Tilde and Microsoft Collaborate Towards Inclusive Education With AI Speech-to-Text Technology

Language technologies
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Tilde, one of Europe’s leading innovators in language technology, in partnership with Microsoft, aims to advance inclusive education through automatic speech recognition solutions. In the Proof-of-Concept stage, with the support of various NGOs and schools, Tilde has paved the way for a more accessible and equitable educational experience for individuals with hearing impairments.

In recent years, the need for inclusive education solutions has become increasingly evident. According to the World Health Organization, approximately 5% of the world’s population – over 430 million people – live with disabling hearing loss. Among them are countless children who require accommodations in the classroom to ensure they have access to the same educational opportunities as their peers.

Inclusive education is not just a goal, it’s a fundamental right. By harnessing the power of technology, we are committed to creating an environment where no student is left behind. This speech-to-text solution is crucial for individuals with hearing impairments. But it’s also highly beneficial as an alternative learning channel, offering an extra modality for students who are “visual learners” or have problems focusing on spoken language.

Kaspars Kauliņš
Business development manager at Tilde

The solution developed by Tilde combines a wearable cordless microphone and speech recognition technology-based software solution. As a result, real-time captions of spoken content can be displayed on interactive boards, classroom monitors, PCs, or mobile devices.

The speech-to-text solution was developed and successfully tested as Proof-of-Concept, involving maths, literature and informatics teachers and their students from 2 Latvian schools. The project has already gained the interest and participation of several forward-thinking schools eager to test and implement this solution. By embracing this technology, educational institutions are committed to fostering a more inclusive and accessible learning environment.

The solution is aligned with the EU legislation related to accessibility for groups of people with special needs, thus it is also part of the RRF financing-related priorities of National governments. 

For more information and to book a demo, visit https://tilde.com/products-and-services/transcribe/asr-for-education