By employing Google’s speech recognition technology to provide youngsters who are reading aloud with vocal and visual feedback, Read Along hopes to promote child literacy. Google’s Read Along, which was first an Android app, is now available online to increase accessibility.
Before expanding debuted a year later, Read Along was initially made available for India in 2019. It is geared for children aged 5 and up and is available in more than 180 countries in nine languages, including English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Hindi. Over the last three years, more than 30 million children, according to Google, have read 120 million stories.
Google’s text-to-speech and speech recognition technology can tell whether a learner is having trouble or is reading the chapter accurately. A reading helper named Diya gives kids constructive and uplifting feedback. Regarding privacy, the may operate alone (after stories are downloaded), and no voice processing is done on a computer or network other than the device itself.
With a focus on laptops and PCs, Google is now bringing Read Along to the web in public testing. Today, Chrome, Firefox, and Edge are supported by the browser’s speech recognition feature, and Safari will follow soon. It’s not necessary to sign in to use several accounts.
Google is pitching readalong.google.com as a brand-new opportunity for educators everywhere to use Read Along as a practice tool for kids in classrooms. The business advises using personal Google Accounts with Family Link at home and Google Workspace for Education accounts in educational institutions.
Numerous illustrated stories have already been published and are divided into numerous reading levels according to their content.
Along with the introduction of the website, we are also introducing some fresh stories. We collaborated with two renowned YouTube content producers, ChuChu TV and USP Studios, to transform some of their well-liked videos into picture books. Our collaboration with Kutuki is ongoing as we adapt their top-notch selection of alphabet and phonics books for young readers in English and Hindi, which will be released later this year.
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