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Ghana – A surprising first week

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Honestly, we weren’t really expecting reading e-books to be an improvement over reading paper books. After all, in the end, they’re just books, aren’t they? Our intention was to study whether the reading experience could be an acceptable alternative to paper, because we already know e-books are a cheaper, faster, and more effective way to distribute … Continue Reading →

Today’s Lesson: Do Not Take Pictures of the US Embassy

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Coming soon we will post some notes from yesterday’s trials, but meanwhile, here’s just a quick update from Accra, Ghana, where  today we met with the US Embassy’s Information Resource Officer, the delightful Myra Brown.  Myra is an enthusiastic reader and dyed-in-the-wool Kindle-lover; for her, the idea of using it in the developing world is … Continue Reading →

iRead kicks off

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It’s finally here:  the iRead pilot begins!  The itinery has changed 100 times, David has pulled a couple of all nighters, but it is all happening.  we are going to be divided up into teams, team leader, documenterer and support…it means I am responsible for documenting what kids get what kindles.  The pilot kicks off … Continue Reading →

The Community Steps Up

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We always knew brining “books to all” was going to be a marathon and not a sprint but you could be forgiven for thinking it was the latter given the speed with which the kids and the teachers have taken to the e-reader. Both Susan and Zev have described the emotional heartbreak regarding the kids … Continue Reading →

Literacy and Reading

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In all the research we’ve done about literacy, one thing is clear: It doesn’t seem like anyone can agree on a definition. The classic Merriam-Webster definition is: able to read and write versed in literature and creative writing … having knowledge or competence, computer-literature, politically-literate But in today’s world, the word literacy takes on a … Continue Reading →

Notes from our Barcelona trial

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One of the major parts of our strategy at Worldreader is to run extensive trials involving the use of e-readers in the classroom. We are currently running our first trial at theBenjamin Franklin International School in Barcelona, Spain. Simultaneously, we are preparing for our next batch of trials in Ghana, beginning in mid-March. We chose … Continue Reading →