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Offer: Talking Book A programmable audio computer that shares locally-relevant knowledge and improves literacy

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Literacy Bridge empowers impoverished people living in areas considered the “last mile” in developing countries with locally relevant, on-demand agriculture and health information to improve their standard of living and quality of life.

At the heart of the programs is the Talking Book – an innovative low-cost audio computer designed for the learning needs of illiterate populations living in the poorest areas in the world.

Simple and actionable instructional messages that are repeatable and can be played when needed enable people to learn and adopt new practices to fight poverty and disease.

Overview

1. Spread Health & Agriculture Info
We partner with local experts to produce, record and distribute relevant information in native languages and dialects. The easy, on-demand access to health and agriculture information leads to learning and behavior changes that are life-saving and life-changing.

2. Listen, repeat, share
Users navigate simple audio menus in any language then listen to the information they are interested in — from 35 to 140 hours. They can repeat audio as needed, play it back for family and friends, or simply lend the small, durable devices out.

3. Interactive reading
Learning becomes more self-directed when users can adjust the speed of the audio to suit their pace or be prompted by ‘audio links’ to hear word definitions and answer multiple choice questions.

4. Connect and exchange audio
Any two devices can be connected to copy audio from one to another. With no additional services or technology, new information is able to spread wherever people have Talking Books at hand.

5. Record on-demand
Anyone can record their own audio onto the Talking Book to expand on existing ideas, share new information, or relay feedback to the organizations that provided the devices.

6. Durable and accessible
The Talking Book is small and portable so it is easy to transport and share. The device was also built to survive life in dry dust storms and tropical rain.

Videos:
> The Tech Awards 2012 - Microsoft Education Award - Literacy Bridge: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8y_2brMrSCo
> Introduction to the Talking Book: http://vimeo.com/8003275
> Talking Book Demonstration: http://vimeo.com/8480241

Source: http://www.literacybridge.org/talking-book/

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