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IsraelDev - Drink &Pitch Event 2013- LerGO - Let's Democratize Kids Education - Nava Levy


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IsraelDev - Drink &Pitch Event 2013- LerGO - Let's Democratize Kids Education - Nava Levy

  1. 1. LerGO – Let’s Democratize Kids Education IsraelDev – Drink-Pitch-Mingle Event Nava Levy, Founder LerGO – Educate yourself
  2. 2. What is your dream? Kids everywhere have dreams and aspirations
  3. 3. And education is the key means for fulfilling them
  4. 4. Yet, the situation is today, that most kids need to complement public education …
  5. 5. …with costly private lessons + Public Education Private Lessons
  6. 6. Well over 50% of Kids are Taking Costly Private Lessons 100% 80% 60% 40% 20% 0% Israel Korea India Source: Wikipedia, Meizav Israel “Costs associated with shadow education are staggering” Source: Wikipedia, Private Tutoring
  7. 7. Social Gap Increasing “No Rich Kid Left Behind ….Whatever we’ve been doing in our schools, it hasn’t reduced educational inequality between children from upper- and lowerincome families… Prof Reardon, Stanford, April 2013 “….private tutoring can…maintain and exacerbate social inequalities" Source: Wikipedia
  8. 8. Today, all of us together can change this. With LerGO.
  9. 9. A bit about me • Cloud: Many years in HiTech, also as VP Cloud in cVidya and Head of Cloud Program in Amdocs • Education: Many years in education, also as volunteer private tutoring for kids from low socio-economic background • CrowdSourcing: Plenty of experience in contributing to crowd sourcing platforms My name is Nava Levy and I believe that today’s technology provides an opportunity to realize the vision of free private lessons for all.
  10. 10. LerGO’s Vision – Democratizing Kids Education • LerGO is a new non-profit social venture dedicated to self education • Our goal is to provide every child with free access to high quality, animated and interactive online lessons • This will be possible through LerGO’s open-source cloud platform that will harness the community to easily create content © 2013 Proprietary and Confidential
  11. 11. Internet Ethics Health & Biology Algebra Negotiations & Mediations Physics Diversity Grammar Sustainability Spelling History Learning Strategies Geography Critical Thinking Foreign Languages Kids will use this content to self-learn all K12 topics, enjoyably and at their own pace. Geometry
  12. 12. I know that online lessons are not new. Yet , they haven’t had much impact on kids’ education. How is LerGO different? LerGO is a solution that takes the best from two approaches for online learning:
  13. 13. High Usability The high usability of paid Flash based tutorials
  14. 14. High Usability Openness, Scalability & Affordability With the openness, scalability and affordability of Open Educational Resources (OERs)
  15. 15. Orchestration High Usability Openness, Scalability & Affordability LerGO will combine these into one powerful orchestrated solution that makes finding the right lesson at the right quality as simple as a Google search
  16. 16. Animated & Interactive LerGO will enable anyone to easily create animated, interactive lessons . A cute animated character will guide the student through the lesson step by step.
  17. 17. Simple to Create Compose Question Lesson Playlist Putting together a lesson or adding a question can be as simple as writing an e-mail
  18. 18. Scalable Whether you have an hour or only 5 minutes to spare, you will still be able to contribute to LerGO This makes LerGO an extremely scalable solution.
  19. 19. Orchestrated Finding the right lesson at the right quality will be enabled through orchestration, with top down regulations and editors, who will edit, tag and certify content, and bottom up ratings.
  20. 20. To Kids Everywhere We want LerGO to make an impact to kids everywhere including the developing regions. So we are building LerGO with 4 principles in mind.
  21. 21. 1. Free, NO Ads, Open IT’S FREE! Edit.Mix.Share Lessons will be free, with no ads and open so that everyone can edit, mix and match lessons or improve existing ones, as well as share on Facebook or embed on any website.
  22. 22. 2. Multilingual & Multicultural We’re building LerGO as a multilingual platform, so that lessons can be created in any of the supported languages or easily translated and adapted to the relevant cultural context
  23. 23. 3. Any Device Third, LerGO lessons will be accessible through any device including mobile devices which are key for the developing regions and kids at large, who often have access to mobile devices only.
  24. 24. 4. Content also for limited bandwidth And finally, all quizzes with be accessible also via limited bandwidth.
  25. 25. It’s not just me… Contributing to LerGO is an interdisciplinary group of talented professionals, either as part time contributors or in advisory board roles. All of them, like me, are doing it on a voluntary basis.
  26. 26. Coming Soon… LerGO’s Crowd Funding Campaign! •We have worked really hard to get to this point…but we need the funds for the development of the platform, so that we can load it with our initial content, and open it to the world. •For this reason we are about to do a crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo… and we will need your help, and your friends help to help support it. How you can help: 1) “Like” on Facebook – ; follow on Linkedin, sign-up at 2) Support our upcoming CrowdFunding campaign 3) Become a LerGOvangelist – spread the word 4) Start/continue creating lessons
  27. 27. What is your dream? LerGO isn’t just about creating high quality online lessons, and it’s not just about providing an alternative to costly private lessons ….
  28. 28. Educate Yourself LerGO is about giving the community tools to take education to the next level, democratizing education and reducing the social gap in the process. LerGO is about helping the dreams of every kid come true and it needs your help to make it happen.
  29. 29. Thank You  © 2013 Proprietary and Confidential