Sep 9, 2016

Khan Academy Bulgaria reaching more kids &teachers

Khan Academy @ "With the Kids" Circle 2016
Khan Academy @ "With the Kids" Circle 2016

Dear friends!

The summer is almost over and the school year in Bulgaria will start on September 15th. Thanks to your support we used the hot months to add more content to Khan Academy in Bulgarian. Thank you for contributing to a great New School Year Gift!

Before we share some statistics, let us introduce to you one of our top translators, Krasi Ilieva. We asked her why she invests her time and resources exactly in our project, and why Bulgaria needs Khan Academy. Krasi: “It’s good to try to make a difference and that’s why I’m happy to make my contribution to this project. I very much like the idea that kids have free access to educational materials in the area they are interested, because not all Bulgarian children can afford private lessons. Khan Academy presents the respective subject in a very interesting and innovative way, which learners of any age can understand. Every lesson is supported by multiple illustrative examples. The children are stimulated to learn more so they can receive more badges of the Academy’s reward system. So far there is no such thing in Bulgaria.”

Thank you for being with us, Krasi!

Here is how you all have supported our fundraising in the past three months:

  • As of September 9th, 2016 we have raised $12,628 out of our new $20,000 goal.
  • We have 22 new donations for the last three months, or 249 donations from 216 donors in total.
  • We have received another bigger donation from the Bulgarian branch of a renowned international corporation and are continuing talks for strategic partnerships with other organizations.

During the past 3 months we’ve translated 720K words to the Bulgarian Khan Academy site as well as the subtitles of 85 videos. The quality control process is time and resources consuming, but we are happy to report new progress on editing content too - we have talked with several experts and continue proofreading work with 2 people.

Who is using bg.khanacademy.org recently? Even if still in beta version, the site had 10,457 visitors in Jun-Aug (+24% YoY), and the total number of browsed pages is 67,001 (+28% YoY) in 16,087 sessions (+32%). Additionally, on our YouTube channel KhanAcademyBulgarian we had 7,700 video views (+45% YoY), even though it was a summer break for students.

In late June 2016, we presented Khan Academy at two exciting public events:

  • the annual meeting of the “With the Kids” Circle in Sofia - it traditionally unites most of the active Bulgarian NGOs, museums and galleries which have programs for children, and
  • Technowledge Conference 2016 in Veliko Turnovo, where our chairman Ivan Gospodinov was a key trainer to hundreds of Bulgarian teachers on how to effectively use Khan Academy and online resources at school.

Thank you again for giving Bulgarian kids the tools to learn at their own pace and stay motivated to Learn Anything!

 

You can continue supporting us!

On September 21st, GlobalGiving will match your donations again! Online donations of up to $1,000 per donor can be matched at 30%, but only while funds last.

  • If you live in Bulgaria, please plan your donation for the first minutes after 1 pm or 7 pm EEST.
  • If you live in Central and Western Europe, please plan your donation for the first minutes after 12 pm or after 6 pm CEST.
  • If you live in US East, please plan your donation for the first minutes after6 am or 12 pm EDT.

The $60,000 available in matching funds will be divided equally between the times stated above. If you need more information about this Time-Release Bonus Day, you can check here.

Support Khan Academy in Bulgarian here: https://goto.gg/23525

Thank you!

Krasi, one of our top translators
Krasi, one of our top translators
Newly translated @KA: Pythagorean theorem in 3D
Newly translated @KA: Pythagorean theorem in 3D
Teachers @ Techknowledge Conference /socialevo.net
Teachers @ Techknowledge Conference /socialevo.net

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Jun 13, 2016

More content on Khan Academy in Bulgarian!

Alex, a 9-year-old 2nd grader, using Khan Academy
Alex, a 9-year-old 2nd grader, using Khan Academy

Dear friends and supporters!

It's been 3 months since the start of our “Khan Academy in Bulgarian” project at Global Giving. Thanks to your commitment and support we set off at good speed to accomplish our mission through collective effort.

Before we dive into the details of our work, here is what your help truly means for Alex, a 9 year old who just started enjoying his summer vacation with Khan Academy“I like coding with Khan Academy. With JavaScript I can draw and make pictures move or disappear. I like it that I can make something meaningful out of something that appears meaningless. My first challenge was to draw a snowman. In the beginning I didn't know what to do and then I tried with ellipse and it worked! Then I had to draw the snowman’s hands as well. I also earn points and badges for completing different challenges. I'm having difficulties with the projects because of lack of examples. But I read the lessons again and I watch the video. And thank you for the widget that helps me when I make mistake.” 

We share Alex’s excitement about making something out of nothing. For him and for the thousands other monthly users on bg.khanacademy.org, we continue working hard.

Here are just a couple ways you have supported our fundraising in the past three months:

  • We reached our initial $5,000 goal during the Open Challenge in March in only 4 days!
  • As of June 3rd, 2016 we have raised $11,018 out of our new $20,000 goal.
  • We have 227 donations, 212 donors and 5 000 project page views, and growing.
  • The many individual donations to our mission have also sparked interest in bigger companies. We have received one bigger donation from the Bulgarian branch of a renowned international corporation and have started preliminary talks for strategic partnerships with other organizations. 

During the past 3 months we translated 560K words to the Bulgarian Khan Academy. We emphasized the lessons and exercises from Khan Academy’s high-priority content - namely in mathematics and computing. This is milestone to enable the launch of the Live Version of the Bulgarian platform. Another reason why Khan Academy’s math content is especially important are the recent results at the national external assessment in mathematics for 14-year-olds. Unfortunately, every third student failed! We urgently need to react to this new high, giving Bulgarian students Khan Academy’s proven innovative tools and helping them to easily improve their math skills - for free. Thank you for your support on this long road!

At that moment we have translated 51% of the content of Khan Academy’s site (exercises, articles, etc.). Video lesson subtitles are also many - we have 63% in math and 16% in computing done. We are proud to be a top-5 most translated language on Khan Academy.

Translations are not everything, though. In terms of quality control, in May we started editing translated content with select editors. Thus, with your help, we took important new steps towards a high-quality Bulgarian version.

And more good news: Due to our strong motivation to enable Khan Academy’s Live version in Bulgarian soon, our team has grown with a new project coordinator - Stanislava Gateva.

All our project's efforts and achievements, aimed at helping Bulgarian children, teachers, and learners in general, reflect in the statistics too: bg.khanacademy.org, even if still in beta version, had 14 000 visits in the last 3 months, and the total number of browsed pages is 89 000 in 21 000 sessions. Additionally, our YouTube channel KhanAcademyBulgarian had 11 000 video views. The most viewed video lesson for the last three months was “The multiplication tables” - our ‘evergreen’.

Thank you once again, on behalf of Alex and many other kids, for giving them the tools to learn at their own speed and stay motivated to Learn Anything!

 

You can continue supporting us!

 

*** GG will ADD 50% to your DONATION ***
*** BONUS & MATCH DAY: June 15th ***

Donations up to $1000 will be matched by 50% on June 15th, 2016!

Also GG will award two $1,000 Bonus Prizes to the projects with the highest number of unique donors and most funds raised on that day. Matching on GlobalGiving.org lasts from 9:00:01 EDT until funds run out or 23:59:59 EDT on June 15th. So, according to where you live, the times are:

  • Bulgaria: from 16:00:01 on June 15th to 6:59:59 on June 16th.
  • Central and Western Europe (CEST): from 15:00:01 on June 15th to 5:59:59 on June 16th.
  • US East (EDT): from 9:00:01 on June 15th to 23:59:59 on June 15th.

Funds run out quickly so please plan your donation in advance.

Support us here: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/educate-bulgarian-children-with-khan-academy

We count on you. THANK YOU!

Krasi did 50% of all translations in last 3 months
Krasi did 50% of all translations in last 3 months
894 views in 3 months/"The multiplication tables"
894 views in 3 months/"The multiplication tables"
Stanislava Gateva, our new translation coordinator
Stanislava Gateva, our new translation coordinator
Zhana, our main quality control coordinator
Zhana, our main quality control coordinator
Chairman Ivan "dreaming about Bulgaria" @ EU Parl
Chairman Ivan "dreaming about Bulgaria" @ EU Parl
Happy to have heard from Alex, our newest user
Happy to have heard from Alex, our newest user
 
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