Thursday, July 26, 2012

Tech Startup Podcast: Chris Drew, Ph.D. of Pocket Literacy Coach

At TechInspire.Me, we heart couples. Couples have babies. Sometimes couples can find it hard to teach their kids. Luckily, Pocket Literacy makes it easy.

In this interview, we talk about: 

  • The story behind why PLC started
  • Why its essential for children to learn outside of school
  • How parents can use PLC SMS's to improve their childrens' literacy and education
  • The challenges facing the education technology startup space
  • How Chris called us from California--in the process of searching for financing
  • The beneficial PLC partnership with Bright Horizons
  • Further, why Bright Horizons independent research showed PLC motivates both parents and children to be more active learners
More about Chris

Chris Drew, Ph.D. is the Founder and CEO of PLC. Prior, Chris started two other startups. Congruently, Chris has also taught English reading and writing skills at universities and colleges across the country. He has published and lectured about his research on pedagogy and literacy education at numerous conferences.

Chris is considered a groundbreaking scholar and teacher as is evidenced by the innovative nature of Pocket Literacy Coach. Dr. Drew earned his Ph.D. from Temple University. He currently lives and teaches in Chicago, IL. Learn more about Chris and connect on LinkedIn.

More about Pocket Literacy

Their pitch: Pocket Literacy Coach texts you mini-lessons to help make your 0-12 year old smarter.

In their own words: Pocket Literacy Coach is a text messaging service designed for parents of 0-12 year olds. Pocket Literacy Coach sends a daily text message to your cell phone with a short literacy lesson that you can use with your child to help them build their emerging literacy skills.

These mini-lessons are designed by a Ph.D. literacy scholar and team of teachers. The objective of the PLC program is to provide parents with creative and fun research-based lessons to use with their kids. The most basic benefits of the PLC mini-lessons are that the text messages serve as both a daily reminder and they provide an easy learning activity for parents to use.

PLC mini-lessons will extend your personal knowledge and give you confidence that you are constantly providing a stimulating environment for you youngsters! Connect with them on Twitter @pocketliteracy and Facebook.

Their service is very inexpensive at under $40/yearly. To learn more and register, visit their website.


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