Sesame Workshop ( company behind hugely successful children's TV show Sesame Street) and IBM have teamed up to create revolutionary new app for kids to learn vocabulary. joint venture has created first vocabulary learning app powered by IBM's artificial intelligence software. The app discovers for itself child's current reading level and vocabulary range, and then uses its algorithms to challenge child with appropriate, new vocabulary to improve child's skills. It personalizes the learning experience for children. As child continues to use app, it will ensure he or she has learned and understood the new words before introducing additional, tailored vocabulary items.
IBM says it has just completed pilot program testing app. It collected 18,000 multiple-choice assessments given to kindergarteners over two-week period. The researchers said results were very promising. They said kids learned words like "arachnid," "amplify," "camouflage," and "applause," which are typically learned at much later age. The children could also use these words in context. Sesame Workshop CEO Jeffrey Dunn said: "We expect to develop next generation of tailored learning tools….Educational technology like platform we've created…is promising new channel for learning opportunities inside and outside classroom, and we're excited to explore it further."