Google boosts literacy through Book Search project

The spread of Google continues a-pace: the latest initiative from Mountain View is The Literacy Project.

Google boosts literacy through Book Search project

Described as a resource for teachers, literacy organisations and ‘anyone interested in reading and education’, Google has launched a literacy-related initiative. It is partly based on its existing Book Search service as well as its traditional search strengths.

‘Google believes that the Internet can be a powerful tool in connecting the organisations leading this fight,’ states the companyt. ‘The more people that have access to reading tools, project ideas, and resources, the further we will go in combating this problem.’

The launch coincides with the start of the Frankfurt book fair, the largest in the world, and it’s not just the search giant that is involved. The project has been created in collaboration with LitCam (the Frankfurt Book Fair Literacy Campaign) and UNESCO’s Institute for Lifelong Learning.

‘Litcam is excited to have partnered with Google on this site,’ said Litcam’s director of education for the future, Karin Plötz. ‘A global problem deserves a global solution, and we believe that cooperation and the sharing of best practices is key in the fight against illiteracy.’

On the associated website there are sections for searching books, finding academic articles, blogging on literacy-related topics and linking to other literacy organisations around the world (such as the Read Write Now initiative in Eire or the Centre pour le development de l’information sur la formation professionnelle in France). There is also a video section on the webiste that is intended to help promote best practices in this area.

You can find The Literacy Project located here.

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