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June 16, 2010

Speech recognition, mobile apps help build reading skills


More schools in the U.S. are using new technologies to boost reading skills. Some schools, for example, are using tools such as speech recognition technology to give students a personal reading coach inside the classroom. Others are taking advantage of mobile technology to help students build the skills they need for reading fluency in their spare time, wherever they might be, by downloading audio books or applications to their mobile phones or mp3 players. There is new research to suggest that this approach can be successful: A PBS study found that mobile applications can help increase students’ vocabulary.

eSchool News reports: 'Students’ scores on a national (American) reading assessment have remained relatively flat for nearly 40 years, with students ages 9-17 scoring an average of 255 points on a scale of 0 to 500. As educators work hard to bring that average up, many are excited about the potential for new technologies to help..'

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