Google Bolo Speech-Based Reading-Tutor App Launched in India
Google is dominating the Indian smartphone, search, and online video market and now hoping to help the children with their reading skills. In order to implement the same, On Wednesday, Google launches Bolo App a speech-based reading-tutor app. It is currently available for download via Google Play for free. The app can even work offline.
The government-back school system is often the only available avenue for getting an education in rural areas. Or even for those who belong from financially struggling families. The Bolo App is one such initiative to help these children and their families too. Smartphones are anyways becoming a common sight even in rural areas.
“We believe technology has the power to help transform teaching and learning, and have been actively directing our products, programs, and philanthropy to ensure that all students are able to benefit from it,” Google said in a statement.
A few years back, My maid (widow) used to bring her daughter (named Kavita) at home just because she was unable to send her school. Unlike other children, instead of playing with toys or some random stuff she used to glance at my bookshelf. That time I really felt bad so I gifted her some books and teach her how to read and write. To be very frank, I couldn’t focus as my teachers and parents had on me. But the point is her mother was still having a smartphone, however, not that costly. Now, children like Kavita will learn to read with the new ‘Bolo App’.
Jumping back to Google’s bolo App, It comes with an in-app “reading buddy” called Diya. Diya will encourage its users while learning to read. It works on all smartphones running Android 4.4 KitKat and higher. Users need to have about 50MB of storage space on their devices.
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“With the help of ASER Centre, we have been piloting Bolo across 200 villages in Uttar Pradesh, India, over the past few months,” Google wrote in a blog post. “Early results are very encouraging, and we found that 64 percent of children showed an improvement in reading proficiency in just 3 months.”
After signing in to an active Google account, users will get 50 stories in Hindi and 40 stories in English. However, Google has further plans to add more stories in the future. Alongside, Bolo App also uses word games and in-app rewards to motivate the user to learn more.