Amira, a leader in software that helps students learn to read, is a winner of Tech & Learning’s 2020 Award of Excellence. Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence spotlight stand-out products that are improving the way educators work and students learn.
For over 40 years, Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence have recognized exceptional Education Technology. The Awards of Excellence celebrate products released or re-released over the last year, and their contribution to educators across the country. Evaluation is done by experienced educators.
Tech & Learning is a go-to source to help educators navigate the unprecedented changes which have arisen due to the long-term school closures mandated during the coronavirus pandemic. The 2020 Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence reflect the need for solutions able to support remote, distance and hybrid learning.
Amira is the first intelligent reading assistant, able to listen to students read out loud, assess their mastery and provide 1:1 personalized tutoring. Amira brings the power of reading science and AI together to help every child become a motivated and masterful reader.
“Amira enables teachers to assess students at home and to keep them practicing at home,” said Mark Angel, CEO of Amira Learning. “Amira is the perfect online solution for ensuring that kids keep reading and keep growing even in these difficult times.”
Amira enables students to read appropriately challenging stories out loud, providing interactive tutoring as they stall, stumble and mispronounce. As the student reads, Amira uses AI to understand what’s tripping up the young reader, and then delivers micro-interventions that best build the gapped reading skills. Amira is the product of more than 20 years of research and development, utilizing innovation created at and licensed from Carnegie Mellon’s AI Lab and the University of Texas Health System. In peer-reviewed, independent research conducted by leading universities around the world, Amira has generated amazing growth in reading ability, equivalent to giving a student a certified human tutor.