The internet is a great place to learn about all sorts of things, and browsers are generally the tools we used to get to where we want to go on the web. However it seems that Microsoft wants to take things a step further by launching a literacy tool called “Accent” that will work with its Edge browser.
This tool was launched in partnership with CHOICE Humanitarian where according to Microsoft, “Accent will help women in Chulac, Guatemala learn Spanish as the first step toward economic empowerment. The sequences are structured like a game to make learning more fun. The program is easy to use and customized for individual learning; the students will also have the oversight of a local woman fluent in Spanish to mentor the group as they progress in their learning.”
The tool is expected to eventually expand to other countries where CHOICE Humanitarian operates in, but for now it will be kicking off in Guatemala. Microsoft is also saying that the tool can be tweaked and customized when adding new courses and there will be no need for programming expertise, thus making it easier for educators and organizations such as CHOICE.
According to Divya Kumar, Microsoft Edge Product Marketing, “Working with CHOICE, we utilized the native support for touch and inking in Microsoft Edge to build an interactive curriculum for their literacy program and helped them deploy the platform for the first time to the women in underprivileged regions in Guatemala.”