The Promise and Perils of Voice Tech in EdTech

Earlier this week, CEO and Founder Dr. Patricia Scanlon joined education innovation thought leader Michael B Horn for a conversation about voice tech in education. Patricia talked about SoapBox Labs’ mission in education and explained: “You can deliver an AI solution to market whenever you like, but should you? We decided to take the time […]

ReImagine Education Awards

SoapBox Labs is delighted to confirm that our Fluency solution has just been shortlisted for the prestigious Reimagine Education Awards & Conference 2020 awards under the Learning Assessment category. We announced SoapBox Fluency in March this year and brought it live with edtech pioneer Amplify in August, just in time for #BackToSchool voice-enabled remote #reading […]

VOICE 2020

This Wednesday, October 7th at 11.35 ET, CEO Dr. Patricia Scanlon speaks at Voice 2020 about kids and voice tech, and how we’re now at a tipping point when speech recognition is finally accurate enough to be useful in learning and entertainment tools for kids. Connect with us via our Voice 2020 exhibitor page or […]

Our Partnership with Microsoft

In March 2019, SoapBox Labs and Microsoft became partners in tackling the global literacy crisis. Earlier this month, Niamh Bushnell sat down with COO Dr. Martyn Farrows and Dr. Kevin Marshall from Microsoft Education to talk about our work to date and the important role voice technology plays in supporting literacy for kids. Q: Why […]

Join us at ASU+GSV Virtual

For the third year in a row, SoapBox Labs is delighted to participate this week in the ASU+GSV conference – an innovation focused event showcasing the best in education thought leadership and technology. CEO and Founder Dr. Patricia Scanlon takes part in the Series A presentations on Tuesday, September 29th, starting at 12 noon PDT. […]

Voice Assistants Don’t Work for Kids – Our TechCrunch Piece

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 […]

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