News | July 24, 2019

Educational Technology Startup Combines Artificial Intelligence And Voice With Real Books To Advance Children's Literacy

Mia Learning announces monthly book club for young readers

Washington, DC /PRNewswire/ - Combining the same voice chatbot technology marketed to kids on platforms like Alexa with insights from literacy education research, Mia Learning announced its new Secret Agent Mia Book Club.

"Utilizing a voice chatbot offering AI-powered personalized book recommendations and coaching, Mia grows kids' love of reading rather than focusing on teaching to a test," said CEO Darren Cambridge.

Mia Learning's secure website ensures parents are in control and privacy is sacrosanct while still offering a highly engaging conversational experience. The Club builds resistant/struggling readers' motivation and connects more enthusiastic young readers with a steady stream of new books they wouldn't otherwise have encountered.

Decades of research finds that improving motivation to read and increasing reading volume have more impact on kids' reading achievement than using any instructional technique. "Other programs are myopically focused on skills," says Dr. Kathryn Pierce of St. Louis University. "Mia is focused on building your passion for reading, being really excited about what you're reading, understanding yourself as a reader, and how you're growing."

Designed with experts and grounded in recent research, Mia Learning's software is already proving effective in schools. An evaluation funded by the National Science Foundation shows that elementary school students using Mia increased their motivation to read during the 2018-2019 school year at an annualized rate of 32%. Secret Agent Mia's Book Club will make the same software available directly to families for the first time.

Indiegogo Campaign page: https://mialearning.com/club
Video: https://vimeo.com/mialearning/club

Secret Agent Mia's Book Club is available through Indiegogo for $15 per month, 25% off the retail price. Kids receive unlimited access to the voice chatbot and two new print books each month, delivered to their home. The campaign runs July 22 through August 20, 2019.

About Mia Learning
Mia Learning LLC was founded in May 2017 in Washington, DC by Darren Cambridge and Kathleen Perez-Lopez, inspired by Cambridge's struggle to help his son learn to love books despite a reading-specific learning disability. The company received the Most Promising Innovation Prize from SEED Spot and Booz Allen Hamilton and won a Small Business Innovation Research award from the National Science Foundation.

SOURCE: Mia Learning

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