Updated Jan 16, 2018

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Little Thinking Minds

An Arabic Leveled Digital Library for Every Classroom

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Rama Kayyali

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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

Registered in Jordan.

Focus Areas:

Education, Basic Education, Literacy and 3 MoreSEE ALL

Education, Basic Education, Literacy, Methods & Learning, Adolescent Brain Development and TechnologySEE LESS

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Mission and Vision

An impact evaluation was conducted using EGRA (Early Grade Reading Assessment) baseline and endline in 20 pilot schools.Overall, all students showed improvements in their literacy skills during the academic year, regardless of their participation in the project. However, students in the intervention group showed significantly higher gains than students in the comparison group on three subtasks: syllable identification, ORF, and reading comprehension. Additionally, at endline, students participating in the Qysas project had significantly lower proportion of zero scores than their peers in the comparison group on two subtasks: ORF and reading comprehension.

Innovation Description

Through the All Children Reading Grant Little Thinking Minds built an Arabic early grade literacy app with over 125 levelled eBooks sourced from regional children's book publishers, accessible through an online and offline mobile application that can be used at school and at home. Studentsmust complete 3 functions/ book (listening, reading and answering comprehension quizzes) to go to the next level of diificulty. The app hasautomated feedback providing a differentiated approach to learning.

Competitive Advantage

The program has potential for scalability across the Arab world. The market also demonstrates high demand for benchmarked, levelled literacy programs that generate tangible literacy results, as demonstrated by demand for LTM products in the Gulf and Levant regions. Products that correspond to both the science of language acquisition and levelled reading are limited in availability in the market. Arabs in the region and diaspora seeking quality learning tools in Arabic for early learners, now have access to a benchmarked, levelled literacy programs that generate tangible literacy results meets demand for Arabic literacy tools created by both schools and parents. The LTM literacy and numeracy programs are available on line to subscription-based users throughout the region through existing LTM on-line platforms, offering financial sustainability as well as accessibility to the entire Arab region. Currently LTM offers an expanded platform of literacy and math programming to 250 schools in the Gulf and Levant area in private schools.

Planned Goals and Milestones

LTM in close collaboration with USAID-Jordan Education team, will seek to present the results of the impact evaluation to the Jordanian Ministry of Education, to showcase what literacy improvements can be achieved with the program. As the Ministry of Education continues to implement its plan to enable continuous school-level internet connectivity through fiber-optics, online portals such as Qysas become increasingly viable for the public sector. Simultaneously, LTM has been making in-roads within the humanitarian community to support Syrian refugee early grade literacy aims. While these discussions have not yet borne tangible results, there appears to be significant opportunity within the humanitarian community’s No Lost Generation, Ed-Tech Summit, and Social Innovation initiatives and approaches to serving the Syrian refugee population.


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