The Khan Academy Armenia team’s next visit was to Gyumri, the second biggest city in Armenia. The visit aimed to promote the opportunities of the free online educational platform in the Armenian language and to introduce Khan to the teachers and students of Gyumri. The Khan Academy team presented the translated and localized sections to the meeting participants as well as explained how to register on the website to use the materials, the reasons behind the platform creation, and the objectives and plans the Khan Academy Armenia currently pursues. Gayane Aramyan, Head of Khan Academy Armenia, presented the available statistics, noting that they already have around 2400 video materials, 1200 exercises and articles in Armenian, through which an increasing number of people gain new knowledge and skills on a daily basis, thus inspiring the young Khan team.
The Ayb Educational Foundation attaches great importance to creating new educational opportunities and promoting available resources in Gyumri and marzes in general, since educational centers and textbooks are not always available to everyone.
In the opinion of the teachers present at the meeting who had already managed to utilize the Khan tools, the platform enables wide opportunities for boosting students' motivation to learn this or that subject.
“It is no secret that young people are mostly interested in electronic tools and new technologies these days, which can also contribute to efficient learning in a new and more illustrative environment. The in-class education in its traditional sense is gradually yielding its positions to the new methods,” says Susanna Hambardzumyan, informatics teacher at Gyumri Economic College. Yeva Ohanyan, student at the University of Economics, found the materials on higher mathematics in the Armenian language she had been looking for on the platform, while Lilit Mikayelyan found the Armenian language materials on finances she needed for her research. They both think Khan materials contain explicit explanations for freshman students. The teachers stated that, among other advantages, the platform is completely free, while their best appreciated novelty is the feature enabling the creation of an electronic classroom via the platform. Within the scope of the activity of Khan Academy Armenia, it was suggested new sections should be added as well.
The forthcoming marz visits will continue to expand the geography of users and ensure access to education.