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Paper Acquires Readlee To Boost Literacy Features With Artificial Intelligence

Educational support platform and tutoring provider Paper has acquired Readlee, whose software uses artificial intelligence and speech-recognition technology to help students improve their reading skills, according to a recent announcement by Paper. 

Readlee, founded by two educators in collaboration with Harvard researchers, said current users will continue to have access through the current school year, in a letter announcing the acquisition. Readlee, which has offered educators an “always free” plan and a premium plan with more features, said more information about changes to pricing and plans will be announced in the near future. 

Readlee will become Paper Reading, will be fully integrated into Paper’s so-called “educational support system” platform, where it will be available to over 3 million students across the United States, according to Paper’s news release. 

Readlee “listens to students as they read aloud and provides immediate feedback, individualized support, and measurable success” using the latest in AI, speech recognition, and learning research, particularly capitalizing on scientific research showing that reading aloud improves memory, vocabulary, and confidence.

Statistics show that students who engage in reading-aloud exercises 20 minutes a day are likely to score better than 90% of their peers on standardized tests. Paper Reading will allow students to practice reading aloud from any content in any subject, the company said.

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Kristal Kuykendall is editor, 1105 Media Education Group. She can be reached at [email protected].