INTERSPEECH 2020

Great News! We’ve just been accepted for INTERSPEECH 2020! SoapBox Labs is delighted to confirm that both of our submissions for presentation at the prestigious INTERSPEECH 2020 conference in Shanghai have been accepted! The following submissions will be presented as papers and video demonstrations at the conference: “Fluency Assessment Platform for Child Speech”“SoapBox Labs Verification […]

MIT Media Lab Reviews SoapBox Labs Technology

SoapBox Labs prides itself on accuracy. Without accuracy, voice technology for kids quickly becomes redundant because kids just won’t trust, or use it. The accuracy of SoapBox Labs’ voice technology for kids is now recognized by edtech and entertainment companies globally, and by key academics in the field including the Florida Center for Reading Research, […]

Built for Kids. Just Magic for Parents.

It’s been a busy few months for the team here at SoapBox Labs. Our latest newsletter shares all of the details, from new products and team members, to a digest of recent media coverage. In the newsletter, we talk about how voice technology comes into its own at times like these. Why? Because it offers […]

The Future of Education Technology is Interactive

We’ve all learnt a lot recently about what works and doesn’t work in distance learning for kids, and for their parents. One of the big takeaways seems to be the importance of self paced learning. Another is how much more effective learning is for kids when it’s interactive. “Teachers want to engage kids with interactive […]

Equity in Voice Technology

Equitable voice technology is a non-negotiable, and yet, according to Stanford University’s FairSpeech project, all 5 of the leading speech recognition tools “misunderstood black speakers twice as often as white speakers”. At SoapBox Labs, we take equity very seriously. Our aim has always been to build voice tech for kids that caters to the diversity […]

Our Tech in Action

At the Voice Global conference today we’re showcasing how our technology works by demoing our verification, speech recognition and fluency solutions. Below our Director of Speech Technology, Dr. Amelia Kelly walks through our verification solution – for letter sounds/phonics, words, and sentences. Amelia shows us how our technology delivers immediate and accurate feedback and assessments […]

Join Us at Voice Global

SoapBox Labs is a proud sponsor of Voice Global’s 24 hour conference taking place this Wednesday, June 17th. Founder and CEO Patricia Scanlon is speaking at 11am ET on how “Voice technology can transform a child’s reading journey”, and our virtual exhibition space will be accessible throughout the day. When you visit our Voice Global […]

Change is needed. Learning to read can change a child’s life.

CEO Dr. Patricia Scanlon comments on an article in Forbes this week entitled “How ‘Reading Instruction’ Oppresses Black and Brown Children”. Writing in Forbes this week Natalie Wexler gave an ominous assessment of the huge inequalities in US schools wrt reading. ‘On national tests last year, only 18 percent of black 4th-graders scored proficient or […]

SXSW EDU – The Speech Tech Pioneers Panel

This SXSW EDU virtual panel discussion is a must-watch for innovators and educators in the education, edtech and voice tech industries. It brings together voice technology pioneers from across these industries to explore how voice tech can be used to revolutionize and expand access to literacy and language learning experiences for kids, while ensuring the […]

Helping EdTech Companies Prepare for the Fall

What will school look like when it returns in the Fall?In this article Emily Tate from EdSurge discusses the options.Classrooms will likely have to move back online, for periods of time at least, into the future and teachers will need “to pay close attention to the development of each child and ensure that appropriate grade-level […]

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