Google Bolo: A new application for children’s education ‘Google Bolo.’ Through using Google’s ‘Bolo’ app, more than one crore kids enrolled in around 1.13 lakh primary schools in Uttar Pradesh can now boost their pronunciation in both Hindi and English. The free app was launched in India in March 2019, using speech recognition and text-to-speech technology supported by Google. It features an animated character, ‘Diya,’ which enables children to read stories aloud and helps if the child is unable to pronounce a word.
State Institute of Educational Management and Training (SIEMAT) Director Sanjay Sinha said the app is built for children between the ages of six and 11. ‘Bolo helps develop their reading skills in both English and Hindi by enabling them to read aloud. The app also offers instant feedback,” he said. ‘Bolo’ is either a read-along app for Android-based smartphones or a speech-based, reading-tutor app.
It is free to download from Google’s Play Store. Sinha further said the app would also support teachers anywhere they question a Hindi or English word ‘s pronunciation. The Samgra Shiksha Abhiyan project officials have signed an agreement with Google for its introduction in government primary schools and parents of these children who have smartphones have also been trained by teachers to use the app at home to help kids.
According to Sunil Tiwari, a member of the State Resource Group (SRG), as part of the efforts to implement ‘Mission Prerna’ – the state government’s flagship program to improve the quality of education in schools running under the Basic Shiksha Department, SRG members, key resource persons (KRPs) and academic resource persons (ARPs) are providing online training to around 5.5 lakh primary school teachers The app can also function offline and does not need an active Internet connection, he said.