Google launches new website for kids learning to read

Google has launched a browser model of its “Learn Alongside” Android app. The web site, whereas nonetheless in beta, is up and operating now.

The positioning contains tons of of illustrated tales at a number of completely different studying ranges. As soon as children choose a narrative, they begin studying into their machine’s microphone. Phrases are highlighted in blue after they’ve learn them, and mispronounced phrases are underlined in pink; click on an underlined phrase, and a digital assistant, Diya, will pronounce it for you.

A screenshot of a story in Read Along. The text reads: Three buffaloes and four birds are going to drink water.
There could also be math concerned in a few of these tales, simply as a warning.

Supported browsers embrace Chrome, Firefox, and Edge, whereas others (together with Safari) are coming quickly, Google says. Tales can be found in English, Hindi, Gujarati, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Spanish, and Portuguese.

A screenshot of Read Along showing a row of Animals stories and a row of Families stories.
Tales are grouped by matter and degree.

Google has additionally added new tales to Learn Alongside’s assortment, which will probably be accessible later this yr in each the online and Android variations. These embrace variations of content material from kids’s video creators USP Studios and ChuChu TV, in addition to alphabet and phonics books from training firm Kutuki.

Learn Alongside’s Android app has been utilized by greater than 30 million children since its launch in 2019. Not solely will the transfer to desktop give children extra machine choices, however it’s going to additionally enable many to learn on bigger screens. That is one thing academics have famous as essential to younger learners, particularly these with visible impairments.