Category Archives: Mobile Phones

7 Digital Reading Interventions Leading the Future of EdTech

Research has time and again highlighted how meaningful learning starts with strong reading skills. Children who do not learn to read at an early age find it increasingly difficult to “absorb printed information, follow written instructions, or communicate well in … Continue reading

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Learning Together-Read to Kids Partner Trainings

On 8th, 11th and 12th April, CKS, in collaboration with Worldreader conducted training workshops with Katha, Society for All Round Development (SARD) and Hindustan Latex Family Planning Promotion Trust (HLFPPT). The preceding workshop held on the 4th April workshop officially launched … Continue reading

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Changing Bihar – ‘Nothing Changes, if Nothing Changes’

In a recent trip to Samastipur in Bihar, I came across a line of rickety, roadside stalls illegally downloading and selling latest Hollywood movies in HD – that too, at a nominal price of Rs. 10. Villages where electricity is … Continue reading

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Let the reading begin! Read to Kids Kick-Off Workshop

On 4th April, CKS and Worldreader hosted a workshop to officially kick off the pilot year of the ‘Read to Kids’ project. Over the past six months, CKS has been conducting formative research to better understand reading attitudes and behaviors … Continue reading

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Read to Kids, one handset at a time

For the past few months, CKS has been working with Worldreader to understand reading behaviours in low income households in Delhi. Worldreader in partnership with Pearson is running a two- year pilot in India to promote pre-literacy skills.We have been speaking … Continue reading

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Using Mobile Phones to Encourage Reading

Recent research shows that the first three years of a child’s life greatly impact their lifelong skills acquisition and development. Just as access to healthcare and good nutrition results in a child’s healthy growth and development, the number of words … Continue reading

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Co-Creating with the Government

For an ‘Innovation Lab’ to sustain, it is necessary for the Lab to function in an environment that welcomes innovation and shuns traditional thinking. The Bihar Innovation Lab has not only innovated for Public Health, but also carefully crafted an ecosystem … Continue reading

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Of Hackathons and Education App Development ( Google’s first ever for Chrome)

To help address reading challenges amongst primary aged children in  India, Google,READAlliance,  USAID,  Centre for Knowledge Societies (CKS) and 10,000 Startups India came together to pilot the Chrome App Developer Challenge for Education (http://cks.in/chrome-app-developer-challenge/) The initiation event of the Google … Continue reading

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Saturday workshops? Not dull anymore!

Following the field work in Myanmar, CKS hosted a collaborative brainstorming workshop on 28th June at the Vihara Innovation Campus to understand the Information and Knowledge needs of poor Micro Entrepreneurs in Myanmar, a project Shruti, Namrata, Georgy and I have … Continue reading

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Your Call is Valuable, Oh So Very Valuable.

I grew up in a Tata family. My parents worked for the Indian Group of Hotels and ‘the-customer-comes-first’ idea was deeply rooted in the work they did then and continue to do today. A couple of months back when a … Continue reading

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