Tutorial on how Read Along App by Google works and how it can help children improve their reading skills.
What is Read Along App?
This is an app developed by Google which helps kids enhance their reading skills. It was first launched in India in March 2019 as Bolo and is now available in 180 countries.
Read Along App Summary Details
Below are summary details of Bolo;
- Target Audience: Children aged 5+ years
- Location Availability: 180 countries
- Language: Hindi, English, Spanish and Portuguese
- Privacy: No Ads or In-app and does not require sign in
- Size: 46.45 MB (Size varies with Device)
- Minimum Android Version: 4.4
How to Use Read Along App
To Use Read Along App;
- Step 1: Download and install the App from Google Play store: Bolo: Learn to read with Google
- Step 2: Select Language
- Step 3: Parent or Guardian should Consent the App to collect usage data
- Step 4: You are now ready to get started. No registration or sign-in required.
How Read Along App Works
The app uses speech recognition technology by Google to listen to what the user says and compares it to the displayed text and then outputs the result.
Some of the the different forms of learning in the app include;
- Pronunciation of words
Once you have downloaded the App you are required to tap the word that appears on the screen and read it loudly. If you read the word correctly you are awarded stars.
- Jumbled Words
You required to arrange jumbled letters to form a correct English word and earn stars and badges
- Speed Reading
Read as many words as you can in 20 seconds. The more words a kid can read the more points they earn.
- Pop the balloons game
Balloons that have letters will appear as they roll up your screen. Touch the balloon that has the correct letter.
- Long Stories
Open and read long stories. While kids are reading, they will earn stars for words pronounced correctly.
Whether you are playing a game or reading stories, you will earn stars for anything done correctly. Digital badges will be awarded for more stars earned. There is also a report card that displays a reading child’s progress.
Internet connection is not required to use the app. However, a parent can turn-on WiFi to load more stories once a child has completed reading available stories.