According to a study, the voice recognition market is forecast to exceed $21 billion by 2024. Tech giants like Microsoft, Apple, Google, and Amazon are dedicating a great deal of their resources (both time and money) in R&D for creating and improving voice-based solutions. Lately, SME’s have also begun to follow them and implement speech recognition in their products and services. One of the industries affected by this change is the e-learning industry.
In the near future, e-learning is going to revolve around modern technologies like AI and speech recognition. It can help children to read and speak better as deep learning algorithms will offer personalized learning experiences. Here is how speech recognition in educational institutions and even homeschooling is enhancing the quality of modern education.
Helping Students to Learn Languages
When students attempt to learn new languages, often they seek someone with whom they can speak with. ASR (automatic speech recognition) has allowed them to address this issue. Services such as Polly convert text into speech, allowing student to initiate conversations with apps. This app uses a TTS (text-to-speech) utility, which utilizes machine learning for synthesizing human-like speech. Popular speech app, Duolingo, employs the same utility to teach languages to its user base.
Next, you have to ensure that they students can speak correct words and phrases. Rosetta Stone is an app that allows users to improve their accent by practicing common phrases and read short stories in a loud voice. Moreover, it performs a comparison of this speech to a speech of a native speaker so you can get a real-time assessment of how much improvement do you need with your pronunciation. The app also allows you to compare your voice wavelengths with native speakers to become as accurate as possible. Furthermore, it keeps a track of your performance and informs you of your progress continuously.
Teach Children to Improve Reading Skills
Reading is an important skill but there are doubts in some quarters regarding the use of apps for children. These concerns state that apps may degrade this early development ability in kids. However, modern voice-enabled apps have all but quashed these doubts.
While there are many reading children apps, Rivet, stands out from the rest. It uses the exciting combination of AI and speech recognition to guide kids and nurture their reading skills. They can read out loud where the app analyzes their voice and help them to correct their pronunciation of different words. With options like “Follow Along”, children can tap on words to generate its pronunciation and even use the app to determine ranking of their reading prowess.