Literacy project Curious Learning plans to teach 100 million children to read fluently by 2025 with the use of mobile technology.
Developed by leading researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tefts University and Georgia State University, Curious Learning is hoping to use technology to give reading skills to children that don’t have access to education or teaching.
The mass-education initiative is being carried out through the distribution of tablet devices filled with various learning apps focussing on topics from reading, writing and understanding language.
The tablets are already in use across eight countries so far, from Ethiopia to South Africa and America. 4,000 children are currently benefiting from the service, as results currently show an improvement in reading age of up to two years.
The initiative follows increased concern over the growing population meaning teachers are facing a crisis on a global scale.
Froggy Match-it is a UK developed game focussing on phonics for ages four to six, and was created after realising how quickly children can pick up mobile apps.
“The interactive nature of tablets and phones is ideal for learning regardless of the social, economical and geographical challenges many children face,” said Froggy Match-it co-creator Lynn Lettice, explaining how the partnering with Curious Learning has allowed for learning on “an international scale.”
Apps such as Froggy Match-it have been described as “indispensable” by Stephanie Gottwald PhD, Co-Founder and Director of Content at Curious Learning , as the project aims to deliver an engaging experience while continuing to “reinforce the fundamental skills that are their first steps on the path to reading.”
“Curious Learning is changing the lives of children in Ethiopia, India and South Africa,” she continued, “as they learn fundamental early literacy skills and are on their way to becoming readers.”
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