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Software solutions that allow authors to easily create and export texts in mother tongue languages (including sign languages)

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Software solutions that allow authors to easily create and export texts in mother tongue languages (including sign languages)


Project Name

Bloom

Location Implemented

Global

Technology Used

Software/Apps

Competition Entered

Enabling Writers Prize

Reading Skill Targeted

Foundational, Pre-Reading, Reading

Status

Winner

Amount Award

$100,000

Collaborators/Partners

SIL LEAD, Inc.

The Challenge

A leading barrier to improving children’s reading skills is the lack of appropriate and engaging reading materials in local languages, which in turn leaves children unable to practice reading in a language they use and understand. A large body of evidence confirms that reading to young children in their local spoken or sign language builds a strong foundation for their education.

The Big Idea

Bloom software is the only open source book writing software than can be used offline and has the ability to guide the production of decodable text and levelled readers in any language--including sign languages. Books can be exported in book format in print (PDF) or digital (EPUB). The software also includes a "talking book" function that enables authors to record audio.

Results

Bloom software is available for free at https://bloomlibrary.org/landing

Blogs and Media

Research and Resources

Connect with the Innovator

Website

https://bloomlibrary.org/landing

Organization Type

Non Profit

Headquarters

Dallas, Texas, USA

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