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Speech recognition works for kids, and it's about time – TechCrunch


Speech recognition technology is finally working for kids. That wasn't the case back in 1999, when my colleagues at Scholastic Education and I launched a reading intervention program called READ 180. We'd hoped to incorporate voice-enabled capabilities: Children would read to a computer program, which would provide real-time feedback on their fluency and literacy. Teachers, in turn, would receive information about their students' progress. Unfortunately, our idea was 20 years ahead of the technology, and we moved ahead with READ 180 without speech-recognition capabilities.

4 Innovative Ways AI Is Being Used In Education


Reading: Voice-enabled reading tools can help diagnose reading challenges, including dyslexia, at an earlier stage before a child even learns to read or recognize letters or letter sounds (phonics). Then, as a child starts down their reading journey, voice-enabled reading apps can listen, prompt, correct, and encourage a child as their reading progresses, just as a helpful adult would do. Immediate and accurate feedback from the voice-enabled reading app empowers a child to progress autonomously, practice regularly, and assess their own reading ability and areas for improvement. Voice-enabled reading assessments also provide educators and parents with immediate and granular insights into where a kid is struggling and help them to support the child with more personalized and individual approaches to achieving their reading goals. Language learning: Vice-enabled tools can listen while a child reads aloud and immediately return pronunciation scores and encouraging feedback--just as a supportive adult or tutor would.

How Artificial Intelligence Can Change Education – AI.Business


In the beginning of 2016 Jill Watson, an IBM-designed bot, has been helping graduate students at Georgia Institute of Technology solve problems with their design projects. Responding to questions over email and posted on forums, Jill had a casual, colloquial tone, and was able to offer nuanced and accurate responses within minutes. A robot has been teaching graduate students for 5 months and none of them realized. Here are just a few of artificial intelligence tools and technologies that will shape and define the educational experience of the future. Duolingo is the world's most popular platform to learn a language.

A Dataset for measuring reading levels in India at scale Machine Learning

One out of four children in India are leaving grade eight without basic reading skills. Measuring the reading levels in a vast country like India poses significant hurdles. Recent advances in machine learning opens up the possibility of automating this task. However, the datasets are primarily in English. To solve this assessment problem and advance deep learning research in regional Indian languages, we present the ASER dataset of children in the age group of 6-14. The dataset consists of 5,300 subjects generating 81,658 labeled audio clips in Hindi, Marathi and English. These labels represent expert opinions on the ability of the child to read at a specified level. Using this dataset, we built a simple ASR-based classifier. Early results indicate that we can achieve a prediction accuracy of 86 percent for the English language. Considering the ASER survey spans half a million subjects, this dataset can grow to those scales.

People With Speech Disabilities Are Being Left Out of the Voice-Assistant Revolution


When Whitney Bailey bought an Amazon Echo, she wanted to use the hands-free calling feature in case she fell and couldn't reach her phone. She hoped that it would offer her family some peace of mind and help make life a little easier. In some ways, she says, it does. But because she has cerebral palsy, her voice is strained when she talks, and she struggles to get Alexa to understand her. To make matters worse, having to repeat commands strains her voice even more.