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This week, the one millionth person used pt.khanacademy.org to learn for free in Portuguese! #onemillionlearners 
Thanks to the continued efforts and support of the Lemann Foundation for making it happen. Thousands of cities across Brazil, Portugal, and other Portuguese speaking communities are discovering free world-class educational resources and transforming how they view learning due to your work.

This week, the one millionth person used  to learn for free in Portuguese!  

Thanks to the continued efforts and support of the Lemann Foundation for making it happen. Thousands of cities across Brazil, Portugal, and other Portuguese speaking communities are discovering free world-class educational resources and transforming how they view learning due to your work.

Check out how Khan Academy is being used by students and teachers in Poland!  There is a passionate and effective effort underway in the country to both encourage use of Khan Academy and localize the content for the Polish context, spearheaded by Lech Mankiewicz and Przemyslaw Przytula. 

Also, get a sneak peek at the in-progress KA platform in Polish.

In Brazil, Teaching and Learning Happen Outside the Box

Excerpt from World Bank blog post by CLAUDIA COSTIN, published 09/15/2014

See the original post here.


A good quality basic education equips students with the foundational skills (reading, writing and numeracy) they need to function in today’s society and prepare them for lifelong learning. But in many parts of the world, schooling alone is not yielding the expected results, and countries are experimenting with innovative learning and teaching tools, including online platforms.

In Brazil, a Portuguese version of the Khan Academy’s free online education platform (see World Bank Group President Jim Kim’s post last week) is helping thousands of students master basic skills. This effort has been spearheaded by the Fundação Lemann (Lemann Foundation), an organization dedicated to improving the country’s education quality. 

As with the original Khan Academy content, a student using the Brazil platform takes a quick test, maps her knowledge, and then masters the content at her own pace. Teachers can see a dashboard, which tells them how students are progressing. This helps decide homework, which is then graded by the system by the next day. They can even replay a video of the student solving the exercise. So teachers can dig in very deep if they wish, which helps them assign students to learning groups more efficiently and to encourage students to master the content during school hours.

The foundation has now made Khan Academy content accessible to 70,000 students, 2,500 teachers, and several hundred schools in Brazil. An eight-hour training program has also been developed for teachers and focuses on areas they could improve on once they have the data from the platform. Helping teachers with critical information about their students is at the heart of the program.

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As the debate about technology in education continues, and points of view diverge, it is important not to impose approaches on schools unless they want it and perceive it as useful. In Brazil, districts have the freedom to choose whether or not they want to participate and use these online platforms. The Brazilian government provides the necessary infrastructure to any district that wishes to use the content.

While the impact of the Brazilian platforms must be evaluated rigorously over time, early findings are encouraging.  Data show that students using the platforms are more likely to show up in class. The platforms also help improve students’ self-esteem. Nearly all teachers have consistently used the platform during the school year. These results hold promise and show that this is clearly a space to watch going forward!

The KA Myanmar Community that held it’s first ever translate-a-thon!  Sixty-five volunteers translated 140 videos. The day brought this mission-driven community closer together, and one step closer to a free, world-class education for anyone in Myanmar (Burma). 

KA featured on Brazilian telenovela

Yup, that’s right. Khan Academy and Brazilian partner, Lemann Foundation, collaborated with Rede Globo network to feature KA on Geração Brasil (Generation Brazil), a new telenovela, last Friday night.

The premise of the show is about tech entrepreneurs, and intertwines actual events into their storyline. Khan Academy was the focus of a scene, where (parallel to events in January 2014) Lemann Foundation hosted an event to launch the Brazilian version of the KA platform. The main character gives a speech about KA’s platform and its benefits. Check out this clip (in Portuguese)! 

Bolivia4ward has been working with AHA Bolivia, a community of artisans, to use Khan Academy in a program for the children of the artisan workers. Given the success of their first two programs, they are expanding to support a third, larger program. 

Check out their IndieGogo campaign if you’d like to support their efforts directly. 

The British Museum and Khan Academy—providing access to the world’s treasures

Walking through the British Museum is to walk through the history of the great civilizations of the world. The Rosetta Stone. Aztec mosaic masks. Buddhist manuscripts that had been hidden for years in a cave. Some of the most extraordinary historical objects in the world live there, and we’re so excited today to announce that we’ve partnered with the world’s oldest national public museum. Both institutions, Khan Academy and the British Museum, share a wish to provide access to the world’s treasures to everyone, wherever they live. It’s hard not to be awed by this venerable institution—the breadth of its collection (geographically and chronologically) is virtually unparalleled, and it’s not surprising that it is one of the most visited museums in the world. 

Khan Academy has created tutorials selected from the museum’s more than 3 million objects that serve to educate people about the history and culture of the world’s great civilizations—objects from nearly every corner of the world. The British Museum’s collection includes objects from sacred caves, tombs, palaces, homes, and temples: both objects people used every day (pots, tools, jewellery, and coins), and objects they held sacred—and now you can learn their context and background—from wherever you are in the world.

On a personal level, we have a long history with the British Museum ourselves!
Khan Academy’s Co-Deans of Art History, Beth Harris and Steven Zucker are no strangers to the British Museum.  Steven first visited when he was 11 years old, and remembers the ancient Egyptian mummies best, but he also remembers being amazed by how differently each culture portrayed what was important to them. Beth spent months on end in the circular, domed reading room of the British Library which was then in the center of the Museum, while writing her Masters thesis, taking her breaks in the galleries to get inspired. We’re so happy that many more people around the world can imagine themselves here, and perhaps one day visit themselves.

Check out the new content on Khan Academy from The British Museum covering topics from around the globe. 

The British Museum and Khan Academy—providing access to the world’s treasures

Walking through the British Museum is to walk through the history of the great civilizations of the world. The Rosetta Stone. Aztec mosaic masks. Buddhist manuscripts that had been hidden for years in a cave. Some of the most extraordinary historical objects in the world live there, and we’re so excited today to announce that we’ve partnered with the world’s oldest national public museum. Both institutions, Khan Academy and the British Museum, share a wish to provide access to the world’s treasures to everyone, wherever they live. It’s hard not to be awed by this venerable institution—the breadth of its collection (geographically and chronologically) is virtually unparalleled, and it’s not surprising that it is one of the most visited museums in the world.

Khan Academy has created tutorials selected from the museum’s more than 3 million objects that serve to educate people about the history and culture of the world’s great civilizations—objects from nearly every corner of the world. The British Museum’s collection includes objects from sacred caves, tombs, palaces, homes, and temples: both objects people used every day (pots, tools, jewellery, and coins), and objects they held sacred—and now you can learn their context and background—from wherever you are in the world.

On a personal level, we have a long history with the British Museum ourselves!

Khan Academy’s Co-Deans of Art History, Beth Harris and Steven Zucker are no strangers to the British Museum.  Steven first visited when he was 11 years old, and remembers the ancient Egyptian mummies best, but he also remembers being amazed by how differently each culture portrayed what was important to them. Beth spent months on end in the circular, domed reading room of the British Library which was then in the center of the Museum, while writing her Masters thesis, taking her breaks in the galleries to get inspired. We’re so happy that many more people around the world can imagine themselves here, and perhaps one day visit themselves.

Check out the new content on Khan Academy from The British Museum covering topics from around the globe. 

A mini-global happy hour: Long-time dedicated language volunteers for Bulgarian (Daniel), Tamil (Chock), and Norwegian (Jonas) meet for the first time, excited to exchange stories about sharing KA with the world!  
Chock shared this favorite quote:

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
- Margaret Mead -

A mini-global happy hour: Long-time dedicated language volunteers for Bulgarian (Daniel), Tamil (Chock), and Norwegian (Jonas) meet for the first time, excited to exchange stories about sharing KA with the world!  

Chock shared this favorite quote:

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

- Margaret Mead -

Jul 7
Khan Academy was featured in the July/August edition of Costco Connection for the U.K., covering stories about usage in Ireland as well as the U.S. 

Khan Academy was featured in the July/August edition of Costco Connection for the U.K., covering stories about usage in Ireland as well as the U.S. 

An interview with Alp Koksal: Bringing KA to Turkey [Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT)]

Recently, the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) interviewed Alp Koksal, the program lead for STFA’s efforts to bring Khan Academy to Turkey. 

In a live radio interview, Alp spoke about education reform and Khan Academy’s role, and shared Khan Academy’s story, what KA provides to students and teachers; as well as why Khan Academy is different.

Half an hour on national radio was an important opportunity to reach new audiences in cities and in rural areas.  Those stuck in busy city traffic heard Alp’s talk as they made their way through cities.  Plus, national radio has traditionally been the mainstream information source for the many living in rural Turkey, an audience rarely reached through social media.  

Alp Köksal at the Radio Station TRT Radyo 1

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The interview is available in Turkish.

About Khan Academy’s efforts in Turkey

There is a very active group supported by STFA in Turkey working to bring free education to the country.  Already, they have translated over 2500 KA videos into Turkish and delivered over 1.5 million lessons in a short time. Translations of the exercises and the full platform are almost finished and expected to be available this summer. In addition to a small team of dedicated full time personnel, a group of part time supporters and more than 250 voluntary translators have contributed to Khan Academy Türkçe so far.

Khan Academy Türkçe has a motto: “Equal opportunities for all in Turkish education”. The Turkish Khan Academy videos are planned to be used in the nationwide massive education reform project in Turkey run by the Turkish state, which aims to hand out tablet computers to each and every student in the country. Khan Academy Türkçe has already become an important actor in Turkish education reform.

Khan Academy Türkçe is an active participant in education events throughout Turkey and is working on five solid pilot schools implementations that use Khan Academy.

About Alp Koksal:

Having studied in Turkey and the United States at high-school and undergraduate levels, Alp has a global and multicultural perspective on education. With a BA in management and MA in European Studies, Alp has worked as a doctoral level researcher at the prestigious Boğaziçi University and he is currently a PhD candidate in Political Science and International Relations there. Alp says  “As a good observer and researcher, I have brought my interest in multicultural education, non-profit work and academic background together when I joined the STFA Group as the director of Khan Academy Türkçe.” Alp manages the effort of translating, localizing and introducing Khan Academy to Turkey and the Turkish speakers in the world.  As director of the Turkish team, he is also an active speaker on Khan Academy and the efforts in Turkey.