Google is launching a new educational app ‘Read Along’ for children to use across the world. ‘Read Along’ app that aims to help elementary school students practice their reading skills and stay educationally engaged amid school closures due to coronavirus.
Read Along uses speech recognition technology to help develop literacy skills. After receiving encouraging feedback from parents in India, Google is now sharing this app with more young learners around the globe.
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It’s an Android app for children over five years old that helps them learn to read by giving verbal and visual feedback as they read stories out loud. Google says the app was built with children’s privacy in mind and can work without either Wi-Fi or data.
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The voice data is analyzed in real-time on the device and not synced, stored, or analyzed on it servers. The company also stresses that it’s not using a voice sample from the kids to make the product better.
“Read Along is now available in over 180 countries and nine languages, including English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Hindi,” said in a statement on Thursday.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has forced students to stay home from school, Tech giant has also extended free access to some advanced Google Meet features to Education customers. Donated 4,000 Chromebooks to rural students in California, and launched resource pages to help teachers and families educate students using it products.