Sunburst Digital partners with Speakaboos to bring the award-winning reading motivation and literacy platform to elementary schools Nationwide

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Chicago, IL – Sunburst announced Speakaboos for School, a new initiative bringing the award-winning digital reading motivation platform to elementary schools across the country through the Sunburst network. The Speakaboos platform motivates children of all reading levels, helping them become self-confident, independent readers through a library categorized by children’s interests and featuring engaging stories that leverage interactive technology and active learning. Students build reading confidence through a scaffolded 3-step approach of: Read to Me, Read & Play, and Read It Myself. The expert-developed and kid-tested pedagogy incorporates tools like: read-along highlighted text, recorded words pronounced with a mouse-click or tap, interactive illustrations and animation advancing the plot line. The easy-to-use technology allows students to build a deeper level of comprehension and supports literacy skills.

All Speakaboos content is developed to be both educational and engaging and is based on the acclaimed research of Dr. Alice Wilder, one of the world’s leading experts on literacy through media. Dr. Wilder, who is the Chief Learning Officer for Speakaboos, has taken her experience creating and producing beloved children’s programs such as Blue’s Clues and SuperWHY! and applied it to a uniquely effective learning model that is anchored in active learning, comprehension-based storytelling, and formative research. Research supports the idea that students who read at grade level, as well as those who struggle to read, will make attempts to read more often if they have access to materials that engage and align with their personal interests.

“Our focus at Speakaboos is to deliver a highly engaging, research-based literacy support program,” says Neal Shenoy, CEO and Co-Founder of Speakaboos, “Our Chief Learning Officer, Dr. Alice Wilder, has led discussions nationally for decades that offer compelling evidence that a key factor in motivating children to read is to provide them with stories aligned with their interests. And, when a child is motivated to read – and reads more because of this heightened engagement – learning increases. We’re thrilled to be working with Sunburst Digital to bring the Speakaboos platform to schools, educators and students across the country through its extensive and trusted network.”

“We are in our third decade of supporting teachers in their daily activities that light up learning for every child. No area in that daily mission is more impactful than fostering a love for reading,” says Heidi Parsons, Curriculum Specialist at Sunburst. “The Speakaboos platform’s attention to solid instructional design, its flexibility to work on any classroom or student technology, and its well-informed and deeply researched literacy practices makes Speakaboos a must-have for our elementary school customers.”

Every Speakaboos story is tested with students in a school setting. Feedback sessions are used to refine story lines, improve interactivity, streamline usability, and enhance the reading experience, student engagement and literacy impact.

Speakaboos for School is available now from Sunburst at:

About Sunburst
Sunburst has connected educators with instructional technology and digital content solutions for three decades. We sell, support, and provide curriculum services directly to schools. Our solutions are found in more than 95% of US school districts. We selectively work with educational development companies launching products by helping schools and partners take risk out of innovation. We believe implementing instructionally sound digital content solutions enhances teaching and raises outcomes.

About Speakaboos
Speakaboos is an award-winning reading motivation platform for early childhood literacy. Our mission is to provide highly engaging and educational interactive stories that motivate every child to read. Speakaboos features a catalog of over 175 interactive stories with rich illustrations, animated characters and story-driven touch-screen interactions that bring favorite stories to life and keep children engaged through active learning. Designed to motivate children to read anytime, anywhere, Speakaboos can be enjoyed on computers, tablets or mobile devices at home, on the go and in schools. Speakaboos is distributed to thousands of children in homes, schools and libraries globally in strategic partnership with the world’s largest education, media and technology companies. For more information visit: and keep up with the latest Speakaboos news on Facebook and Twitter.

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