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.

Mother-tongue instruction during the Foundation Phase

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An article by Carolyn Savage that is worth reading: http://consiliumeducation.com/itm/2017/08/20/mother-tongue-learning/

“Children with a strong foundation in their first language often display a deeper understanding of themselves and their place within society, along with an increased sense of well-being and confidence.”

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 semi-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.