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

The global learning crisis — and what to do about it

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This TED talk contains many ideas worth spreading, especially in South African where studies have shown 58% of Grade-4-learners in South African cannot read: https://www.ted.com/talks/amel_karboul_the_global_learning_crisis_and_what_to_do_about_it?utm_campaign=tedspread–b&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare

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.

Leap to Know is a Global Learning XPRIZE finalist

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Leap to Know has been announced a semifinalist in the Global Learning XPRIZE. Congratulations to all the team members 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.