To help children learn better at home, Google has announced early access for families to its Read Along application, which was launched for the first time in India under the name Bolo with an integrated reading companion named Diya. It is an Android application for children over 5 years old that helps them learn to read by giving verbal and visual comments when they read stories out loud.
Read Along uses Google’s voice recognition technology to help develop literacy skills. After receiving encouraging comments from parents in India, Google is now sharing this app with more young learners around the world.
“Simultaneous playback is now available in more than 180 countries and in nine languages, including English, Spanish, Portuguese and Hindi,” Google said in a statement Thursday.
Simultaneous reading helps children learn and develop their reading skills independently with the help of their friend Diya. As the children read aloud, Diya uses text-to-speech and voice recognition technology from Google to detect whether a student is having trouble or is successfully reading the passage.
It gives them positive and reinforcing feedback along the way, as a parent or teacher would do. Children can also press Diya at any time to get help with saying a word or phrase.
“Read Along allows young minds to participate in a collection of diverse and interesting stories from around the world, and games sprinkled with these stories. Children can collect stars and badges as they learn, which motivates them to keep playing and reading, “said Google.
Parents can create profiles for multiple readers, who tap their photo to learn at their own pace and track their individual progress. The Read Along app will personalize the experience by recommending the right level of difficulty for stories and games based on their reading level.
Google has stated that Read Along has no in-app ads or purchases. After the initial download of the app and stories, simultaneous playback works offline without Wi-Fi or data, which helps resolve problems with unsupervised access to the Internet. Parents can simply connect to Wi-Fi periodically to download additional stories.
“Simultaneous playback is also easy to start and does not require a connection. Even voice data is analyzed in real time on the device – so that it works offline – and is not sent to any Google server,” said the society. .
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