If there were ever a Kickstarter project that we can all get behind, it’s this new initiative by LeVar Burton to build his wonderful Reading Rainbow show into a learning platform that will be provided for FREE to anyone who wants it – especially school districts and homeschoolers:
Lifelong educational advocate, LeVar Burton is asking the public to join a Kickstarter Campaign to help make the new Reading Rainbow digital library universally accessible to children in classrooms, homes and beyond. Launched just two years ago exclusively on tablets, Reading Rainbow has inspired children to read, with over 12 million books read and video filed trips watched thus far.
Burton’s startup educational technology company, RRKIDZ, worldwide holder of rights to Reading Rainbow already gives young readers access to hundreds of children’s fiction and non-fiction books and newly produced educational video field trips. Says Burton, “We’ve done as much as we can alone. We need help to bring Reading Rainbow to every child.” When the Reading Rainbow Kickstarter campaign reaches its goal of $1M, the funds raised will:
1. Create a classroom-specific experience, tailored to meet the unique needs of teachers and homeschoolers, that includes: a teacher dashboard, educator designed supplemental materials aligned with Common Core standards and significantly expanded selections of the highest quality leveled children’s books.
2. Bring Reading Rainbow, at no cost, to classrooms that need it the most with the intention to establish a not-for-profit program to subsidize the digital reading service.
3. Develop a universally accessible, browser based digital library on the web, expanding access to every child, everywhere in homes and schools across the world.