Meet Simbi:
The App, Reading Room, and Classroom

 

 
 
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Simbi App 

SiMBi is an online reading resource that empowers peer teaching from students across the world. This unique program teaches students from kindergarten through high school using a combination of phonics, sight word, and fluency drills. 

Last summer, TWSB tested SiMBi through a randomized control trial. The results were spectacular, the app improved student fluency

"One of the ways The Walking School Bus reduces barriers to education is by improving literacy through a unique reading program. The program encourages students to read books out loud and then record them as audio files. The audio files and digital text are then shared with partnered schools. This program provides incentive for students to connect with their readings in a positive way and also enhances their literacy skills." - Anderson Cooper, CNN

 


Simbi Reading Room 

The SiMBi Reading Room was developed to serve two primary purposes: 

1) To incentivize students to connect with their readings on a deeper level and motivate reading through the understanding your readings positively impact students around the world.

2) To provide students from Elementary School all the way to University  with a place to read in a unique, calm and quite location. 


Using R30 insulation, we are able to create a relatively cheap, modular, sound proof space where students are able to connect to the SiMBi app and record themselves. If you, your class , or school would like to join SiMBi and build a reading room, we've made it easy. Feel free to view our open source designs below! 

Download SiMBi Reading Room plans below: 

The Walking School Bus assembled several SiMBi Reading Rooms at Vancouver Talmud Torah School where students recorded 187 books. Photo: Jennifer Shecter-Balin

The Walking School Bus assembled several SiMBi Reading Rooms at Vancouver Talmud Torah School where students recorded 187 books. Photo: Jennifer Shecter-Balin


The Walking School Bus: SiMBi Classroom

SiMBi Classroom

We've been asked about the inspiration behind the SiMBi classroom, it’s simple really! Last summer, TWSB tested our reading app - SiMBi through a randomized control trial. The results were spectacular, the app improved student fluency! We realized that the app needed to be readily available throughout the remote villages where we work. As a result, the SiMBi Classroom was created. It’s off grid, solar powered and provides access to our reading app as well as other remarkable educational content! It’s the first time that we’re combining our own software with hardware and the results are remarkable.