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Google has launched a new Bolo App in India which aims to improve the Hindi and English reading skills of the primary grade children.
Launched in Beta on Wednesday, the Bolo App would work as a personalised reading tutor.
The Bolo app will be a free app that relies on Google’s speech recognition and text-to-speech technology.
Google has also partnered with the website Storyweaver for content, which includes 50 stories in Hindi and 40 in English.
The company has said that the app would get more content soon.
Google further stated that the Bolo app is meant for just 10-15 minutes of daily use.
With Bolo, 64% of children showed an improvement in reading proficiency in just three months, the company added.
Currently, the Bolo app is available in only Hindi and English.
According to Google, the app would be expanded to more languages later.
The app also includes an Assistant called Diya which encourages children with their reading, understanding skills.
The Assistant Diya can speak in Hindi and English and will encourage the children when they are trying to read in English or Hindi.
If the word has been read correctly, Diya would say Shabash or very good.
The app does not require any user’s information like name, age, gender or a gmail account.
It would not collect any data and would be available without any advertisement.
Additionally, the app can be used by multiple students and can also track their progress separately.
With the improvement of the child’s skills, the Bolo app automatically adjusts the difficulties of the stories.
Four non-profit partners including Pratham Education Foundation, Room to Read, Saajha and Kaivalya Education Foundation – a Piramal Initiative have partnered the project with the Google.
Google has been piloting Bolo with over 900 children in 200 villages in Uttar Pradesh with the help of ASER Centre, a research and assessment unit of Pratham Education Foundation.