Equity and Access podcast

In today’s globalized world, the ability to communicate across language barriers is more than a convenience—it’s a necessity, especially in the education sector. On our latest podcast episode, we had the pleasure of speaking with Jennifer Quigley and Jason Velasco from Translate Live, who shared insights into their groundbreaking Instant Language Assistant (ILA).

The ILA is a testament to innovation in educational technology, designed to ensure that every student and their family can communicate effectively with school staff, regardless of their native language. With over 209 languages supported, the ILA is making waves in over 3000 schools across the nation, proving to be an invaluable resource for fostering inclusivity and understanding.

During the conversation, Jennifer and Jason recounted compelling stories that illustrate just how transformative this device has been. We heard about schools that have placed QR codes on buses and at main entrances, enabling seamless communication between parents and school officials. Teachers are utilizing the ILA to converse with students in real-time, breaking down the barriers that once hindered full participation in the classroom.

But the impact of the ILA goes beyond just facilitating conversation. It’s about building bridges between different cultures and communities. It’s about giving every child the opportunity to thrive in an educational environment, regardless of the language they speak at home. It’s about equity in education.

The podcast episode is not just a discussion about a product; it’s a glimpse into the future of education—a future where language differences are no longer obstacles to learning, participation, and engagement. It’s a must-listen for educators, parents, and anyone interested in the intersection of technology and education.

As Peter Hayes, the founder of Translate Live, aptly put it, the ILA is like “the UN in your pocket.” It’s a powerful tool that promises to revolutionize the way we approach language diversity in schools.

The American Consortium for Equity in Education, publisher of the "Equity & Access" journal, celebrates and connects the educators, associations, community partners and industry leaders who are working to solve problems and create a more equitable environment for historically underserved pre K-12 students throughout the United States.

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