Leap to Know pilots at Brooklyn Primary

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Leap to Know is excited about piloting the first phase of our tablet-based program at Brooklyn Primary School.

Each Grade-1 class represents at least 10 different home languages – ranging from Sepedi and Zulu to Indonesian. Would the Leap to Know intervention impact significantly on Grade-1 learners who do not speak English at home?

Millions of South African children start schooling in English. Many of these children do not speak English at home. They often need additional assistance in improving their listening skills, conceptual vocabulary and academic confidence. A tablet-based educational app guiding learners without the help of an adult could be a useful tool in the classroom. It could keep learners busy in a constructive way while the teacher concentrates on individual learners. An app like this could furthermore supply learners with a treasure of stories and creative activities, such as free drawing. It could also assist in revising and entrenching curriculum-based knowledge.

However, parents and teachers need proof that it works.

The Leap to Know app is CAPS-aligned (i.e. following the South African curriculum). It covers early numeracy and literacy, as well as all major school readiness skills. The learner progresses through stories and activities in a linear way. Each story gives relevance to the activities and ensures engagement. Learners continue at their own pace and decide for themselves when it is time to move on or when to revise an activity.

So far, both teacher and learner feedback have been positive. Now we need empirical proof. This is why we have developed another app: a base-line and end-line assessment game. The Leap to Know assessment game can be configured to assess a variety of skills. It then gathers data to indicate the improvement of specific skills. In addition, each pilot study supplies us with a host of information which we use to improve the Leap to Know app. We will keep you posted!

EdTechXGlobal Awards

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Congratulations to all winners in the EdTechXGlobal Startup Awards. According to Benjamin Vedrenne-Cloquet, Co-founder of EdTechXGlobal, “participation for this year’s awards was the highest yet with 182 applications from 30 countries showcasing the best and brightest companies in the global learning industry. The winners were chosen for innovation, market impact and growth potential of their start-up. We were impressed by all entries and how they highlight the impressive work being done by entrepreneurs transforming education at a global scale.”
Leap to Know is proud to be reckoned as one of the EdTechXGlobal Startup Awards 2018 finalists.

EdTechXGlobal

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Leap to Know will be pitching in London at the EdTechXGlobal on 19 June. The London EdTech Week runs from 18 to 24 June. The theme is “Eternally Learning” – a concept close to our heart. Looking forward to sharing ideas with all attending the summit.

Getting reading right

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Pages 77-83 of the Child Gauge 2017 (published by the Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town) contains an essay identifying learning to read as a national priority and a critical foundation for formal education. “The essay outlines the causes of South Africa’s poor reading outcomes and identifies eight interventions that have the potential to enhance reading outcomes in the foundation phase.”

http://www.ci.uct.ac.za/sites/default/files/image_tool/images/367/Child_Gauge/South_African_Child_Gauge_2017/Child_Gauge_2017_lowres.pdf

Tablet-based solutions to improve learners’ proficiency in additional languages

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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.