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Interactive Audio Technology to build Phonological Awareness and Early Childhood Literacy

Award Information
Agency: Department of Education
Branch: Institute of Education Sciences
Contract: 91990020C0076
Agency Tracking Number: 91990020C0076
Amount: $199,724.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 91990020R0006
Solicitation Number: 91990020R0006
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-06-09
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-02-15
Small Business Information
1053 Sonoma Ave
Menlo Park, CA 94025
United States
DUNS: 067491986
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Aparna Ramanathan
 (202) 245-7550
Business Contact
 Aparna Ramanathan
Phone: (202) 245-7550
Research Institution

Phonological awareness, the ability to identify and manipulate sounds in words, is the strongest determinant of future reading ability. The developers have created an interactive phonological audio tool for preschool-aged children to listen to passages and learn and practice the basic sounds that make up words. In this project, they will improve this tool by developing a new prototype software application with interactive audio lessons to individualize children's learning experience. The prototype will include a natural language processing engine to adjust lessons to personalize practicing basic sounds that make up words (phonemes), auditory discrimination activities, blending, segmenting, rhyming, and syllables. At the end of Phase I, the researchers will conduct a pilot study with 30 preschool children, a teacher, and parents to determine if the prototype functions as planned, if the content is engaging for learners, and if participating in audio activities is linked to improved phonological awareness skills.

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