Sunday, September 17, 2006

planetread.org - improving reading skills of neo-literates

I did not know that google has a philanthropic arm as well. Check out more about it on www.google.org

They are supporting an organization www.planetread.org which working in reading and literacy development around the world. It has done lot of work in india. It was originally created around the idea of "SLS - Same language sub-titling". The idea is to weave reading habits into an activity which we all do - watch video clips on TV.
Add same language sub-titles (SLS) to every video clip that is aired on television. Subconsciously neo-literates (literate functionally but no reading skills) watching these clips follow the text and sing along while enjoying themselves. The neo-literates improve and fully become literate through this.
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2005/12/same-language-subtitling.html

On google video, there are telugu folk songs with SLS to improve reading skills. The folk songs are nice to see and hear. If you are weak in telugu reading, it is a good thing to watch these and improve your reading skills. http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=www.PlanetRead.org

1 comment:

Media Movers, Inc. said...

Same language subtitling(SLS) is one of essential way to educate people.

But wrong text/adaption can be deterrent to such process.

Closed-Captioning should also be made complusory in countries like India for the deaf/heard of hearing population.

Lawrence Vishnu
CEO
Media Movers, Inc.