Voice Assistants Don’t Work for Kids – TechCrunch

Ever wondered about the potential for voice technology in the classroom, or why systems like Siri or Alexa work so much better for adults than they do for kids? Today, TechCrunch published an article by our CEO & Founder Dr. Patricia Scanlon that illuminates these topics for you. While 40% of new internet users every […]

Expansion of our US EdTech Leadership

SoapBox Labs is delighted to announce that US edtech industry veteran, Jonathan Hume, will lead our business development activities in the US market. Jonathan has spent the last 15 years in business development roles, specializing for the last 10 in education technology, thanks to the influence of his mother, a long time teacher. “Jonathan is […]

Amplify Goes Live with SoapBox Fluency

BROOKLYN, New York—August 25, 2020—Amplify, a publisher of next-generation curriculum and assessment programs, today announced the release of a voice-enabled reading assessment for grades 1–6, created in collaboration with Dublin-based SoapBox Labs, which develops accuracy and privacy driven voice technology for children. Text Reading Online is the first literacy assessment of its kind to enable […]

About SoapBox Fluency

For a customer-facing view of how SoapBox Fluency powers reading assessments for kids, check out Amplify’s Text Reading Online tool, launched today. For an under-the-hood view of how SoapBox Fluency works, and why it’s a game changer for educators, this 3 minute demo by our Director of Speech Technology, Dr. Amelia Kelly, explains all: Dr. […]

Bias in Education

Fantastic article by our friend and collaborator Yaacov Petscher and his esteemed colleague Nicole Patton Terry, on the dangers of bias in education and the potential for AI to address it. “As AI-enabled technologies like speech recognition systems become more and more prevalent in everyday life, biases like these are not just annoying — they’re […]

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. 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. The newsletter talks about how voice technology comes into its own at times like these. Why? Because it offers kids an […]

The Future of Education Technology is Interactive

We’ve all been learning a lot about what doesn’t work in distance learning for kids recently. 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 experiences” as CEO of edtech […]

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 […]

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