Google as we speak is launching a brand new app, Read Along, that goals to assist elementary faculty college students apply their studying expertise and keep educationally engaged amid faculty closures attributable to coronavirus. The new Android app is predicated on Google’s present utility, Bolo, which launched in India final yr with a catalog of read-along tales in each English and Hindi. The up to date and rebranded model is now globally accessible with assist for 9 languages.
Like Bolo, Read Along additionally leverages Google’s speech recognition and text-to-speech to assist children study to learn.
The app features a built-in studying assistant named Diya. As children learn aloud, Diya detects if the kid is combating a passage and might bounce in with constructive reinforcement or assist. At any time, the kid can ask Diya to assist them learn a sentence or pronounce a phrase they don’t know.
As youngsters progress within the app, they’re offered with mini phrase video games and earn in-app prizes as they enhance their expertise.
Google says the app was constructed with youngsters’t privateness in thoughts and is ready to work with out both Wi-Fi or knowledge. The voice knowledge is analyzed in real-time on the machine, and isn’t synced, saved or analyzed on Google’s servers. The firm additionally stresses that it’s not utilizing a voice pattern from the children to make the product higher.
The app doesn’t embrace promoting or in-app purchases, both. Parents can decide to connect with the web in the event that they wish to obtain further tales, however there isn’t a cost.
At launch, Read Along presents round 500 tales and the catalog is frequently expanded with new books.
Since its debut as Bolo in March 2019, Google says suggestions from dad and mom was encouraging, prompting it to deliver the app to new markets. While in India, “Bolo” is broadly understood to imply “converse,” Google rebranded the app to Read Along to resonate with dad and mom and kids all over the world. The app has additionally been up to date with an enhanced library, new video games and different person interface enhancements since launch.
The new Read Along app is now globally accessible, besides within the Philippines, Colombia and Denmark and presents tales in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.
The app is a free obtain on Google Play for youngsters ages 5 and up.