Using Technology to Improve Access to Books: Lessons from Worldreader
Room G4-001, 1776 G Street NW, Washington DC
11 October 2018: 12:30pm-2:00pm
Rebecca Chandler Leege, Chief Programs Officer, Worldreader
Jeremy Simon, Director of School & Library Programs, Worldreader
Christopher Thomas, Adviser, Education Global Practice, The world Bank Group
Hundreds of millions of youth & children around the world are unable to read. Lack of access to quality reading materials is one of the many barriers to reducing the global rate illiteracy. The goal of Worldreader is to cultivate reading around the globe and ultimately contribute to eliminating poverty, reducing inequality and improving prosperity. Worldreader offers a variety of digital reading products to meet the needs of readers – at any stage in their life and anywhere in the world. These include mobile phone and tablet apps as well as e-readers pre-loaded with books.
For more than eight years Worldreader has been partnering with governments, publishers, tech companies, and NGOs in more than 40 countries to bring affordable, engaging reading materials to readers. This talk will explore Worldreader's technology, content model, and data as Worldreader makes the case for format neutral content.
about the presenters:
Rebecca Leege has over 20 years of leadership experience. She recently led World Vision’s engagement in “All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development,” a global initiative of USAID, World Vision, and the Australian Government, that seeks, tests and disseminates innovative education technology solutions to address child illiteracy. Previously at World Vision, she was Director for Child Development/Protection. Rebecca holds a Master of Science in Multinational Commerce from Boston University.
Jeremy Simon is the Director of School & Library Reading Programs at Worldreader where he leads design and implementation of digital reading projects around the world. He holds a Master in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
- Worldreader website
- Research reports from the Worldreader experience
- Reading Programs in the Digital Age: The Case for Print/Digital Format Neutrality [pdf]
- Worldreader releases results from the Read to Kids pilot in India
- Worldreader: e-books and e-readers in Developing Countries (BBL in 2012):
- Posts about Worldreader on the World Bank's EduTech blog