Google India in its blog post mentioned that the new Bolo app will assist children as a personalised reading tutor and provide feedback to them. In the survey, Google found 64 per cent of children showing an improvement in reading proficiency within three months.
The freemium Bolo app that uses Google's speech recognition and text-to-speech technology has been designed for primary grade students. It encourages aids, explains and corrects the child, as they read aloud - anytime, anywhere.
Another interesting thing about the app is that it works even when offline, so children can just focus on reading and to make sure there is no distraction, Google has made this Bolo app completely ads free.
Google launches Bolo app to help children read, available on Play Store
"Nothing is ever sent to Google through the app - not even the voice samples", Nitin Kashyap, Product Manager, Google India, told IANS, adding that the app is meant for just 10-15 minutes of daily use.
According to ASER 2018 report which conducted a survey on 596 districts in rural India, of all students enrolled in fifth grade in rural India, only about half of them could confidently read a second grade textbook. The app works with phones running on Android 4.4 (Kit Kat) and higher. Diya not only explains the meaning of the word but also helps in the pronunciation of each letter for the children in the sentence or a word.
Bolo, an online reading tutor, was made available to Indian users of Google's Android operating system this week after months of testing, the company said.
It can allow the children to choose their reading material out of a wide variety of content available in both Hindi and English, with more content to be added soon.
Google is working with several non-profit partners who have extensive experience of working in this space to take Bolo to more children across the country. Many children, especially those in rural India don't have this support. It further said that the app keeps children's safety and security in mind as all personal information always stays with the device.
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