“I myself have taken a trial class and have seen that the students are very interested. The students are removed from the monotony of the classroom system and feel motivated and eager to watch and learn. Simultaneously both the ear and eyes are being stimulated and that is important for early learners as well as the teacher who is teaching them. Before, many children would become inattentive but here they love to look at the screen. Most of our students are first generation learners and have to get accustomed to this method of learning but I am sure will learn faster using the audio visual aids rather than the normal teaching learning process.” – Sanjukta Biswas, Headmistress, Barisha Vivekananda Girls High School, West Bengal #edtech #elearning #languagelearning #english #readtome #righttoread

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“Prior to using RTM students were nervous about English, a foreign language. RTM has made them approach language learning with interest and cheer as they find the subject more approachable. The spelling and pronunciation tools are used most frequently whereas the dictionary and picture dictionary have helped improve comprehension”. #edtech #elearning #languagelearning #english #readtome #righttoread

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“People think that only students in private English medium schools do well but I always give students my own example. I studied in this very same school till class 10 and now I have been the principal for 7 years. With RTM, our students can have the confidence especially those who have just come into class 5 and started English as a subject. This is helpful for them. Their hesitation in the class is completely reduced now.”- Shabnam Wajeda, Principal, Hajiyana Khatijabai Girls High School , Nagpur #edtech #elearning #languagelearning #literacy #righttoread

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Using Technology to Improve Reading Comprehension – Field Notes from Gujarat

Gujarat has been using the English reading and comprehension tool consistently for two years. Classes are held regularly and schools echo with the sound of children reading with ReadToMe™ (RTM). Te…

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Using Technology to Improve Reading Comprehension – Field Notes from Gujarat

Gujarat has been using the English reading and comprehension tool consistently for two years. Classes are held regularly and schools echo with the sound of children reading with ReadToMe™ (RTM). Teachers and students do not like to miss a RTM class. I attended a school that was even taking class while an inter-school sports day was going on outside!

In Gujarati medium schools, English is first taught in class 5. By class 6, the students are expected to read long paragraphs as well as write lengthy exams. Almost every child has to resort to extra tuition and coaching to keep up. This is prior to when ReadToMe™ was introduced in the classroom.

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The teachers use the tools to provide in depth explanations, line by line. They focus on building extensive comprehension abilities of their students and all the teachers have remarked on the improvement they have seen. The teachers are especially thankful for the slow speeds (the software enables teachers to adjust reading speed based on English proficiency of students). “In the class the students who are good in studies will always read confidently. The best part is that with RTM even the weaker students get encouraged and learn from their peers” said Kanani Vallabh the English teacher in Vastrapur Primary School No 2 in Ahmedabad.

The students in Gujarat are wonderful, kind and very quick learners. When quizzed after class, most of the students could answer questions and would even help their classmates to catch up. In not one but two schools I was told by the teachers that there are students who know more about RTM than they do and often take class themselves!

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In Gujarat, the desire to learn English is strong. Shivani, a student of Dholakuva Primary school in Gandhinagar tells us how her elder brother never got a chance to study English and how he encourages her to study hard and do well in the subject, for the both of them. The children’s dreams and spirits are even stronger. Priyanka, a student of class 6 says her dream is to become a Pilot. “I’ve always wanted to sit on a plane but not as a passenger, as the person driving.”

The sky is the limit with RightToRead!

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“ReadToMe™ has helped even the weak and average students to read – Field Notes from Coimbatore

In Coimbatore, sunshine was not just limited to the good weather, but was found in every government school classroom. Beaming, confident faces looked back at us every time we entered a school. The …

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