning on his own!”

We hope these stories charge you with positive emotions and confidence about what can be achieved with Khan Academy. Each of us can remember a story from school when a teacher really inspired us or gave us the tools to succeed. We hope to give back now! We believe that all children can achieve amazing results if we give them an opportunity and an appropriate tool!

State of the effort today

Thanks to your generous contributions, during the past 9 months we translated over a million words of text lessons and exercises and hundreds of videos, and checked many of the translated texts. But we have a long way to go. We continue to count on you to support us in the translation of Khan Academy and to give more Bulgarian children opportunity to learn in their native language so they have their personal stories of success!

Donate an amount of your choice, devote your donation to a person you love and make it a gift, ask your colleagues or friends to start a monthly donation or just spread the word.

What we have been up to in the last days - in figures

Just in the last 30 days we edited more than 300 000 words and initiated 80 new subtitles translations to be finished by the end of December.   

The users of the test version of Khan Academy in Bulgarian bg.khanacademy.org continue to grow and to use the platform more! Since the last report from the beginning of December:

  • the site had 4 980 visitors (+ 63,98% in comparison to the same period last year),
  • the total number of browsed pages is 30 161 (+ 64,44%),
  • in 6 999 sessions (+ 67,32%).

Our YouTube channel with dubbed videos KhanAcademyBulgarian had 3 365 video views (+ 63%).

Thank you for making this possible and for your continuing support (monthly donations get matched at 200% while funds remain through the end of the year)!

With best wishes for a wonderful Holiday Season and a very Happy New Year,

Education without Backpacks team

EwB at Bulgarian Academy of Science seminar
EwB at Bulgarian Academy of Science seminar
Newly translated video lesson
Newly translated video lesson

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Dec 7, 2016

Many more Bulgarian students use Khan Academy, in comparison to last year - thanks to your support!

Khan Academy Language Advocates Convention, Sofia
Khan Academy Language Advocates Convention, Sofia

Dear friends,

The past 3 months were even more dynamic than usual and full of meetings with students, teachers and people who support our cause. As a result, we get more and more excited and inspired to quickly finish the translation of Khan Academy in Bulgarian and start more comprehensive awareness and adoption campaigns. Because Bulgarian students need to know about Khan Academy and need to use it now!

Below you can learn more about our latest interactions with the community, our successes with kids, our strong usage growth and our continuing work.

We find more and more local advocates

Simona Stoyanova is a geography teacher (see her below). We met her at the big annual conference Education 2016 held in Sofia at the end of October. Simona told us about her experience with Khan Academy:

She uses math lessons at Khan Academy to explain to her students concepts in the geography which the textbook assumes they already know. How do you scale a map linearly? What does exponential population growth mean for the future of our world? What do the contours of a map mean? It’s OK - Khan Academy’s math lessons can help! Finally, beyond the classroom,

Simona also studies with Khan Academy for her own career development and mere curiosity.

In October we introduced Khan Academy to students in the National High School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences in Sofia. For our joy some of the students already knew Khan Academy, which is not surprising, but it is always nice to meet face-to-face users of the platform and to get feedback from them, as well as to inspire more learners.  Those who have already had some experience with the platform were using Khan Academy mainly for preparation in math and IT exams at school or participation in competitions. Thanks to our visit, two more classes know about Khan Academy now.

We are part of a global community

In October we hosted in Sofia a conference of the Language Advocates of Khan Academy. The event gathered together representatives of the headquarters of Khan Academy, Crowdin (the famous international platform for localization and translation) and colleagues from the Khan Academy translation teams in Brazil, Czech Republic, France, Georgia, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Sweden and Turkey. This meeting strengthened our feeling that we are part of a global community which has the potential to influence how education will happen in future. We discussed Khan Academy’s application worldwide, innovative ways to encourage children to learn, possible approaches for cooperation with government institutions and businesses to achieve greater dimensions of our efforts, etc.

We will pause with the personal stories here to let you read about our wider work. However, these and many other stories are what inspire us to keep going!

What we have been up to in the last 3 months - in figures

Meanwhile the translation and proofreading of Khan Academy lessons keep going with a stable pace - thanks to all your generous support! During the past 3 months we translated the subtitles of 335 videos more! We have been making the process of proofreading smoother and edited more than 200 000 words of already-translated content in mathematics.

The test version of Khan Academy in Bulgarian bg.khanacademy.org is becoming more and more popular too - thanks to all new translations and all communication efforts! In the period September – November 2016:

  • the site had 19 680 visitors (+129% in comparison to the same period last year),
  • the total number of browsed pages is 126 202  (+128%)
  • in 30 181 sessions (+130%).

Our YouTube channel with dubbed videos KhanAcademyBulgarian had 10 400 video views (+15%).

This incredible growth is a result of the combined efforts of our team and you – our supporters, to make Khan Academy accessible for Bulgarian children in their own language. More lessons in Bulgarian mean more children could benefit from the platform. More Bulgarian kids learning with Khan Academy mean more Bulgarians being part of a global community of learners, it means also more knowledge gained, more self-motivation for development and real equal chances for everyone, everywhere.

We hope that you will continue to stand behind us. The results of your help are evident! You are part of making Khan Academy accessible to our children every time you support our cause. Do it also in the Christmas time! Donate an amount of your choice, devote your donation to a person you love and make it a gift, ask your colleagues or friends to start a monthly donation or just spread the word.

Thank you for all your support!

Simona Stoyanova, a geography teacher using KA
Simona Stoyanova, a geography teacher using KA
@ National High School of Math & Natural Science
@ National High School of Math & Natural Science

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