During the pandemic, Microsoft proactively worked to ensure that student education is not affected and that learning opportunities are maximized. This ranged from providing vouchers for certification exams to optimizing Microsoft Teams as the go-to platform for all respective educational purposes.
Microsoft has taken another step to make online education more immersive by introducing “Reading Progress,” which is designed for students to improve their reading skills. Through Reading Progress, teachers can assess their students’ fluency in reading while reading, and even determine accuracy rates, wrong pronunciations, and more.
While this feature is more convenient for elementary schools, it helps teachers determine and measure factors such as speed, accuracy, and expression of reading. Regarding this position, Mike Tholfsen, a product manager for Microsoft Education, stated the following in a recent interview with The Verge:
“With the pandemic, when you think about fluent reading, it becomes very difficult … because you can’t be next to students. You may be able to set up Teams calls or Zoom calls, but the vast majority of teachers don’t. “
It is quite clear that primary education has been adversely affected in Pakistan, as the online environment is not equal to the usual physical environment. Microsoft is currently testing the alpha version with more than 350 teachers and will soon be rolled out for free. This feature is made possible by Azure on the back, allowing a teacher to adjust sensitivity to measure students with speech disorders.