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Intertrust Partners with Worldreader to Improve Reading Literacy and Access in Uganda

“Intertrust makes it possible for us to protect this and other content, while remaining true to our vision of creating a world where everyone can be a reader.”

SAN FRANCISCO and KAMPALA, Uganda (PRWEB) January 23, 2020
Intertrust has partnered with digital reading specialist Worldreader in support of the organization’s work to improve literacy in underserved communities throughout the world.
Worldreader, a global NGO, has created BookSmart, an affordable digital reading solution that runs on full-color Android tablets. BookSmart helps students read, develop valuable 21st Century skills, and become life-long learners. The solution includes a subscription to 150 culturally relevant, curricularly aligned supplemental books plus an embedded Children’s Oxford English Dictionary. Through a joint program with Cheshire Services Uganda, Worldreader is working with 20 schools around the Kampala area. The program has provided 1,000 BookSmart subscriptions for these under-resourced students.
“As a part of our program in Uganda, Worldreader sources content from local publishers that is relevant to learners, preserving the local culture and contributing to a strong reading ecosystem,” said Flavia Moroso, director of technology at Worldreader. “Intertrust makes it possible for us to protect this and other content, while remaining true to our vision of creating a world where everyone can be a reader.”
Using Intertrust’s ExpressPlay DRM™ and the ExpressPlay SDK, Intertrust provides Worldreader with the ability to verify the identity of each BookSmart device and let users access the protected content on them. ExpressPlay is a multi-DRM cloud-based service that protects apps and other content such as e-books from piracy and theft by encrypting it. It is based on Marlin DRM, an open-standard content protection system for consumer devices and services which was co-developed by Intertrust, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung and Sony.
Device verification or ‘provisioning’ involves establishing an identity of the device and linking it to the identity of the device owner. During this process the device acquires a unique key that is linked with that identity. A total of 48 books on each BookSmart device require encryption, resulting in 48,000 tokens having been provided by Interturst so far with another 2,000 expected to be used as a part of the program this year.
“It is deeply gratifying to partner with Worldreader and bring the promise of a better life to children in the Kampala region,” said Gadi Ittah, director of product management at Intertrust. “It is a privilege to be a part of the BookSmart program which is not only making a world of readers possible, but placing power and opportunity into the hands of those who most need and deserve it.”
Worldreader’s digital reading program in Uganda works with teachers in classrooms where girls and children with disabilities are at an historic disadvantage, face high dropout rates and increased barriers to learning. BookSmart offers tablets loaded with textbooks and supplementary reading materials to foster improved reading and learning. As a part of the program, teacher training is also provided on strategies for integrating a digital reading program into the classroom.
Finally, BookSmart provides schools and teachers with valuable insights into the actual reading practices within their classrooms. Data is collected from devices to give feedback to a consortium of partners which are able to better understand reading behaviors, content usage, and time spent on reading tasks. This information is critical for measuring the impact of the digital reading program.
Worldreader was co-founded by David Risher and Colin McElwee in 2010. The nonprofit has offices in San Francisco, Barcelona, Ghana, Kenya, and in Delhi as well as staff in the U.K.
About IntertrustIntertrust provides trusted computing products and services to leading global corporations – from mobile, consumer electronics and IoT manufacturers, to service providers and enterprise software platform companies. These products include the world’s leading digital rights management (DRM), software tamper resistance, and technologies to enable private data exchanges for various verticals including energy, entertainment, retail/marketing, automotive, fintech, and IoT. Founded in 1990, Intertrust is headquartered in Silicon Valley with regional offices in London, Tokyo, Mumbai, Bangalore, Beijing, Seoul, Riga, and Tallinn. The company has a legacy of invention, and its fundamental contributions in the areas of computer security and digital trust are globally recognized. Intertrust holds hundreds of patents that are key to Internet security, trust, and privacy management components of operating systems, trusted mobile code and networked operating environments, web services, and cloud computing.
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AMC's The Walking Dead Alums Team Up to Produce New Wave Rom-Com Film, Fanfare, With a Debut Reading in Atlanta By Ann Mahoney

I was watching ‘End of theF***ing World’ on Netflix, and this idea of two people burning their lives down was enchanting to me. Then, I wondered why no one ever writes stories like THAT about women in their 40s. So, I wrote about it. And FANFARE was born.

ATLANTA (PRWEB) January 23, 2020
Ann Mahoney and Jason Kirkpatrick of AMC’s The Walking Dead host a live reading of Mahoney’s original rom-com entitled, FANFARE, a timely women-centric project at The Warren Club, 818 N. Highland Ave N.E. on Wednesday, February 5th, at 7:30 pm. Cash bar and meet and greets available before and after the reading.
Ann Mahoney says, “I was watching ‘End of theF***ing World’ on Netflix, and this idea of two people burning their lives down was enchanting to me. Then, I wondered why no one ever writes stories like THAT about women in their 40s. So, I wrote about it. And FANFARE was born.”
Jason Kirkpatrick, known for his work on The Walking Dead and Deepwater Horizon, said, “What’s great about this script is this idea that you make these stupid, rash decisions as a young person, based on what people tell you should and shouldn’t be, and then you wake up one day and realize you’re 40, and stuck in a life you don’t recognize. It sounds tragic, but it’s simultaneously touching and hilarious because everyone recognizes that struggle.”
The event is open to the public and will be attended by potential producers looking for women-centric films, as well as several female directors. The cast, who will read multiple roles, is stacked with fellow Walking Dead alums, including Jeremy Palko, who recurred as Andy from The Hilltop.
Palko expressed his excitement about the reading, “I laughed out loud on every page! I’ve been a big fan of Ann’s writing for some time now, and she isn’t afraid to go to any lengths to show the humor in humanity. She can craft a slapstick comedy moment, just as well as she tells a shit joke.”
Adding to the talented cast slate will be 2019 Broadway World’s Best Actress, Wendy Melkonian, renowned beauty queen and stand-up comedienne Lace Larabee, and Scream Queens actress Hope Leigh.

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Former Teacher's AI-driven reading app is granted US Patent

Turn screentime into reading time

I have evaluated and observed the development and implementation of many reading programs. Never, however, have I found a program that equals Read Ahead in terms of its flexibility, accessibility, and integration of content delivery methods.

NEW YORK (PRWEB) January 07, 2020
There is no shortage of learning apps available for school-aged children. Few, however, are developed by women founders. Even fewer include features so revolutionary they qualify for U.S. patent protection.Read Ahead is among the rare few.
Read Ahead is an AI-driven application that, in minutes, takes any piece of digital text and turns it into a fully customized, interactive reading assignment that can be completed on digital device—be it a smartphone, tablet or laptop.
Founder, Dr. Roxanne Russell, and her team have been granted a U.S. patent that protects the app’s unique features which include:
A black and white text player that improves concentration and focus for users.
An artificial intelligence that skims key ideas and chunks reading assignments into manageable pieces to boost critical thinking.
Interactivity that allows users to play with the flow of words and engage directly with the text to demonstrate comprehension.
Developed by Russell, an Instructional Designer with over 20 years of experience in higher learning, and a parent of two herself, Read Ahead takes the biggest thing that distracts kids from after school reading—their penchant for digital devices—and turns it into the opposite: a simple way to get kids reading (and loving it, too).
While Read Ahead is new to the consumer market, the app has been in testing and development for several years. Research conducted using Read Ahead has been recognized and cited in dozens of publications and today, thousands of teachers are using Read Ahead in the classroom with promising results.
“While co-directing the U. S. Department of Education’s National Reading Research Center from 1992-1997 and since then while serving as editor of Reading Research Quarterly, I have evaluated and observed the development and implementation of many reading programs. Never, however, have I found a program that equals Read Ahead in terms of its flexibility, accessibility, and integration of content delivery methods,” says Donna Alvermann, UGA Appointed Distinguished Research Professor of Language & Literacy Education.
With Read Ahead, kids are encouraged and supported to read what they want on the media that they prefer and they’re able to do so distraction-free through the app’s patented black and white text reader. Even better, Read Ahead’s functionality helps readers expand their vocabulary and critical thinking in a way that traditional classroom reading assignments don’t.
Read Ahead is currently offered free for educators in the U.S. through Clever.com and available to consumers for just $36 per year at https://readahead.ai.
About Full Tilt AheadFull Tilt Ahead is an award winning, woman-owned education technology and academic design studio that is proud to introduce their revolutionary teen reading app, Read Ahead. Read Ahead transforms any digital text into a guided reading activity in seconds. You can use Read Ahead with new web content that you want to read today and create engaging reading experiences across all levels and content areas.
Read Ahead reinforces reading strategies and critical reading by inviting you to create your own reading presentations with custom word choices. Our Wordlist tool lets you emphasize signal words or grammatical structures in any digital content you want to read.
Read Ahead reinforces vocabulary by manipulating the flow of words in your reading process- simulating the isolation of vocabulary recall during the reading process. By disrupting the usual presentation of text, Read Ahead emphasizes how vocabulary functions in and out of context.
Read Ahead skims the text and finds the key ideas for you to get synapses firing off about concepts in passages before you read them. This front-loading technique is proven to help readers cross-reference, establish schema and make predictions.
We keep it simple and focus on the words. Black and white text. How readers move through a reading experience. What choices readers make when they read.
We invite you to create custom reading presentations and share your work with others. Browse public groups and public presentations to see how others read. Compare your reading experiences with readers across the world.
Join the Read Ahead community today:Parents: https://readahead.ai/Teachers: https://readahead.ai/teachers/

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Discover How To Rank In Search Engines with Visual SEO Strategies By Reading Guest Post Tracker’s Most Recent Post

With the internet becoming saturated with millions of websites, the visual component of content and websites has become increasingly more important. Creative strategies combined with visually appealing content has transformed the way people approach SEO.(PRWeb December 13, 2019)Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/discover_how_to_rank_in_search_engines_with_visual_seo_strategies_by_reading_guest_post_tracker_s_most_recent_post/prweb16787395.htm

Discover How Great The Father’s Love Is – By Reading A Text Message

This book evolved from Van Rushton’s efforts to communicate with his children and grandchildren in their generations’ most preferred method of conveying information

MILBROOKE, Ala. (PRWEB) December 08, 2019
Van Ruston’s book A Father’s Love ($25.49, paperback, 9781545629376; $9.99, e-book, 9781545629383), is available for purchase.
A Father’s Love is a devotional text every morning reminding this current generation just how much the Father loves them. Readers will be able to see past what the world has to offer and be able to comprehend the width, height, and depth of The Father’s love.
This book evolved from Van Rushton’s efforts to communicate with his children and grandchildren in their generations’ most preferred method of conveying information – a text!
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Xulon Press, a division of Salem Media Group, is the world’s largest Christian self-publisher, with more than 12,000 titles published to date. A Father’s Love is available online through xulonpress.com/bookstore, amazon.com, and barnesandnoble.com.

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Walk with Ruben Gonzales Through Life While Reading Pieces of Godly Wisdom

Growing up around a diverse group of people in a spiritually rich home makes for an interesting childhood with plenty of interesting tales and lessons to live by. Ruben Gonzales gives readers a close look into his thoughts and feelings about his personal experiences in his new book, Barrio Walk: Stepping Into Wisdom.(PRWeb November 22, 2019)Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/walk_with_ruben_gonzales_through_life_while_reading_pieces_of_godly_wisdom/prweb16737309.htm

Schools Can Sign Up Now for Learning Ally’s Great Reading Games, A National Audiobook Event to Ignite the Reading Passions of Students with Reading Deficits

Learning Ally, a leading nonprofit education solutions organization dedicated to improving literacy for all, is currently inviting U.S. schools to sign up for its 2020 Great Reading Games – a nationally recognized audiobook event for school-age children with reading deficits.(PRWeb November 20, 2019)Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/schools_can_sign_up_now_for_learning_allys_great_reading_games_a_national_audiobook_event_to_ignite_the_reading_passions_of_students_with_reading_deficits/prweb16738224.htm