It Just Keeps Getting Better ReadCreateShare is the Complete Package Mark W.F. Condon Unite for Literacy National Center for Family Literacy San Diego, CA – March 24, 2012
The Challenge is in the Numbers 1,000,000,000 Illiterate Adults (2/3 are women who raise the children) Speaking 7,000 Languages 0 appropriate books in the home
There are 7000 Languages !• The 100 most common languages are spoken by nearly 85% of humanity. For them, there are plenty of picture books…if they can afford them.• The 6900 other languages are largely un-served because it is just plain too expensive to produce sufficient books for all of these small populations… they get pretty much no picture books… regardless of cost.
Top Languages in California And there are more languages of smaller and smaller percentages. There are 224 identified languages in Los Angeles County, alone.
But EVERYBODY Needs Books• Twenty-seven years ago, the National Commission on Reading announced that "the single most significant factor influencing a childs early educational success is an introduction of books and being read to at home prior to beginning school.“ • Those Six years of being read to and six years of book discussions are lost to the “bottom billion”
How many books is enough?• 100 books in the home• 65 % likelihood of graduating HS.• 90 % likelihood of finishing 9th grade.• Every book up to about 100 especially counts, for bookless homes. Evans, M.D.R., Kelley, J., Sikora, J., Treiman, D.J. 2010. Family scholarly culture and educational success: Books and schooling in 27 nations. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 28, 171–197.
Copyright Stands in the Way Printing Stands in the Way• Copyright makes books private – they cost money• Printing makes books limited – we can run out of a favorite. Sorry….All gone!
Hurdles to using Printed Books for Solving this World Literacy ChallengeThe costs of normal printed publications … Time, money, effort, space, equipment, etc.• The Rejections – We can’t make any money with that!• The Wait - for publishing - on average, 2 years• Marketing - Artwork, layout, Planning, Rollout, Sales• Printing – paper, ink, presses, printing labor• Binding – Cover stock, binding machines, binding labor• Storage – Space, warehouse labor• Transportation – Rolling stock, drivers, fuel• Shelf space – Finite room in (vanishing) bookstores
The Publishing Matrix Private Public Digital Unite forDigital Publishers Literacy Traditional PublicPrint Publishers Libraries
How do we make books PUBLIC? Creative Commons!Attribution? Adaptation? Commercial Use?
How do we make books Digital? Computers Scanners Digital Cameras The Web (Internet and Mobile)RealeWriter and ReadCreateShare
How do we reach the6900 other languages?! Computers Tablets SMARTPHONES! By 2015 Cell phones = People on Earth
Smartphones!• Who can afford a smartphone? – delivering 10,000+ books?• Well, who can afford even 10 consumable paper, books? - @ ≈ $14.95 Apiece?• Who will create those books in a language spoken by .01% of Californians?
How do we reach every speaker of that language in the the far corners of the world? Mobile Networks By 2015 Mobile Network Access > Clean Water or even Electricity
Smartphones – They’re everywhere!• Smartphones and the expanding mobile networkhave been the most rapidly adopted technologicalinnovation ever• Smartphones are just small, affordable computers• Connectivity costs areminimal and with many phonesunnecessary for reading books.• There are even projectors forsmartphones now that allow anentire family to view the screen
Where do we get the Books ?Literacy is simpleif you understandthe power ofparticipation inThe Book Cycle…
The Possibilities for each of us Pitching In Just a little… “One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.” – JFK Unite for Literacyto make a difference that makes a difference in the world Who? Well,YOU! children, students, organizations, families SCHOOLS ELL, Special needs, Foreign language, Pre-school
But how does MY 1 book help?1. You decide to write a book about something that is a universal topic.
2. You add text, images and an English narrator3. You put it online, UNcopyrighted.4. Someone in another part of the world sees its potential for readers in their language community.5. They download it, change the images to suit that community (and/or text in that language)6. They add a second narrator7. They put that second version back online.
Sharing Your Book Starts a Book CycleSo does everyone else’s in this room.
How could we do that? Well….if everybodypitched in?... just a little
Creating – Digital Exponents• Every digital book can be multiplied easily into thousands of books, interpreted into other languages… or by adding• Or replacing images• An additional language text• Sound files for (each) language
After that initial 100 ?Careerists, Hobbyists and Experts Accountant Computer Geek Manufacturer Sailor Acrobat Cyclist Mathematician Salesman Arab Dancer Mechanic Skier Arborist Electrician Office Manager Skate Boarder Attorney Engineer Octogenarian Sky Diver Australian Families Pet lover Stamp Collector Ball player Farmer Photographer Stevedore Banker Firefighter Physicist Student Biker Fitness Pro Pilot SurferBusiness owner Gardener Plumber Tailor Carpenter Good Samaritan Poet Teen Cherokee Hindu Police officer Therapist Christian Islander Postal worker Truck Driver Clerk Jeweler Rancher Waiter Clown Junk Collector Rodeo Rider Writer
Literacy is not for Literacy Tests It’s for LIFE!• Reading TO BECOME an informed and empowered audience… to enable participation in democracy, to create one’s own destiny.• Writing as a new voice FOR audiences of people one cares about and can help Literacy is about Making a difference that makes a difference
Even as focused as Family Specific Books• Using the learner’s own words makes even a challenging text comfortable• Using the learner’s own image(s) makes the content forever fascinating• Using the learner’s own voice helps connect language with print• Using the learner’s own interests helps maintain high motivation / interest
What Kind of Books?• Culturally Relevant – Topics – of interest to family / reader – Values – shared, congruent with life experience – Goals – Commitment to the good life – Images – familiar faces and places• Linguistically Appropriate – Level – sophistication of vocabulary, syntax, intention – Length – from single words to full narrative – Dialect – language, local dialect / familiar idioms
The Power of INTEREST• Multiple demonstrations / models• Opportunity to safely try while coaching• Chance to step out, while watching• Growth is in a curve
Engaging Families – in What?• Well, Reading – Not just reading lessons… READING.• PLUS, this is not just the • National Center for Family Reading.• National Center for Family Literacy – – Reading yes, but also engaging in… – Listening – Speaking – Writing
Engaging Families – When?• CULTURAL CHANGE is needed.• Not a daily Event, THROUGHOUT Every day• Not just one parent, Not just the kids, but the WHOLE FAMILY• WEEKDAYS, WEEKENDS, HOLIDAYS, SPECIAL OCCASIONS Creating a Living Culture of Reading and Writing
What if Families took a child’s first 6 Years to establish a literate culture?To create a culture of reading…• To read for and with a child• To discuss the world presented in books• To answer questions about books, reading, letters, words and print• To make literacy a part of every day life• To make pleasure reading a daily ritual• To collect and read together 100s of picture books• To create their own books• To share them with friends and family & the world
The Case for Late Intervention Krashen, S. and McQuillan, J. 1996 Early intervention? – Well, of course! – Late Intervention? – Every bit as good … So long as learners understand that there’s no RACE to worry about, It doesn’t matter how long it took or at what point literacy is accomplishedOnce learners are interested, they just need good (self- selected) books and time to read.
Reading – Always the Starting Point• Reading of self-selected culturally and linguistically appropriate books yields: – Insight into the WHY of reading and writing – Access to the “end” product of literacy – Clarity about audience purpose genre
Image FilesAlmost any cell phone -- Pics4Learning.com -- About any Government site
Sound Files Fluently Read and Record the Text Interpret it into second language (Add new language text if you like) Add background narrative Maybe some Music Certainly, Sound effects -------Save as files named for their book pages Drag and drop onto pages Easy Peasy, Lemon Squeezy! http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/
PLAY TIME!• I’ll show you RealeWriter, our old program that is in use in dozens of your programs already.• We’ve taken the best of RealeWriter, improved it and are nearly finished building the firsr version of a system that will put books in the hands of families and their children, everywhere.• So let’s play today. Then when ReadCreateShare is stable and ready, every one of you and your programs and families may have it for free, to read, create and share narrated digital picture books• I’ll collect whatever you create and send it to you along with directions for printing it if you like.
Save your books• Save your books onto the desktop or to a flash drive device.• For those without flash devices, Do NOT turn off the computers• Enter your contact information in the DESCRIBE Panel of the RealeWriter file• Name, Phone, email• I’ll send you the file and directions for printing and binding it into a book if you like.
Consider being involved in making a difference in the world’s Literacy… Unite for Literacyto make a difference that makes a difference in the world Who? Well,YOU! Your children - your K-12, ELL, Special needs, Foreign language, Pre-school kids Your SCHOOLS organizations and families
You can decide how to be involved…• Consider the new Common Core State Standards for K-12“…use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing” (That’s in 1st Grade)“…Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others” (That’s in 6th grade)“…Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products” (That’s 12th grade)• Lead Service Learning Projects K-12• Involve Immigrant families• Invite Service Organizations and Charitable groups.• Enlist parents and civic leaders We can start to end illiteracy for the entire bottom billion NOW!
At home…back at school…• To review today’s slides and the handout, go to: www.slideshare.com/markwfcondon/presentations• To view a sample ReadCreateShare book, please visit: http://www.readcreateshare.com/books/203• To see some RealeBooks from RealeWriter: http://Discover.realelibrary.com• To contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org• Visit us at Facebook for latest developments with ReadCreateShare: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Unite-for- Literacy/120257514682090
Contact Information• Mark W.F. Condon, Ph.D.• email@example.com• +1 502 291 9780• Unite for Literacy firstname.lastname@example.org 532 W. 66th Street +1.970.669.2389 tel Loveland, CO 80538 +1.303.952.4444 efax USAWrite to us, email us, call us or fax us. Well be happy to explore with you how to optimize a partnership in service to literacy.
LUNCH TIME!• We are all going to the kickoff luncheon!• Be sure to bring your “registration stub" to gain entrance to the luncheon.• You’ll need to show that to enter. Thanks for coming. Have a great conference. and Bon Appétit!