Simbi Foundation collaborates with communities to install BrightBoxes: digital, solar-powered classrooms built from shipping containers. Stocked with laptops, tablets, projectors, digital resources like Simbi, charging services, and more, each BrightBox can support up to 6,000 students per week.
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How does my voice create an impact?
Your voice can make an impact in two unique and exciting ways when reading with Simbi!
First, once your narrations have been processed and uploaded to Simbi’s online Global Library, internet-connected readers from 60 countries will be able to choose to Read Along to your narration, helping them build reading fluency!
Second, we take narrations and add them to Simbi Foundation BrightBoxes in an offline format, boosting accessibilty for remote and refugee learners in Simbi Foundation partner communities.
Is every narration added to BrightBox classrooms?
While the vast majority of narrations are added to Simbi Foundation’s BrightBox classrooms, a number of Simbi’s publisher agreements do not permit Simbi Foundation to add their content to offline BrightBoxes.
We are currently working with Simbi to try and bring more of this small amount of restrcited content to BrightBoxes to ensure that learners in Simbi Foundation’s partner communities can enjoy an even bigger library.
What's the difference between Simbi Foundation and Simbi?
Simbi Foundation is research-driven non-profit charity working to enhance access to education for the next 3.5 million remote and refugee learners. Through collaboration with communities, Simbi Foundation has developed the BrightBox solar-powered classroom solution, capable of supporting up to 6,000 students per week. Learn more here.
Simbi is a reading technology that empowers youth to use their voice in helping others learn to read around the world. Simbi combines learners’ narrations with the text of a story to create an engaging audiovisual book that learners worldwide can read along to from the accessible and inclusive Global Library. Learn more here.
Why does Simbi use the "Read-Along" method?
Simbi lets learners Read Along to digital books that are simultaneously narrated to them. This “bi-modal” approach motivates reading through its immersive experience and has shown in Randomzied Control Trials to boost literacy scores x2.
Will I get volunteer hours?
Yes! At the end of a Read-a-Thon, you can request a volunteer certificate from Simbi Foundation and Simbi!
And there’s more! Whether individually, or with friends, family, or coworkers, you can keep reading with Simbi long after a Read-a-Thon, gain more volunteer hours, request a volunteer certificate, and recieve a weekly Impact Report, which shows you who’s been reading along to your narrations, and where!
Which books need to be narrated?
Simbi has thousands of titles in its library, many of them children’s storybooks that focus on building reading fluency! A lot of these books have yet to be narrated. To access these books, all you need to is click the ‘Require Narration’ checkbox in the top right corner in order to display all the books that need narrating!
Of course, just because a book has already been narrated by somebody, that doesn’t mean that you can’t narrate it as well! Once again, the more narration, the more choice for learners around the world.
What happens to my narration once I've finished recording?
Once you’ve finished reading, your narration will be reviewed by the Simbi team, just to make sure that everything’s smooth and ready for upload to the Global Library!
After the review, your narration will appear on the Global Library, within the book that you narrated, ready for students around the world to Read Along with.
English is my second language, can I still narrate?
Absolutely! We welcome speakers with all variation, accents, and dialects of English to narrate with Simbi. Why? Because we believe that there’s no single way of speaking English, and want to make sure that any learner, anywhere, can have the choice to Read Along to an accent, dialect, or voice that they want to, can relate to, or with which they are familiar. Therefore, the more variation of narrators, the more choice for learners around the world!
Why English? While the Simbi languages library is growing, we at Simbi Foundation focus on providing support with learning English because our partner communities in Uganda and India follow a national English-language curriculum.
If you know another language, you can also help us to translate books into even more languages, helping even more students.
Will my weekly Impact Report show how many remote and refugee learners have been reading along to my narrations?
At the moment, we are only able to show you your narrations’ statistics for online Simbi users, and not for remote or refugee offline users, since many Simbi Foundation partner communities are remote and without reliable internet access. That’s why our BrightBox solutions provide access points to quality, relevant, and offline learning content.