Prize for Pocket Tales

MORE PRIZES: First place in the 2011 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Global Education Challenge went to Pocket Tales, a Startl-incubated company, that wants to turn reading into an online social activity with customizable avatars, points, and badges. Second place: Neil Dsouza for Education Hotspots, which aims to open up the Internet's large cache of OER and other online goodies for emerging countries with no Internet access or very limited bandwidth. He's already doing this for remote towns in Mongolia, folks. The whole shabang comes with a server, router, switch, wireless access point, and courseware tucked neatly into a backpack. Third place went to EGuided Reading, a series of web and mobile apps designed to help parents engage in the "guided reading" experience with their children at home.

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