What does Novel Effect stand for?
Technology is here to stay and we want it to enable teachers’ lives without distracting from learning. Novel Effect unobtrusively introduces technology and allows teachers (and families) to make the read-aloud experience more exciting—with technology enhancing that experience.
What are some of the challenges that the educators are facing today?
One of the main barriers to technology is cost. From a special educator’s standpoint, I have been in situations where students and educators were provided access to technology with very little or, in some cases, no training, making it difficult to correctly integrate it into their classrooms.
The Novel Effect app unobtrusively introduces technology and allows teachers and families to enjoy the real experience with the real audience with technology enhancing that experience
How does your solution work for an educator?
First, an educator downloads our app available on iOS devices. After downloading, they choose a title from our app library—they will need to have a printed or ebook copy of that title in their classroom. In the app, they select “Read Book”, and once the app notes it is “Listening” they start to read the print book aloud. The app will follow along with the educator’s voice adding music, sound effects and character voices along the way.
As I mentioned before, the app is very easy to use with a search feature and curated bookshelves that are seasonally appropriate. Further, we work with major publishers to ensure we have a good content mix and constantly grow our categories—we recently added poetry and are looking at early readers next.
Could you provide us with a case study where you have helped a client in attaining their desired outcomes?
We met poet Janet Wong, at an educator conference and she mentioned how she was a tireless advocate for inspiring the next generation of writers to write poetry. Janet speaks at several conferences and events annually helping teachers and librarians find ways to teach poetry in their curricula. She also created The Poetry Friday Anthology series to aid in that mission. We were inspired by her mission and worked together to create a new content category on the app that Janet curated. We now have over a dozen poems in the app and continue to add new ones regularly. Janet and the other poets included in the app help promote Novel Effect on social media and during their events. And we have found our audience is thrilled to have this new content available for the classroom.
What does the future hold for Novel Effect?
We are a company with many ideas and potential directions that we can go. In the immediate, we are finalizing an Android version of the app, which will launch soon. And we are also looking to open up the in-house studio tool that we use to create soundscapes to a select group of educators this year. Our hope is that we can enable students and educators to use the technology to add effects to their own stories, becoming a great tool for STEAM learning in the classroom that integrates really well into core curriculum.
Everywhere we go, we get requests for new ways to use our technology—from helping to teach other languages to family game night! We love hearing this feedback and are focused on developing partnerships that will expand Novel Effect into a ‘global storytelling experience brand.’
Only if there was a way to make storytime come alive with music, sound effects and more? This wish inspired Matthew Hammersley, became an idea and come to fruition as a venture. What can be the better milestone in Hammersley’s journey? His company— Novel Effect—has declared the grand launch of the application, Novel Effect: Read Aloud Books. To develop a realistic reading experience, this Google Play app is synchronized with the reader’s mind through inbuilt features like the voice of the storyteller, special audio effects, which are in accordance to the content characterized by the book. Along with the Android version of the application, its iOS form has also been launched by integrating the working ideas and software compatibility features of both the platforms. Read More