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LearningUpgrade Upgrade’s In $7M Barbara Bush Foundation XPRIZE Contest

Learning Upgrade Named Semi-Finalist in $7 Million Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE Presented by Dollar General Literacy Foundation

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LearningUpgrade is an innovative edtech startup made up of a a bunch of creative teachers, musicians, artists and programmers. The San Diego startup, is creating rich online course material for students in reading and math. Their online courses feature songs, videos and interactive games that appeal to today’s media savvy students.

Students of all ages from K-12 to adult education are benefiting from the unique suite of educational options from LearningUpgrade. At the K-12 level they’re helping students and teachers make sense of the common core concepts and through their multimedia online courses they filling in the gaps of common core instruction. Many online education companies are building lessons around common core, LearningUpgrade’s curriculum really helps students understand the material in a more natural way.

For adults, LearningUpgrade provides online courses and curriculum to their students using the platform that can prepare them for GED and CTE. They also specialize in helping low-literate adults become more proficient in reading, in natural ways. Busy adults are able to take advantage of LearningUpgrade’s material through their laptop, tablet, smartphone or other mobile device, where and when they want to. This means that the single mother or father working two or three jobs can spend time on a lunch break, bus ride or in between jobs, learning.

LearningUpgrade was recently named a top eight semi-finalist in the $7 million Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE presented by Dollar General Literacy Foundation, a global competition challenging teams to develop mobile applications for adult learners that result in the greatest increase in literacy skills in just 12 months. Leading up to today’s announcement, Learning Upgrade, headquartered in San Diego, CA, was among 109 initial teams competing for the Adult Literacy XPRIZE.

“We are honored and excited to be named a semi-finalist in the XPRIZE adult literacy competition and to help low-literacy adults make learning breakthroughs using their own smartphones,” said Vinod Lobo, co-founder and CEO of Learning Upgrade. “By providing anytime, anywhere instruction to more adult learners, we can improve our economy—and help individuals reach their full potential and live the American dream.”

“With the announcement of these semi-finalist teams, we are one step closer to transforming the lives of 36 million adults with low literacy skills in the U.S. by putting today’s cutting-edge learning tools directly in the hands of those who need them most,” said Shlomy Kattan, the senior director of the Adult Literacy XPRIZE.

You can find out more about LearningUpgrade here and about the contest here.