It all starts with Literacy.

New America’s Interactive Resource Map: “Integrating Technology in Early Literacy (InTEL)”


We urge all teachers, tutors, parents and other literacy supporters to check out a brand new interactive map from New America, called Integrating Technology in Early Literacy (InTEL).

The Innovations for Learning team is very gratified that TutorMate was recently recognized by New America as a program that effectively integrates technology with early grade education. New America’s Education Policy Program selected about 30 programs across the country to include in their compelling new map mentioned above. The programs listed can be sorted based on program type, evidence of impact, primary technological tool, program languages, and ages served. TutorMate received the highest possible evidence of impact rating, ranking as “strong” in this category, based on conclusive data supporting the program’s ability to improve our students’ reading abilities.

As technology in the classroom and at home becomes increasingly ubiquitous, more community initiatives and nonprofits seek to employ digital programs to enhance learning. Research continues to show the importance of developing foundational reading skills at an early age, and educators are eager for more resources and new approaches to effectively teach literacy. InTEL benefits teachers, school districts, parents and community leaders looking for innovative technology to bolster student growth and success. The map was officially launched during a forum in collaboration with Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop on parent engagement and early literacy, co-hosted by Erikson Institute and its Technology in Early Childhood (TEC) Center in Chicago.



To interact with the map, click here. TutorMate is highlighted near Chicago, at Innovations for Learning’s national headquarters.

Incidentally, this isn’t the first recognition of TutorMate by New America. Click here to read our blog post about Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens, a new book by Lisa Guernsey of New America and Michael H. Levine of Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop.

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