Designed for primary grade children, Bolo Android app helps to improve both English and Hindi reading skills of kids by encouraging them to read aloud. The app, which relies on Google's speech recognition and text-to-speech technology, comes with a large number of engaging stories to help improve their comprehension skills. It seeks to help children read with the aid of a virtual tutor. They have launched this app keeping in mind, about rural students, how difficulties they face in Reading different sentences, stories, phrases and all.
As per the ASER 2018 report, of all the students enrolled in grade 5 in rural India, only about half can confidently read a grade 2 level textbook. Through its pilot program with almost 1,000 children, Google said it observed 64 percent of children having shown improvement in their reading skills after using Bolo.
"Over the next 6 months we will be working closely with four of our nonprofit partners - Pratham Education Foundation, Room to Read, Saajha and Kaivalya Education Foundation - a Piramal Initiative - who have extensive experience of working in this space and will be able to take Bolo to more children, and further expand our efforts across India", says Nitin Kashyap, Product Manager & Zohair Hyder, Engineering lead for Bolo, Google India.
Search engine giant Google has always been introducing Android apps to help consumers make use of available technology to get their work done without any hassle. The app also gives instant feedback. Diya can talk in Hindi and English and will motivate the youngster when they are attempting to speak in English or Hindi. Bolo already has 50 stories in Hindi and 40 in English, and a bunch of word games to boot; the company said it's working to add more content and support more Indic languages in the app soon. In addition, it also allows the children to use the app even in offline mode, to continue learning even without the internet.
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On privacy, Google says the app does not require any information to be entered by the user.
Improve at their own pace: Multiple children can use the same app, and track their progress separately.
Bolo application can be downloaded from Google Play and works with all Android telephones running KitKat or above. The result showed that 64% of children showed an improvement in reading proficiency in 3 months' time. More details on Google's data collection from the Bolo app can be found on the company website.