Google is been behind creation of many app for its users and many of them are focused on type of users. This time again Google came up with a new app called ‘Bolo’, a reading tutor app that will help Indian children with reading. This app is going to be big help for primary grade students who are learning to speak Hindi and English. This app’s tutor got itself a name, “Diya”.
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Google Launches Bolo App
Google said it would not collect any data on children through the app and it would not have any advertisement. “Nothing is ever sent to Google through the app – not even the voice samples,” Nitin Kashyap, Product Manager, Google India, told IANS, adding that the app is meant for just 10-15 minutes of daily use.
He added that because the app works offline, there is less chance that children would get distracted and they would start doing something else online. “But should children get access to the phone or not is one area where we would not like to take a position on. That is a personal decision that every parent should make for their child,” Mr Kashyap said.
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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. Lack of reading ability can significantly impact further education, and ultimately the children’s ability to realise their full potential.
“With Bolo, we aim to encourage and engage kids so their love for reading grows and it becomes a daily habit. We believe that technology can be a powerful enabler, and we want to ensure that students, parents, teachers and the education ecosystem, benefit from it,” Kashyap said.
All the reading material on the app is completely free and the initial catalogue from Storyweaver.org.in includes 50 stories in Hindi and 40 in English, Google said, adding that it plans to add more stories soon.
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