Could tablet-based solutions be used to promote indigenous languages in South Africa and improve learners proficiency in a “home” language that is not their mother tongue?

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These three South African children hear Sesotho at home, speak Sepedi with their friends and get their instruction in English at school. Could innovative language-based apps have a positive effect on children’s proficiency in multiple languages? We would like to find out…

Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls write about Leap to Know

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Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls had a look at what inspired Leap to Know: https://amysmartgirls.com/meet-the-global-learning-xprize-semi-finalist-teams-and-find-out-what-inspired-them-part-2-531e9b50a92f. Leap to Know is inspired by the evidence that an excellent foundation for young children leads to hugely improved educational performance in the higher grades and that carefully selected stories positively shape children’s perception of the world and of themselves.

Smart Girls

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Smart Girls have published a few articles on the Global Learning XPRIZE semi-finalists and how their solutions will benefit and empower girls and women globally: https://amysmartgirls.com/empowering-the-smart-girls-of-the-future-global-learning-xprize-f3b1f3a9bc95 and https://amysmartgirls.com/meet-the-global-learning-xprize-semi-finalist-teams-and-find-out-what-inspired-them-part-1-3cb2efb863ca.

We are a semifinalist!

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We are proud to announce that we are a semifinalist in the Global Learning XPRIZE Competition. Congratulations to the whole team for working so hard to make it this far!

We have just returned from Los Angeles where we had to make a presentation on our Leap to Know app to a panel of 11 judges. You can see some photos from our trip under the Global Learning XPRIZE tab.

Our entry has been submitted to the Global Learning XPRIZE competition!

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17 January 2017 has finally arrived! We are pleased to report that Leap to Know has remained dedicated until the end and that we have submitted our solution to the Global Learning XPRIZE competition. In the meantime we remain committed to the project and plan to continue with development. We are in discussions with organisations willing to facilitate testing on a larger scale in rural South Africa.

Interesting research

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Some interesting research was recently completed at the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Education regarding using mobile applications to support teaching:

http://www.up.ac.za/en/early-childhood-education/news/post_2090055-up-mobile-learning-experts-develop-e-resources-for-csir-project

 

 

 

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