The Khan Academy Armenia team was in Tavush Marz on May 18. The educational projects jointly implemented with RA Tavush Marz Municipality were launched with a meeting involving marz school principals, teachers and students. It should be reminded that, within the scope of the Memorandum signed with Tavush Marz Municipality, the Ayb Educational Foundation will be implementing educational projects in several areas (creation of AybLabs, project-based learning, online education, teacher training and educational tourism) in Tavush, to disseminate its best practices and educational environment.
In her welcome speech addressing the educational initiatives in the marz, Mane Ghazumyan, Head of Education, Culture and Sports Department at Tavush Marz Municipality, brought the example of Dilijan Central School (one of Ayb family schools) to highlight Ayb’s openness to share its best practices and the tradition that had taken root earlier, via regular educational tours around Dilijan School for the marz children and via their joint experiments.
The opportunities enabled by Khan Academy evoked great interest, thus the role of free online education in this rapidly evolving sphere, the advantages of creating an electronic classroom, as well as the application of the inverted classroom method in learning and the opportunity to fully assimilate the topics in case of absences were discussed in a question and answer format. According to the attendees, Khan Academy’s materials in the Armenian language are much more comprehensive than those recommended by the educational standards and are thus a great complementary tool.
In the words of Nara Papyan, principal of the secondary school in bordering Nerkin Karmiraghbyur, despite the distance of the village, they have a team of committed teachers who spare no efforts to introduce novelties at school. The principal particularly approved of the section with educational videos and expressed conviction that Khan platform would become the most utilized tool at school. “The opportunities provided by Khan Academy are so broad that make the classes interesting and accessible not only for the students but also for the teachers. As a complementary tool, the platform considers the roles of both teacher and student,” says Narine Sargsyan, a mathematics teacher, and further adds that she has been using the math videos for around two years now and has verified in practice the great amount of time they can save particularly in test assignments.
Khan’s cooperation with different stakeholders in Tavush educational system will advance to address some specific issues.