Microsoft has made Reading Coach, its AI-powered tool that provides learners with personalized reading practice, available at no cost to anyone with a Microsoft account. Reading Coach builds on Reading Progress, a plug-in for the education-focused version of Microsoft Teams, Teams for Education, designed to help teachers foster reading fluency in their students.
Reading Coach has learners identify words they struggle with the most and presents them with tools to support independent, individualized practice. The tools can include text to speech, syllable breaking, and picture dictionaries. After learners practice in Reading Coach, educators can view their work, including which words students practiced, how many attempts they made, and which tools they used. Educators can share this information with students if they choose.
Reading Coach also has a Choose Your Own Story feature, powered by Microsoft’s Azure OpenAi Service, which lets learners tap AI to generate their own narrative adventures using their most challenging words. Reading Coach listens to learners read their stories, providing feedback on pronunciation, and awards badges that unlock new characters and scenes as they progress. Learners who opt not to create their own stories can choose from curated passages in ReadWorks, a library for reading comprehension.
Currently Reading Coach is accessible on the web in preview; a Windows app is forthcoming. In late spring, Reading Coach will integrate with learning management systems such as Canva.