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Penguin says yes!

July 22, 2011 By

Worldreader is working so every child in the developing world can have any book he or she wants, using e-readers. When you step way back, you realize that there are at least three groups you need to get on-board to make that dream happen: e-reader manufacturers, book publishers, and kids. Today’s hero is the Penguin … Continue Reading →

E-readers inspire future writers

July 20, 2011 By

Since Worldreader launched the iRead pilot in November, we’re seeing astonishing improvements in primary students’ reading comprehension– their sub-scores improved an average of 13% in just 6 months! This week the primary students at Adeiso, Ghana wrote poems and rhymes which show how having e-readers and, importantly, reading a lot (they are spending up to 50% … Continue Reading →

Predictions for e-readers

July 16, 2011 By

Today I spent some time reviewing our blog posts over the past year and reflecting on what I’ve experienced with Worldreader.  Now, I am going to make a prediction:  E-readers will change the way the developing world reads.   Most predictions take a lot of nerve and guts, but this really isn’t the case here.  … Continue Reading →

“Yeah! Let’s pick another one!”

June 25, 2011 By

By Sara Rhyne, Worldreader Volunteer (and contest winner) Today was the official e-reader community launch in Kilgoris, Kenya– where Worldreader has partnered with The Kilgoris Project.  Yesterday, I was in the classroom witnessing the first moment e-reader technology entered students’ lives.  I am living true “Before and After” moments– all around the introduction of e-readers … Continue Reading →

Tina reports from Kenya

June 10, 2011 By

Supa! That is one of the ways the Maasai people say hello. Kenya is a strikingly beautiful country. The gorgeous landscape combined with the temperate and sunny weather makes it quite pleasant and spectacular. A few weeks ago, I set off for Kilgoris with the rest of the Worldreader team for teacher training. Every day … Continue Reading →

Building the Awesome

June 3, 2011 By

My old boss Jeff talks passionately about how profoundly satisfying it is to build something important, and every day I understand that more.  At Worldreader we’re creating something new– a new culture of reading in the world’s poorest countries.  Soon we’ll write about what we’re learning: how Worldreader students spend up to 50% more time … Continue Reading →

Letters to Meshack

May 30, 2011 By

In 2002, A jury at The Zimbabwe International Book Fair published “Africa’s 100 Best Books”  and one of our Writers Changing Lives authors, Meshack Asare, topped the Children’s category.  You might remember that Meshack told Jennifer that when he was young growing up in Ghana, books were scarce.  He grew up reading his father’s collection of … Continue Reading →

Kilgoris Teachers Dive Into E-readers

May 25, 2011 By

Motivated teachers. Check. A dedicated community. Check. Committed coaches. Check. Healthy doses of curiosity, willingness, and imagination. Triple check. Add to this about 15 hours of hands-on instruction and a week’s worth of training assessments, and here’s what you get: 14 teachers in the Kenyan countryside amped up about e-readers and the possibility of improving … Continue Reading →

The Power of Reading Together

May 23, 2011 By

Guest post by Joe Lapp for Lincoln Community School   There’s nothing like reading together to unlock the power of cross-cultural connection and the expressive potential of the written word, and I saw this demonstrated in a Worldreader classroom recently.  Lincoln Community School – an American international school in Accra, Ghana – has been proud to help … Continue Reading →

Sara’s Aha! Moments

May 20, 2011 By

Sara Rhyne stands at the doorway of the Ntimigom School in Kenya. From the top of the hill, she glances out at the wide-open spaces, and watches life – and cows – pass by. Inside the low-lit classroom, under a dusty chalkboard, a group of 14 teachers involved in The Kilgoris Project fire up their … Continue Reading →

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