BOOKS THAT GROW:
Who's talking about Books That Grow
Introducing Books That Grow
We have invented a patent-pending technology we call Books That Grow, because our books 'grow' in difficulty as kids become better readers.
How does Books That Grow help kids become better readers?
As students read and answer questions, the vocabulary and sentence structure can increase or decrease in difficulty. By giving each user the most difficult reading experience they can manage, the platform promotes growth in reading ability.
How does Books That Grow work?
1. Create an account
2. Choose a reading level
3. Begin reading
4. Answer questions
5. The book adapts! Two different reading levels are shown below to reveal how different words are displayed based on the reader's comprehension of the text.
6. Meanwhile, the parent or teacher can monitor the student's progress on a comprehensive dashboard.
Why does this matter?
American classrooms are increasingly diverse in students' backgrounds and abilities. A basic skill like reading may be very easy for one student and extremely difficult for another to master. Many students fall behind early on and never catch up, which makes it increasingly difficult to pursue higher education and professional careers. Others are ahead of their peers and are not challenged enough, which prevents them from reaching their full potential.
Teachers cope with this challenge by splitting students into groups based on their abilities and assigning different books and lessons to each group. Not only is this practice extremely demanding on the teacher, it makes instruction more expensive as schools have to buy multiple sets of books. Even worse, this practice brings shame on students in the lower and higher ability groups.
We believe that our technology can significantly contribute to solving the problem. What if every child in the classroom could read the same story at their own difficulty level? Every child can be engaged and learn from her peers in a seamless way.
Parents can also use Books That Grow to provide extra reading practice or to facilitate homeschool instruction.
What kind of books does Books That Grow offer?
Books That Grow features a wide range of books, including literary classics, fairy tales and folklore from around the world, and non-fiction science and social studies texts. As our goal is to help kids become better readers, we select books that are both challenging and engaging. Young readers can start reading fairy tales and 'grow' into more challenging text over time.
If there is a specific book or topic you think should be in our library, let us know. One of our backer rewards is an opportunity to work with us to develop a book on the topic of your choice.
How can I try Books That Grow?
By supporting our Kickstarter campaign!
We expect to release our Books That Grow apps for iPad, Android, and the Web in time for summer reading. Our backers get early access to Books That Grow at a discounted price.
We place particular emphasis on making our technology available to children in underprivileged communities, because that is where it is needed the most. We encourage our benefactors to donate Books That Grow to a school or library of their choice.
We are a group of innovators at the crossroads of education and technology. We come from diverse backgrounds, including business, science, teaching, curriculum development, literature, journalism, and engineering. We believe that technology is a tool that should make it easier for parents and teachers to help young people reach their full potential.
How Will The Project Funds Be used ?
We have developed a patent-pending reading platform, which has been well received by parents, teachers and students. Now, we need your support to fill our library with books. Our Project is the digitization of 500 new books for our platform.
These 500 books will be divided equally between the following categories:
Literary Classics (Selections from authors such as Poe, Joyce, Kipling, Shakespeare, Sinclair, Fitzgerald, Gogol, Wells, Twain)
Mythology and Folklore from around the world (Greek mythology, Afro Caribbean Myths, Native American Folklore, Latin American Folklore, Aesop's Fables)
Fairytales (timeless stories including Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, The Little Pigs)
Non-Fiction writings from great thinkers (Susan B. Anthony, Mahatma Ghandi, Martin Luther King Jr, Thomas Jefferson, Woodrow Wilson, Sun Zu, Patrick Henry)
We need $20,000 to complete this project. Digitizing an adaptive book is a three-step process that includes 1) software programming 2) developing assessment 3) creating artwork. All funds raised from this campaign will be used only to cover book digitization cost. If we raise more than $20,000 we will digitize more books!
The Project Timeline:
Risks and challenges
As we are pushing to the frontiers of publishing technology, we often encounter problems for which there is no 'manual' to consult. Sometimes, software can take longer than expected to develop. We'll update our backers on our progress each month. If there are any delays or revisions in our timeline, we'll let our backers know.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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