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Educate Bulgarian Children with Khan Academy
Educate Bulgarian Children with Khan Academy
Educate Bulgarian Children with Khan Academy
Educate Bulgarian Children with Khan Academy
Educate Bulgarian Children with Khan Academy
Educate Bulgarian Children with Khan Academy
Educate Bulgarian Children with Khan Academy
Educate Bulgarian Children with Khan Academy
Educate Bulgarian Children with Khan Academy
Educate Bulgarian Children with Khan Academy
Educate Bulgarian Children with Khan Academy
Educate Bulgarian Children with Khan Academy
Educate Bulgarian Children with Khan Academy
Educate Bulgarian Children with Khan Academy
Educate Bulgarian Children with Khan Academy
Educate Bulgarian Children with Khan Academy
Educate Bulgarian Children with Khan Academy
Educate Bulgarian Children with Khan Academy
Educate Bulgarian Children with Khan Academy
Educate Bulgarian Children with Khan Academy
Educate Bulgarian Children with Khan Academy
Educate Bulgarian Children with Khan Academy
Educate Bulgarian Children with Khan Academy
Educate Bulgarian Children with Khan Academy
Educate Bulgarian Children with Khan Academy
Educate Bulgarian Children with Khan Academy
Educate Bulgarian Children with Khan Academy
Educate Bulgarian Children with Khan Academy
Educate Bulgarian Children with Khan Academy
Educate Bulgarian Children with Khan Academy
Educate Bulgarian Children with Khan Academy
Educate Bulgarian Children with Khan Academy
Educate Bulgarian Children with Khan Academy
New fans of Khan after school visits this spring
New fans of Khan after school visits this spring

Dear Friends,

 
Each 24th of May is special day in Bulgaria - this is when we celebrate the power of knowledge and culture as well as the Cyrillic script. We hope you have celebrated on 24th of May, as you have a specific reason to do so - you contribute to more knowledge for all Bulgarian children, in their own script and language!  Have a look what we have achieved together for the past three months - and continue celebrating:

 

Newly translated STEM subjects: Physics and Cosmology and Astronomy

The number of courses available in Bulgarian is constantly growing! In the past months, we have been focusing on our Science content, so check out our two new courses available in Bulgarian – Physics and Cosmology & Astronomy, with the support of our main partner, the America for Bulgaria Foundation!

 

Math and Physics courses according to Bulgarian state curricula

We really want that more and more Bulgarian students are able to profit as much as possible from Khan Academy. For most of them, learning according to Bulgarian state curricula is very important. But until very recently, it wasn’t possible for us to custom the site to meet these needs. Not anymore! Just go to our Math section, and see for yourself – the top math courses correspond to the Bulgarian 1st to 8th grades! We are not stopping there and continue working on the Physics section: 7th grade is already available – stay tuned for more Bulgarian courses coming soon.

 

Our “Math voices and hands” -  meet our new team of video recreaters

Recently we started a new approach of localizing video lessons from Khan Academy - we do not just translate them, we “recreate” them. This works perfect, and it is so much fun! We selected 4 highly motivated people for recreating the athematics videos in Bulgarian language and handwriting. Our Math recreators team consist of 4 highly motivated people: Gergana Paneva, Rositsa Stoyneva, Maria Tsoncheva and Miroslav Ivanov. They managed to recreate 300+ videos for 2,5 months, adapting some exercises and examples to be closer to Bulgarian everyday life and our educational system. If you are curious how it sounds and looks like - check out the link below!

 

Science festival with Khan Academy!

For a third year we participated at the Sofia Science Festival, organised by British Council and Sofia Municipality (May 2019). This is the biggest science event for children and families in Bulgaria and we had our own stand there. We met many kids, parents, teachers and students eager to tell us that they already know Khan Academy and they are used to watching the videos. A student in the 12th grade confessed that he would have never passed his biology exam if it wasn’t the Khan Academy biology course! Some teachers came to thank us for the tremendous efforts of translating and dubbing the videos! And, on our side, we want to thank YOU for supporting this!

New teachers' training launched

Together with our partners from the Center for Creative Training we developed a „Workshop on innovative educational practices”. It gives teachers the space to share their challenges with students, and afterwards we look together for ways to deal with them, by sharing and assessing examples from all around the world. In April and May 2019 we organized the first 2-day training sessions, thus empowering more teachers to innovate and bring their students forward.

 We also continued with our trainings on Khan Academy and other digital tools for Math and primary teachers - with one held in Sofia in May and one in Plovdiv, in April.

 

State of the translation effort today

Results from the past 3 months (01.03.2019-31.05.2019):

  • Translation: 162 K words and 140 videos (Math, Physics)
  • Proofreading: 369 K words and 294 videos (Math, Physics)
  • Newly dubbed/recreated: 363 video lessons (Math, Physics).

Khan Academy usage growth  

Results for the past 3 months:

  • Sessions: almost 99 % growth year over year
  • Users: almost 88 % growth year over year

 

Happy 24th of May :)

You remember how we started this report? Exactly - with the significance of 24th of May for Bulgarian society. In order to celebrate it online, together with Viber and Linbots we launched a new thematic category in our Khan Academy chatbot. Check out the Happy 24th May :) section and find interesting facts and fun challenging questions about this national holiday and its symbolic power.

 

School visits and smiley faces

We are always happy to meet our users in person and understand how important our work is for them. Thanks to our main partner America for Bulgaria, we were able to visit schools in different places in Bulgaria - in Pravets, Lovech, Milkovitsa, and the Regional Library in Lovech city and to meet many more new friends!

Their feedback and smiley faces are priceless to us!

 
In the near future:

Meanwhile some of our fans are helping us to test the long awaited Khan Academy mobile application in Bulgarian language. We hope to be live soon. Stay tuned!

 

To make it really happen:

Please become a monthly donor, if you aren’t yet, and help us bring such and more advancements quicker to Bulgarian children! Or at least tell your friends about us.  Every little donation helps a big change become real!

 

Thank you!

Happy 24th May :) on Viber
Happy 24th May :) on Viber
"My dream school" session during teacher training
"My dream school" session during teacher training
Khan Academy on Sofia Science Festival
Khan Academy on Sofia Science Festival

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A moment from the teacher training in January
A moment from the teacher training in January

Dear Friends,

We already exchanged some traditional Bulgarian red and white martenitsas to celebrate the end of winter – a season generally regarded as the time when everything is resting and preparing for the upcoming spring. But we haven’t been resting these past three months!

Newly translated STEM subjects: Chemistry and Organic Chemistry

You have probably noticed that the number of courses available in Bulgarian is constantly growing! Thanks to the continuous support of Telus International Europe’s Community Board, for less than one year we completed two important STEM subjects by translating 531 videos and 43 000 words: general chemistry and organic chemistry. Every day we are drowning in a sea of information, so knowing the basis of sciences like chemistry can prevent us from being easily manipulated, and knowing more opens diverse possibilities to explore our world and contribute to wellbeing.

Our own Bulgarian math courses in Khan Academy!

In our previous report, we mentioned that we are working on a new and very important project – visualizing Khan content according to the Bulgarian educational standards. This effort is possible thanks to your donations, to the support of our main partner – the America for Bulgaria Foundation, and to the great cooperation with Khan Academy’s Headquarters in the US.

And you can already see the results! Check out first and second grade (math), tell us what you think and how we can improve it.

New approach to video dubbing

For the past several months, we have been testing a new approach – instead of dubbing video lessons by reading the Bulgarian subtitles word by word, we decided to focus on video recreation. The recreator can prepare their own script, based on the subtitles, but remain more flexible and adapt it, closer to standards in our educational system or because of the need to replace English words emerging on the video screen with handwritten words in Bulgarian. If you are curious what a “recreated” video looks like, check out some of our Physics videos by our talented team member Stanislava Koparanova.
We are also in the middle of selecting our “Math voice and hand”, so stay tuned!

Meet our volunteers

We are truly fortunate in being able to cooperate with amazing people that believe in the importance of our cause, and support our efforts. Stanislava Dimitrova is one of those ambitious young people who is helping our team while continuously working on improving herself – she was the first person to achieve bronze, silver and gold levels for The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award in Bulgaria.

Stanislava started helping us when she was in 11th grade, and for one year she single-handedly translated 40 videos from the Astronomy and Cosmology subject. If you want to know more about Stanislava and why she decided to volunteer, watch our 1-minute video with her!

Microscopes for 3 Bulgarian high schools

Two high school students, Magdalena Milanova and Rosi Todorovska, impressed us with their desire to help more students experience the magic of Biology. They wanted to raise money to buy and donate microscopes for 3 high schools in Sofia, and to achieve this goal, they organized a campaign on Indiegogo, and also held a charity exhibition with their own microscopic photos of different organisms. Our team supported Magi and Rosi with mentorship based on our campaign experience, and also by sharing the information about their project.

Teacher’s trainings

We are continuing at full strength with our trainings for teachers! In January, with our partners from the Center for Creative Training (CCT), we organized a 2-day training session, where we presented Khan Academy’s resources and gave participating teachers ideas how to use the platform as a tool for class management. We also showed them other digital tools which can help them be much more engaging for their students and spend quality time with them.

Our next training is for math and primary teachers and is scheduled for 8-9 March in Sofia.

Our team is growing

Two new members have joined our team to help us with our mission to provide free world-class education to more and more Bulgarian children! Marieta Radulova will support us as a project coordinator. Vnesa Madzharova started as our new intern and we will count on her to help us spread the word about Khan Academy.

State of the translation effort today

Results from the past 3 months (03.12.2018-28.02.2019):

  • Translation: 145 K words and 365 videos (Math, Physics, Chemistry)
  • Proofreading: 385 K words and 410 videos (Math, Physics, Astronomy)
  • Newly dubbed/recreated: 8 video lessons (Physics and Math)

Khan Academy usage growth  

Results for the past 3 months:

  • Sessions: 90% growth year over year
  • Users: 83% growth year over year

Everything we are doing, we can’t do without you! We are really counting on any individual donation to keep us going. Thank you for all your support. We are especially happy that many of you decide to help us with a monthly recurring donation or when whole teams in big corporations like Google Germany or VMware Bulgaria decide to donate! THANK YOU!

Your contribution is being complemented by donations of big organizations and we would like to thank them too: Our main partner, the America for Bulgaria Foundation, supporting our efforts in localizing Math and Physics; the Community Board of Telus International Europe supporting the localization of Chemistry and Organic chemistry; Skyscanner with a donation for dubbing and video editing of our Computing courses; We are very happy that new sponsors are joining – for example the cake makers from Nedelya.

Please spread the word and help us for even bigger steps in educating Bulgarian children at a world-class level with Khan Academy!

One of the 531 translated chemistry videos
One of the 531 translated chemistry videos
1st and 2nd grade (Bulgaria) in Khan Academy
1st and 2nd grade (Bulgaria) in Khan Academy
Our high school volunteer, Stanislava
Our high school volunteer, Stanislava
Microscopes for Sofia high schools
Microscopes for Sofia high schools
A moment from the teacher training in January
A moment from the teacher training in January

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Khan Academy Language Advocate Convention
Khan Academy Language Advocate Convention

Dear Friends!

Three months passed like a moment! They were really hectic as usual, but also extremely exciting on the other hand!

Khan Academy Language Advocate International Convention

From October 28th to October 30th, Khan Academy’s Headquarters hosted in California a big international convention, inviting there all organizations that work for the localization of the site into different languages. With the invaluable help of our supporters like you who donated for this cause, our localization coordinator Melli Popova was able to attend the convention. Our financial director, Daniel Cholakov, joined the meeting from Chicago.

Two years ago, the first edition of this conference was held in Sofia, organized by our team! It was really successful, and since then, Khan Academy’s Headquarters have initiated many specific steps towards more effective global localization of the platform.

During the convention, we discussed and decided together on future improvements, we shared international experiences, past mistakes, ideas for better education, and we also visited the very impressive innovative Khan Lab School. And most importantly, we discussed thoroughly the ongoing project for Khan content visualization according to local educational standards – pivotal for introducing Khan Academy to local schools and thus to improving access to high-quality and free education in Bulgaria. Supporting us you become part of shaping the future of education in Bulgaria too!

During the international convention, Khan Academy founder Salman Khan recorded a video. All language advocates that came to Khan Academy Headquarters in California presented themselves to the world. You can also virtually say hi to the Bulgarian team representatives – Daniel (@01:24) and Melli (@02:34)!

Draw with Khan Academy and JavaScript: workshop for pupils during the European Code week

We organized a great event during  this year’s European Code week! We invited (mainly) students 5th to 8th grade and we showed them how easy it is to start coding with Khan Academy: just watch the video, then try out coding by yourself and see immediately the results! At the end of our 3-hours session, children were able to draw different objects with code: a snowman, a frog, dinner plates, etc.  

This exciting event was possible thanks to the support of the Meet and Code Initiative by Workshop for Civic Initiatives Foundation, SAP TechSoup. Thank you also to all volunteers who helped us!

Teacher’s trainings

Thanks to the partnership with the company Haemimont, recently we have piloted 2 special trainings for math teachers, giving qualification credits as well. We presented to the teachers Khan Academy resources and gave them ideas how to use the platform  as a tool for class management. We also showed them other digital tools which can help them be much more engaged and spend quality time with their students. Our next teacher training is scheduled for 11-12 December in Varna.

Viber

Just to remind and update you: our great Viber free stickers have been downloaded more than 42 000 times up to now, and will be available on the sticker market for one more month, until mid January 2019! For learning challenges or inspiration, download our chatbot or join the Viber community for teachers and all those who are interested in the future of the Bulgarian education.

Khan Academy in Bulgarian - available also offline with Kolibri

Since the beginning of the new school year Khan Academy in Bulgarian is available offline too. As you know,  access to digital resources in schools depends on the access to the internet. A good or any internet connection is still a challenge in many Bulgarian schools unfortunately. With Kolibri you can use Khan Academy in Bulgarian even offline - after you download the Khan Academy () channel to a simple USB, use a teacher’s device as a server and connect to other devices using a hotspot.

Another good side effect: sometimes it is helpful if children do not get distracted by the many tempting possibilities on the Internet.

For more information, visit Kolibri website.

Kolibri is a free product by Learning Equality.

State of the translation effort today

Results from the past 3 months (10.09.2018-02.12.2018) :

  • Translation: 307 K words and 370 videos (Math, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, Biology)
  • Proofreading: 380 K words and 320 videos (Math, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy)
  • Newly dubbed: 92 video lessons (Computing).

 Khan Academy usage growth  

Results for the past 3 months:

  • Sessions: 62% growth year over year
  • Users: 65% growth year over year

We can hardly express how happy we are to have you and all supporting 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 you - take some time towards the end of the year and make a new donation or spread the word about our work and impact. Thank you!

Melli and Daniel with Salman Khan
Melli and Daniel with Salman Khan
Moment from Draw with Khan Academy and JavaScript
Moment from Draw with Khan Academy and JavaScript
Moment from Draw with Khan Academy and JavaScript
Moment from Draw with Khan Academy and JavaScript
Teachers Training - Kolibri Presentation
Teachers Training - Kolibri Presentation
Viber Stickers
Viber Stickers

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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
Teachers' training
Khan Academy Kids
Khan Academy Kids
Khan Academy Resourses for teachers
Khan Academy Resourses for teachers
Khan Academy
Khan Academy's new logo

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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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