With many students currently reception thanks to school closures, families round the globe are trying to find ways to assist children grow their reading skills. To support families, Google is sharing early access to Read Along by Google. It’s an Android app for youngsters 5+ years old that helps them learn to read by giving verbal and visual feedback as they read stories aloud.
Read Along uses Google’s speech recognition technology to assist develop literacy skills, and first launched in India (where it’s available as “Bolo”). After receiving encouraging feedback from parents, we’re excited to share this app with more young learners round the globe.
Read Along is now available in over 180 countries and in nine languages including English, Spanish, Portuguese and Hindi. Read Along will still improve as we receive feedback from families, expanding the choice of books and adding more features.
How Read Along works
Read Along helps kids independently learn and build their reading skills with the assistance of an in-app reading buddy named Diya. As kids read aloud , Diya uses Google’s text-to-speech and speech recognition technology to detect if a student is struggling or successfully reading the passage. She gives them positive and reinforcing feedback along the way, even as a parent or teacher would. Children also can tap Diya at any time for help pronouncing a word or a sentence.
Read Along keeps young minds engaged with a set of diverse and interesting stories from round the world, and games sprinkled into those stories. Kids can collect stars and badges as they learn, which motivates them to stay playing and reading.
Parents can create profiles for multiple readers, who tap on their photo to find out at their own pace and to trace their individual progress. Read Along will personalize the experience by recommending the proper difficulty level of stories and games supported their reading level performance.
Safety and connectivity
Read Along was built with childrens’ safety and privacy in mind, and has no ads or in-app purchases. And after the initial download of the app and stories, Read Along works offline without Wi-Fi or data helping with worries about unsupervised access to the web. Parents can simply hook up with Wi-Fi periodically to download additional stories.
Read Along is additionally easy to start out and doesn’t require check in . Even the voice data is analyzed in real time on the device so that it works offline and isn’t sent to any Google servers.
Families can download Read Along for his or her Android devices by visiting the Play Store.
Source : Google