| February 23, 2011

What’s On Children’s Tablets – Part 2


On Monday, I introduced my “Meet the Readers” blog series and now I will share with you Part 2.

Meet Abigail- future journalist

Meet Abigail Amoh Paintstil, a student at Kade SHS.  I remember meeting her–in fact, we interviewed her after school and she said she wants to become a journalist when she grows up.  “Then you have to read a lot of books to become an journalist,” I told her.  It’s nice to see that she is doing exactly that!  She likes to stay informed with The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, but she is also a fantasy buff– she’s downloaded A Discovery of Witches, Ghost Stories and Fairy Prince and Other Stories.  Could her mother be using her Kindle to research for her family?  I think so–she also has Potty Training Boys and The Minds of Boys, Saving our Sons from Falling Behind in School and Life.

Meet Derick Kisi, an amazing teacher at Adeiso JHS.  I remember when he told his class over and over again how privileged they were to be getting “the first e-readers in all of Africa”.  He has downloaded Date with Destiny: Find the Love You NeedThe Truth About Protecting Your IRAs and 401(k)s,  The Keynesian EndpointInstant MBA, Best Practices for Persuasive PresentationsThe 1-2-3 Money Plan: The Three Most Important Steps to Saving and Spending Smart, and Fat, Forty, Fired: One Man’s Frank, Funny, and Inspiring Account of Losing His Job and Finding His Life, among many others.

We are tickled pink about how much reading is happening- we have said time and again that we are floored about how many books students and teachers are downloading.  But it isn’t just that: it’s how e-readers are being used as a tool for personal enrichment for students, teachers, families–everyone around them.  It’s no secret that education can be an equalizer but Worldreader is making a huge impact by giving people access to whatever subject they are interested in. This is something unique in development projects–something that donated books simply cannot do.

Derick and his class

I am so thrilled about our upcoming partnership with Booklending.com, founded by  Worldreader friend, Catherine MacDonald.  Our partnership was recently written up in the Sydney Morning Herald and I invite you to take a look at what they are doing.  There are a myriad of opportunities there!