Grant Awarded by Microsoft Allows ObjectiveEd to Further Develop Braille AI Tutor Platform
BOSTON - (BUSINESS WIRE) –ObjectiveEd has joined Microsoft Corp.'s AI for Accessibility program to help its efforts in maximizing educational outcomes for children with disabilities. As a component of ObjectiveEd's inclusion in the program, Microsoft has awarded Objective and to grant that will provide Objective with resources to accelerate its work on Braille AI Tutor, which uses AI-based speech recognition and improvement to their braille independently.
Marty Schultz, Co-founder and President of Objective Ed, said, "To learn and practice braille, but need specialized teacher, limited time available to spend with each student, braille education is challenging." Now with Braille AI Tutor, we are reinventing how braille skills are improved. We need to learn how to monitor a student's progress. This allows you to learn how to work with your web browser. We are grateful to Microsoft for sharing our vision and allowing our development efforts to the next level. "
With Braille AI Tutor, the teacher sets up this lesson, for each student. Based on that lesson plan, ObjectiveEd's web service sends a sentence to the game, running on the iPad. The game on the iPad sends that sentence to refreshable braille display, and the student speaks sentence as they read the braille. The iPad records what the student is speaking, which sends it to the Azure AI Speech Recognition service, and the results makes it back to the iPad.
The game gives the student feedback, such as winning points or completing a quest, and the game moves onto the next sentence. The teacher uses Objective's browser-based web dashboard to select skills, assign games and monitor the student's performance. ObjectiveEd's professional network app, that is part of the web dashboard. Braille AI Tutor will be available in both English and Spanish, and sold to Special Education departments in schools through the US.
"Schultz added," added Schultz. "According to the American Foundation for the Blind, Braille Literacy Has Been to Improve Educational Outcomes and Job Opportunities,"
AI for Accessibility is Microsoft's $ 25 million, five-year program designed to harness the power of AI to amplify human capabilities for more than one billion people around the world with disabilities. NGOs, academics, researchers and inventors to accelerate their work for people with disabilities, Focusing on three challenges: Employment, Daily Life and Communication and Connection. Through grants, technology and AI expertise, the program aims to accelerate the development of accessible and intelligent AI solutions and build on recent advancements in Microsoft Cognitive Services to help developers create intelligent apps that can see, hear, speak, understand and interpret people's needs.
Objective and is an organization providing students with educational games to achieve the best educational outcomes. Providing Core and Expanded Core Curriculum games for individuals with visual impairments, its games help students learn the skills. For more information, visit ObjectiveEd.com.
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