Shelley Pasnik of EDC’s Center for Children and Technology describes a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded project to create hand-held games for the Nintendo DSi to help struggling middle-school readers.
EDC and its partners distributed nearly 50,000 free copies of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary to classrooms in more than 700 elementary schools in the war-torn region of Muslim Mindanao in the Philippines.
EDC and its partners are distributing nearly 50,000 free copies of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary to classrooms in more than 700 elementary schools in the war-torn region of Muslim Mindanao in the Philippines.
Research by EDC and SRI International
finds that the literacy skills of preschoolers increased when classrooms
incorporated public TV programs, video, and games. The study was funded by
the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
EDC and SRI International have released a study of educational programming and activities from the PBS Ready to Learn initiative. The study found preschoolers’ literacy skills increased when classrooms incorporated video and games.
EDC has been awarded $2.2 million by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences to evaluate the effectiveness of a writing curriculum for grades 3 through 12 called The Writers’ Express.
EDC has been awarded a $30 million contract by the U.S. Agency for International Development to direct a broad education reform effort in Mali, reaching 80 percent of primary schools and over 1.5 million children over the next five years.
Armed conflict in Somalia has forced people to flee their homes and has sent many into makeshift housing and camps. Using shortwave radio to reach these people, EDC produces and broadcasts instructional segments on basic reading, math, and life skills such as health and conflict prevention.
From a very early age, children learn about language by listening to adults, and seeing and hearing them read books and newspapers. These first experiences with literacy help prepare youngsters to become readers. But how can parents who themselves have low-literacy skills support their children’s early reading efforts?
U.S. First Lady Laura Bush, accompanying President George W. Bush on a visit to Africa this week, took time out to visit Ghana’s Mallam DA Primary School in Accra, where she helped open a library and “reading hut,” set up and equipped by EDC’s Education Quality for All (EQUALL) project. Mrs. Bush, along with Ghana First Lady Theresa Kufour, visited and read with children in a classroom at the school.
This project is developing two products for the National Institute for Literacy. The products will be used by schools and other organizations and groups to engage parents with low literacy skills in supporting their children’s (kindergarten through third grade) literacy development through fun, at-home activities. The products include a facilitators manual and parent activity guide. EDC project stasff are working with national literacy experts on the development of the products.
As the Latino population in the United States grows, so does a large achievement gap. An EDC-designed professional development program is helping preschools offer an enriched program that is interactive and culturally and linguistically responsive.
Across Madagascar, primary
school classrooms once dominated by teacher talk are now buzzing with
the sounds of children learning in groups, singing songs, asking questions, and sharing answers.
children once learned mathematics through recitation and rote
memorization, they now sit together and count with twigs or bottle
caps. French and literacy lessons are transformed as well, with
children building vocabulary skills by reciting poems and creating
their own sentences to share with classmates.