By Marwa Mahmoud
Many families in our Arab world are looking for ways to improve their children’s language skills, especially through smart applications that represent the new school in modern education.
In an effort to enhance children’s language skills, Google announced the launch of the Arabic version of the “Read Along” application, which provides an enjoyable interactive experience for children.
On this topic, the head of Read Along application engineering, Zuhair Haider, said that their main task is to organize information, facilitate access to it and get benefit , and this includes helping to provide education for all, regardless of language or location.
“We believe that technology can help teachers and students learn and innovate together,” Haidar said.
He added: “Google provides a set of free tools designed specifically for schools, called“ G Suite for Education ”, which includes many products familiar to many people, such as Gmail, Drive, Meet, Classroom, and others.
Millions of students and teachers used these products at the beginning of the year, especially after the spread of the Coronavirus.
Haidar pointed out that the team is “very excited” to provide Arabic language support on the free Android application, Read Along, especially after discovering that Arabic was one of the most requested languages.
Since the launch of Read Along, children around the world have read more than 32 million stories, representing a total of more than 3 million hours on the app.
Haidar spoke about the company’s educational work on YouTube: “We also created a reference channel on YouTube, designed to help students learn high-quality content in Arabic, for different subjects and classes.
The channel offers a wide range of educational content from many, such as mathematics for seventh grade, and chemistry for twelfth grade, in addition to advice to students on distance learning.
Haidar indicated that the Read Along app is currently available in ten languages, including Arabic, English, Spanish, Hindi and Urdu, and we hope to continue providing support for more languages to help more children improve their reading and writing skills.
The head of application engineering said: “As for the Google search engine, we work with many entities and people within the web system in order to organize their content and provide it through a useful and easy experience for users on the main search results page.
You can see these efforts through questions related to the Coronavirus, Movie lists, and even football inquiries, for example.
He added: “We have also worked with the World Health Organization, the cinema website, and even the Yallakora website, to organize their content so that users can easily access information in Arabic. As for YouTube, we are working closely with prominent and emerging Arabic content makers to help them continue to provide great Arabic content.