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An Edtech User's Glossary to Speech Recognition and AI in the Classroom - EdSurge News


In a recent white paper, former Scholastic president of education Margery Mayer dubbed 2021 the "year of speech recognition" in education. And she may be right: A spike in adoption by edtech developers in the first half of this year reflects the recognition that technology holds the potential to not only create more engaging learning experiences for students, but to transform the very practice of early literacy instruction altogether. In prior years, such a vision may have seemed far fetched. But as EdSurge has previously noted, the science behind speech recognition for children has begun to come of age, enabling educational applications that have piqued the interest of edtech developers, educators and researchers alike. Part of what has enabled the growing use of speech recognition in education is the availability today of technology built specifically to cater to kids' voices and behaviors.

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.

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.

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.

Enable read-aloud for your application with Azure neural TTS


Voice is becoming increasingly popular in providing useful and engaging experiences for customers and employees. The Text-to-Speech (TTS) capability of Speech on Azure Cognitive Services allows you to quickly create intelligent read-aloud experience for your scenarios. In this blog, we'll walk through an exercise which you can complete in under two hours, to get started using Azure neural TTS voices and enable your apps to read content aloud. We'll provide high level guidance and sample code to get you started, and we encourage you to play around with the code and get creative with your solution! Read-aloud is a modern way to help people to read and consume content like emails and word documents more easily.