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XPrize Semi-finalists Announced

Posted on 07/25/2017

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Semi-finalists were announced this week for the Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPrize External link opens in new window or tab, a global competition in which 109 teams competed to develop mobile applications for smart devices that result in the greatest increase in literacy skills among participating adult learners in just 12 months.

The eight semi-finalist External link opens in new window or tab apps will now be field tested for 15 months in Philadelphia, Dallas and Los Angeles by 12,000 adult participants who read English at a third-grade reading level or below. We at the EdTech Center will be following the field testing to report on leanings on the effectiveness of different instructional strategies used in the apps with different demographics (ELL, ABE, etc.).

Approaches vary from teaching through song lyrics ( Lyrica External link opens in new window or tab), interactive audio and texting messages ( Cell-Ed External link opens in new window or tab), gaming ( People ForWords External link opens in new window or tab, AutoCognita External link opens in new window or tab and Learning Games Studios External link opens in new window or tab ), videos and other multi-media content ( Learning Upgrade External link opens in new window or tab and Alphabet External link opens in new window or tab ), and culturally appopriate e-content linked to life skills ( AmritaCREATE External link opens in new window or tab). Some of the apps deploy a combination of strategies.

For more information on the competition, see the XPrize competition's announcement External link opens in new window or tab. Of note is that apps that perform best in field testing will be made available across the United States for complimentary use for 18 months.

Photo by Trevor Traynor. Courtesy of XPrize Foundation.

Source: EdTech Center External link opens in new window or tab at World Education News, July 2017