Little Thinking Minds

Building an online levelled and differentiated early grade Arabic literacy learning platform supported by after school literacy clubs for students

Little Thinking Minds
A girl wearing headphones hold a tablet featuring a collection of digital stories developed by ACR GCD-funded Little Thinking Minds in Jordan.

Building an online levelled and differentiated early grade Arabic literacy learning platform supported by after school literacy clubs for students


Project Name

Qysas (Stories): An Arabic Levelled Digital Library for Every Classroom

Location Implemented

Jordan

Technology Used

Software/Apps

Competition Entered

Grant Competition 2014

Reading Skill Targeted

Foundational, Reading

Status

Winner

Collaborators/Partners

Integrated Services – Indigenous Solutions, Jordan Education Initiative and  Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation

The Challenge

In Jordan, textbooks overwhelmingly teach reading through whole words, instead of first introducing letter phonics and voweled variations. This approach to teaching Arabic has not yielded efficient results, and places complex demands on young children for literacy acquisition, as demonstrated by recent poor Early Grade Reading Assessment results (2012-13).

The Big Idea

Qysas interactive and animated Arabic early grade literacy app, features more than 125 eBooks, introduces reading through a leveled reading platform and provides automated feedback and recommendations for a child-centered and differentiated approach to learning. Qysas is accessible through an online and offline platform and mobile application. To complement the platform, after school literacy clubs, for participating students, were held twice a week for a full academic year.

Results

10 ICT-enabled Jordan Education Initiative (JEI) Discovery Schools for 350 students, with the potential for national and regional expansion

Blogs and Media

Research and Resources

Connect with the Innovator

Website

http://www.littlethinkingminds.com/en

Organization Type

For Profit

Headquarters

Amman, Jordan

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