Ogoki Learning Inc.
Ogoki Learning Inc. was founded on the principles of revitalizing and preserving the world’s ancestral languages using modern technology that is user and classroom-friendly. Ogoki is an Indigenous-owned full-service language app development company that helps its clients maintain their own apps and develop new ones. Years ago, entrepreneur Darrick Baxter realized his daughter wasn’t learning their language (Ojibwe) despite his best efforts, and certainly not from the educational materials he had purchased (books, CDs, etc.). Being an experienced technologist, he wrote the code for a new language application. He never planned to release the app; however, a single event in his home changed everything. After hearing his daughter speak Ojibwe to her grandmother by using the app, Baxter knew he had to make the application available to everyone. He released it on the App Store and distributed it for free—so that others could experience a similar magical moment.
After seeing the positive results within his own family, he knew he needed to do more—to help revitalize the 6,000-plus languages that are at risk of disappearing over the next century. So he did something crazy—he released the app source code online, allowing every single tribe to download, distribute and use it. This is how Ogoki Learning Inc. began.
STRENGTHENING GLOBAL LANGUAGES
The initial goal of the first language app was to provide teachers with a tool to assist them in teaching the Ojibwe language in the classroom. After releasing the source code (almost 10 years ago now) and gaining considerable media attention from around the globe, Ogoki Learning Inc. began its language revitalization efforts, helping tribes all over the world.
With an upsurge of phone calls and increased global interest, Ogoki Learning Inc. has gone on to create more than 280 language apps and interactive learning tools across Turtle Island. In 2015, with Ogoki’s global efforts established, Baxter was invited to present a TEDx Talk in his hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
“Accomplishing something of great magnitude is by no means a one-person job,” Baxter told the audience. “We all have a responsibility to save these tribal languages.”
To put it into perspective, Baxter described what it is like to get a phone call from a tribe that has only two or three living speakers left. “It’s very humbling,” he said. “Their languages could be gone tomorrow. Their Elders could be gone tomorrow, taking with them thousands of words, thousands of phrases and hundreds of years of oral history.”
As his words sunk in, he further urged his audience, “By downloading a language app, we can all help strengthen global languages today.”
Description of Apps and Services
5 Day Training Workshop
Ogoki Learning Inc. presents an excellent opportunity in the latest in app development technology. As our youth progresses in the workplace this is another avenue they can learn in digital technology.
In this training workshop our team will teach your staff or students on how to create a Native Language mobile app in Apple and Android formats in all tablets and smartphones. Learn to add your recorded audio and update buttons and flashcards. iPhone and Android updates: Update your app by uploading it to iTunes. Updating your Android App in 12 hours. How to submit your Android App to the Google Play store.
Native Language Apps
Ogoki Learning Inc. does it all, from software development to training, editing to everything in between. If you’re up to speed on all things technology (and even if you’re not), you’ll be thrilled to know that Ogoki offers six innovative language apps: Single Device Language App; Universal Language App (their most popular to-date); Suite of 3 Language Apps (This Suite of 3 Apps includes our popular Universal Language App, our Storybook App and a Learning Game App with matching and challenging object find games); Keyboard and Font Package; Expand your digital learning tools with the Full Immersion Language App (ideal for Tribal schools, colleges, universities, and community center language classes); Web-Based Desktop App; and the Virtual Reality Language App, which takes students into historical sites and traditional territories, learning skills like hunting and fishing in 360° virtual reality.
Keyboard and Font Package
Teachers and students should have access to read and write in their language. A custom keyboard and font package can be installed on both Windows and Mac computers with special fonts created for your specific language group and dialect.
Language Learning Game: 4 Stages of language learning from match games, memory games, quizzes and challenging word games. We create the scenes, animals, objects using cartoon style pictures and characters. Designed for the iPhone and iPad devices. Matching Game: The easiest way to learn the language is to learn by playing games. Children will love your new language learning match card game of animals for iPhone/iPad. 6 levels up to 26 animals.
Language Storybook App: Read to Me Storybook highlights the words as they are read aloud. The Storybook can contain animations, drag and drop games, puzzles and flash cards. A great tool for young children as they learn the language.
Full Immersion Language Apps: K – 12 language learners can now experience learning in their language with the Full Immersion App. Full of games, quizzes, flash cards and stories, this immersion app covers basic words to situational stories. Young learners can enjoy puzzles and games, older learners can use categories of words and phrases. K – 12 levels with games, quizzes, flash cards and stories. This full immersion app covers words and conversations for learners to enjoy. iOS or Android Devices. 13 Levels with quiz, test and practice scenes – Various levels of search games – No English Version Available.
Headstart Game and Language Development App: includes our Children’s Language Learning App: This App is our standard language app for one of the Apple, Android, Windows or web platforms. The App can also be expanded to include maps, flash cards, and sideshow stories.We create the scenes, animals, objects using cartoon style pictures and characters. Designed for iOS or Android devices.
Our Storybook App: Read to Me Storybook highlights the words as they are read aloud. The Storybook app can contain animations, drag and drop games, puzzles and flash cards. A great tool for young children as they learn the language.
And a Learning Game App: The easiest way to learn the language is to learn by playing games. Children will love your new language learning match game for iPhone and Android. Expand your digital learning tools with the Headstart Game and Language Development Apps project.