Microsoft Expands AI Tools for Education with Improved Reading Coach
Microsoft has been making significant updates to its AI offerings in the new year. In addition to unveiling Copilot Pro and rebranding its AI image generator, the company is now expanding its AI tools for education. On Thursday, Microsoft introduced an improved Reading Coach that leverages generative AI to provide students with personalized and engaging reading experiences.
Previously, students could only select from prewritten stories. However, with the new update, students can now use generative AI to create their own stories. They start by choosing a protagonist, genre, setting, and reading level, and the AI generates a unique story for them to read. The microphone feature provides feedback on pronunciation and words to practice. Additionally, students are prompted to choose different narrative paths to alter the story’s progression.
To ensure the platform remains student-friendly, Microsoft has implemented guardrails to moderate the generated stories for quality, safety, and age appropriateness. This is necessary because generative AI is prone to hallucinations.
Reading Coach also gamifies the reading experience, allowing users to unlock new story settings, characters, and badges. Students can track their progress and see their accumulated badges on an achievement page.
If you’re interested in trying this AI-powered learning tool, you can preview Reading Coach for free at coach.microsoft.com. I personally tried it and found it both fun and interesting.
In addition to the Reading Coach update, Microsoft has introduced new features to Microsoft Teams for Education and Microsoft Reflect. These features aim to help educators better serve their students’ needs by using AI to create assignments with rubrics, key content, learning objectives, and more.
Microsoft continues to expand its AI tools for education, enabling students and educators to harness the power of AI for enhanced learning experiences.