New App to Offer Live Text Webcasts of Classes and Lectures
New app Everytale can convert a teacher's speech into text in real time and store it in a cloud. Users can later access these “notes” online and go through the study material.
A resident company of the Technopolis Moscow special economic zones has designed a new app for students. The app helps organize live text webcasts of classes and lectures. It can also automatically convert a teacher's speech into text and display it on the screen of a PC or smartphone. Titled Everytale, the app is designed for students with hearing and vision disabilities, but can also be used by those who for whatever reason cannot physically attend a class (for example, due to an illness). This is the first app of its kind made in Russia.
Everytale converts speach into text with less than a second lag. All classes recorded in such a fashion are stored in a cloud environment of the respective school or university, so that users can always find and study the needed material. During such classes, students can ask their teacher questions via a chat window.
The text of a recorded class can be translated into any language. This function is particularly useful when classes are presented in languages other than Russian or when a Russian-language class is attended by international students. Everytale has a bilingual Russian-English interface.
“It is often difficult for students to catch up with their classmates if they missed classes. In addition, teachers often provide additional information – something that can not be found in the textbook. The mobile application will help students learn everything that was discussed during the class: all what was said is on the smartphone screen. Moreover, notes from the class will now also be stored electronically,” said Valeriy Makovetsky, commercial director of the mobile application developer.
How to Use Everytale
Setting up an account at Everytale implies choosing from two options – an administrator account (for an employee of an educational institution) or a user account (for a student). The administrator sets up a page for his or her school or university. He or she needs to specify the number of groups to use the system and also provide information on respective departments and instructors. After that, each instructor should create a personal account in the system in order to be able to record his or her classes and upload supplementary learning materials.
Students wishing to use the system must provide their full name, phone and email address, and select their educational institution on the map of Moscow. After that, they will be able to see a list of all classes currently webcasted. To view previously held classes and lectures, users will need to receive an access code from their instructors.
The app is being tested at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration. The trials will run through May. Upon their completion, other educational institutions will be able to register at Everytale. Its beta version is already available at Google Play and will also be published soon at the App Store.
Technology in Education
Two years ago, the city launched the Moscow E-School project, which provides teachers, students and their parents with a wide range of educational services. The project includes Homework Diary and Record Book and E-Library. The latter contains interactive content for teachers and students. Teachers can use ready scenarios to prepare for classes and upload their own content to share with colleagues.
To date, the library hosts more than 34,000 class scenarios, 45,000 interactive apps, and more than 1,000 textbooks and manuals.
7 march 2019