LearnOnMobile LLC The Thor Reading Software
Vision Helping a billion children, and students and adults, learn to read English better, with our Thor interactive mobile app.
V l Value Read better. Learn better! Think better!! Do better!!! Repetition, self-pacing, mastery learning, and costeffectiveness make the Thor reading system an important and d id ideall ttooll tto h help l students t d t llearn tto read dE English. li h
Why Reading? •
Reading is the most important skill. Reading is the most important skill Every Every subject is easier for those who read well. Reading widely adds perspective and understanding. With technology, today almost everyone can read almost anything, any time, on mobile. But they have to read English. Other languages have almost 90% fewer pages on the Internet, or even less. less Also, reading is more than an isolated skill! If a student fails to read English, writing is harder, and so is reading math problems. g p Maybe even worse, y , self‐esteem and resilience fall. Slow readers are slow learners – great readers are great leaders!
What’s the Problem? •
All over the world, 99% of children speak well. All over the world 99% of children speak well They have no problem with conversation or comprehension or vocabulary. p Children need to read at 120 words per minute by second grade in order to keep up. That's two words per second. But each word has five letters, on average. Thi means that This th t a reader d mustt figure fi outt ten letters per second! Then one must immediately decode another ten letters in the next second second, over and over. This need to constantly decode the letters, quickly, creates the problem.
The Solution: Thor • • • • • • •
Students will learn to decode the letters instantly and quickly. By decoding the y q y y g letters into sounds, the student learns to read words. Word decoding should be separated from word comprehension or understanding. Each lesson has almost ten words, and these average around five letters. The Thor lessons start with the phonics, and end with students reading at a 6th grade level. Repetition, self‐pacing, and mastery learning all work to make the Thor system successful. Engagement is strongest when learning is interactive. When students are engaged, they progress rapidly. Th i Thor is cost‐effective, too. In developed countries, effective coaching by a teacher t ff ti t I d l d ti ff ti hi b t h would cost hundreds of dollars per year per student. Even in less developed countries, a teacher would cost $100 per year. We offer the Thor reading lessons to anyone, for $9 per year or less.
Thor’s History: • •
The Thor reading system is based on a lifetime of The Thor reading system is based on a lifetime of work by master educator Thorwald Esbensen. In 1980, Executive Educator Magazine named him one of the top 100 educational administrators in North America. He observed that slow readers were slow learners. He identified the central cause of illiteracy as the inability to decode letters into words, and words into sounds. Thorwald taught at all grade levels, from kindergarten through university graduate school kindergarten through university graduate school, before becoming the curriculum director for the city of Duluth, Minnesota.
Thor was used in Duluth, MN, USA, to teach over 100 first and second grade youngsters better reading skills. b di kill As measured by the Scott, Foresman Reading Placement Tests, the average of their median scores jumped from the 56th percentile to the 89th percentile at the end of that school year The average score increased by 60%. the end of that school year. The average score increased by 60%. 7
Timeline: 1960 – 1992: Thorwald
2000s: His son, Daniel
EEsbensen identified the central b id tifi d th t l cause of illiteracy as the inability to decode letters into words, and words into sounds. He worked on and identified the solution in 1992.
EEsbensen, had become a b h db virtuoso programmer and software architect. He programmed these lessons for use on computers. p
1990s: The Thor
2016: Daniel Esbensen contributed these
y system was tested with three classes of first and second graders, with excellent results.
py g , copyrighted lessons to LearnOnMobile LLC, and became its CTO. Douglas Makepeace agreed to help build this company, as CEO. Each owns half of the equity. Daniel then oversaw the conversion of the system, to allow its use in a mobile application to allow its use in a mobile application.
Timeline (cont’d): 2016: The mobile app was
November 2017: The Thor
then tested, first on a small th t t d fi t ll group of children in San Jose CA. Later, a group of Indian children at a Hyderabad orphanage tried the lessons. p g
program will be used to ill b dt teach Indian students in the Mori village, in East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh State.
June 2017: Ten children in East Palo Alto were given
small tablets, and their progress is being tracked. Another 50 children at the same after‐school program used Thor h ld h f h l d h over the summer. A software system was built to track the use and progress by each student. Measurements of many kinds will help us evaluate the children’s progress, and make improvements. p
Future Roadmap: •
Using AI technologies to help guide U i AI t h l i t h l id learners efficiently through lessons, freeing teachers and mentors to focus on special needs learners. p The addition of word comprehension and the understanding of American idioms. The expansion into interactive math and science mastery materials. Support for higher education materials from 6th grade into materials from 6th grade into beginning college.
Co‐founder and CTO f d d Mr. Daniel Esbensen is the President of Touch Technologies, Inc. a high‐tech company that he co‐ founded in 1982. He is an inventor and well‐known for his highly scalable software solutions to complex g y p problems. Some of the technologies used by the FBI, CIA, and NSA for national and international security are based on his patents. Daniel is also a co‐founder of the California Health Medical Reserve Corps.
Co‐founder and CEO f d d Mr. Douglas Makepeace is the CEO and is responsible for coordinating the team at LEARN!. He has been thinking intently about learning since his first year of school, over 60 yyears ago. g He worked directly with Sir John Templeton, the y p , famous investor and philanthropist, on his personal investments in hedge funds, for over 15 years. He allocated capital to many global traders who used artificial intelligence, starting in 1989. He traveled widely to emerging countries, starting in 1991 starting in 1991.
Team: Robert Levin, Associate Mr. Robert Levin is an author, entrepreneur, and thought leader in emerging technologies. He is the Managing , p , g g g g g g Director of Emerging Star Capital, LLC, an investment advisor, and CEO of Transclick, Inc., a Technology Pioneer member of the World Economic Forum with over 12 million digital clients in 190 countries, including over 1 million mobile app clients in India. His company, Transclick, has won several awards for innovation including the Edison Gold Awards, the Always On Global 250 Award & the Top 100 Mobile Award.
Anurupa Sarma, Product Advisor, South Asia Ms. Anurupa Sarma is an Engineering leader at Intel. She is a passionate technologist with a track record of solving complex business problems with elegant technical solutions. She has an entrepreneurial drive, and the ability to achieve stretch goals in an innovative environment. She is deeply committed to the cause of education and believes that every child deserves an equal opportunity for a good education She thinks that technology and believes that every child deserves an equal opportunity for a good education. She thinks that technology advancement should be used for the betterment of society, and for educating children. Most of the world's internet content is created in English. Therefore, every child must be able to read English well. Being a firm believer in self‐paced learning, she feels the "Thor" reading lessons could fulfill her dream of a literate world.
Tim Chan, Associate Mr. Tim Chan is responsible for the daily operations at LearnOnMobile LLC. He has worked with Douglas Makepeace for over 20 years. He previously worked as a research analyst, evaluating global markets and money managers. He also has a background in biomedical education.
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