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Melissa Cash: Playing with a Real Playroom of Toys—Only in a Digital Space!

Melissa Cash: Playing with a Real Playroom of Toys—Only in a Digital Space!
Melissa: Hi Spiffy, thanks for having me! At Pok Pok, we are developing innovative ways for kids to learn through play using technology. We make open-ended, inventive kids apps inspired by the real world that empower kids to be creative and think outside the box, like our preschool app called Pok Pok Playroom. It's a place where kids get to be creative and experiment with all sorts of open-ended activities, which helps them learn and make discoveries about the world and themselves. It's just like playing with a real playroom of toys, only in a digital space!

Kris Jagasia: An EdTech Powering The Joys of Being Multilingual

Kris Jagasia: An EdTech Powering The Joys of Being Multilingual

Kris: Thanks for having me, Spiffy! In the US, students who don't speak English as their first language (English Language Learners, known as “ELLs”) make up one in every ten students. That's a lot! And it will only grow. Some people think it will be one in every four students by 2025. Those students don't always get the best support from schools. The pandemic has made it even more difficult. Great teachers are the best way to help English Language Learners, but there aren't enough great teachers for every student. We provide tools and content to help English as Second Language (“ESL”) teachers save time and work more efficiently. We help make it easier for more people to become great ESL teachers.