Help your kids improve their reading skills with Google Read Along App
With more cases of coronavirus going up in the country, schools will no doubt remain closed until government ascertains when it’s safe for children to return back to school.
While that time is not yet known, parents are advised to find ways to keep their children busy especially with learning and reading.
iWanSabi, as an educational portal has been helping in that area by publishing free online resources for parents and their children.
Today, we will be sharing with you a FREE app by Google that can help your children grow their reading skills. Thanks to Google!
The app is called “Read Along” by Google mobile app.
It is an interactive Android app for children 5+ years old that helps strengthen their reading skills in the same way reading with a teacher or parent can. It simply helps kids learn to read by giving verbal and visual feedback as they read stories out loud.
Read Along app was first launched in India (where it is available as “Bolo”) but after receiving encouraging feedback from parents, Google decided to upgrade and rebrand it for more young learners around the globe. It is now available in over 180 countries and in nine languages including English, Spanish, Portuguese and Hindi.
How Read Along App Works
There is a built-in reading assistant named Diya, who gives feedback when children work through various reading prompts and games in the application. When children read aloud, Diya helps them with difficult words, passages, pronunciations, and meanings while encouraging them to go on and not to quit.
Through mini-word puzzles and games, Diya helps children with the approach of positive reinforcement in the form of in-app prizes as their skills improve.
Read Along keeps kids minds engaged with a collection of diverse and interesting stories from around the world, and games sprinkled into those stories. Kids can collect stars and badges as they learn, which motivates them to keep playing and reading.
Is Google Read Along child-friendly?
When it comes to Google products, especially for kids, Google makes sure they are very child friendly. So yes, the app is child-friendly. The voice data is analyzed in real-time only, and it is not sent on Google’s servers. Google also claims that this app does not use voice samples from kids to make it appear better.
Also there are no in-app ads or purchases, so there is no need for parents to worry about these issues also.
Do I need to worry about data connectivity?
The whole idea is to reach out to as many children as possible and so Google made the app fully functional without Wi-Fi or data connectivity, so it is easy for kids to use it in all circumstances, whether they have access to the internet or not.
The app already has a catalog of 500 stories, and it is continuously going to expand with new stories and books.
If you feel the 500 is not enough for your children, you can download additional stories free of cost by directly connecting to the internet.
Is Google Read Along FREE?
It is freely available on Google Play for children aged 5 and above
Parents can create profiles for multiple readers, who tap on their photo to learn at their own pace and to track their individual progress. Read Along will personalize the experience by recommending the right difficulty level of stories and games based on their reading level performance.
How to Download Read Along App By Google ( Bolo App)
You can download Read Along mobile app for free on Android devices from the play store.