We are really excited to welcome you to this blog, our own little reading corner of the internet, where we look forward to exploring literacy, reading, and technology, and to share our news with you. We also hope to build meaningful two-way engagement with you, the parents and educators of our budding young readers.
So first thing’s first, let’s tell you a bit about who we are at Fonetti, The Listening Bookshop.
So who’s behind The Listening Bookshop?
We are Auris Tech, creators of the ‘tech that listens’!
We are a small team based in London and Edinburgh who have made it our mission to find ways in which technology can help encourage children to read and support them in their journey.
Over the last three years we have been working alongside a wonderful team of experts at the University of Edinburgh, developing a very special first-of-its-kind voice recognition engine that understands children reading aloud, at every step of their development.
It truly has the ability to ‘listen’.
We have built and tested our tech with children in schools across the UK and Ireland, and are really proud that our engine is currently achieving an impressive 91% accuracy rating (that’s very high!)
That’s cool…but how will this help or support your child with their reading?
Well, that’s where our Bookshop comes in! We have been using our engine to create a reading app called Fonetti, The Listening Bookshop. Our extensive collection showcases a brilliant range of books familiar to children of all ages, with titles from the Oxford Reading Tree. Little readers from reception class upwards can browse and choose the books they wish to read.
Once a child chooses a story and opens a book…that’s when the magic begins. The book will listen as they read aloud, reacting in real-time by highlighting each word as read correctly. Children see this and feel connected, and are eager to keep reading! Any words missed or not read correctly will remain grey. But there is no active correcting; we focus on positive reinforcement only.
Plus, readers can tap on a word they are struggling with to hear how it should sound. This way your child can recognise their own progress independently, and is incentivized to read a book again and again, until all words are green. Badges and stars are given at the end of each book and both the child and parent can see how well they are getting on.
Brilliant, right? Now, what are we hoping to achieve?
We understand that learning to read is a massive challenge for any child, and fundamentally requires involvement of an adult. We know that there is nothing that can replace the role of a parent, teacher or friend in the support of reading, but we do know that we want to help. We actually want to make your support more valuable, by solving some of the challenges we know you face as a parent or teacher. Every. Single. Day.
Every day you’re juggling something new, be it a new project at work, a flat tyre on the school run, or an unexpected request for a robo-fairy party costume… with such busy lives, the hours tick by and sometimes getting that one-to-one reading time with your little one just won’t fit into the day.
That’s where we feel Fonetti can come in.
Fonetti allows a seamless, anytime reading journey, so that your child can get on with story time while you sort out their dinner. And when you do sit down to read, you’ll know just where to pick up and how they’ve progressed in the meantime. It’s just another helping hand, or listening ear if you like!
We hope that you will enjoy following our journey and learning more about us as we get ready to launch our app to the world very, very soon!
Get in touch!
Thanks for stopping by! If you would like to find out any more information about The Listening Bookshop, or even who we are as a team, then please do get in touch.
We are always happy to speak with you guys, and look forward to hearing from you.