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Our Upcoming Webinar

With the new school year upon us, it’s time to sign up for another live SoapBox webinar. This time on the value of voice-enabled tools in the classroom.  Attended and enjoyed our last webinar? Excellent! On Tuesday, September 21 at 5 p.m. BST | 12 p.m. ET | 9 a.m. PT, we’ll build on those […]

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White paper alert! Speech recognition is now ready for the classroom

Back in 2011, a seminal paper by the Sesame Workshop and Joan Ganz Cooney Center asserted that speech recognition technology was “up to the task” of helping kids learn to read. So why, you may wonder, did it take another 10 years for voice-powered learning tools to start appearing in US classrooms? At SoapBox Labs, […]

ANSWERED: Kids Voice Tech in EdTech

Last week’s webinar, “Unlocking the Power of Voice Technology in Education,” was all about how voice technology is being used to support kids in learning to read, do math, and learn languages.  The Q&A at the end of the session ran over with questions, so here’s a review of five of them  — and the […]

Why 2021 Is the Year of Voice Tech in Education for Kids

Covid-19 exposed the weaknesses in edtech solutions that were not built specifically for kids and not built to be interactive and encouraging, and to provide feedback to students and their teachers. In 2020, edtech companies accelerated their embrace of voice solutions for the classroom, and of course, for remote learning. That accelerated adoption continues at […]

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Voice-enabled MCQs Are Hot. Here’s why.

As many of you know, multiple-choice tests are a robust form of objective assessment where respondents select the best answer to a question from a list of options. When written with intention, multiple-choice questions (MCQs) are very effective in literacy because they can test higher-order learning and comprehension. Thanks to voice technology, MCQs are now […]

How Data Is Reinventing EdTech

One of our favorite conversations with edtech customers is about how the unique data generated by voice-enabled tools can improve learning outcomes for kids and their teachers. “For the first time, using voice-enabled assessment tools, we can accurately measure the expressive language and literacy skills of a child. Historically, teachers needed to listen while the […]

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Tackling the literacy crisis during the pandemic

You don’t have to be an educator or a parent to be concerned by recent headlines about learning loss in children, like this one from the Washington Post. Reports about the effects of remote learning on kids confirm two things: the pandemic has deepened the decades-old literacy crisis, and students of color and in high-poverty […]

Forbes: SoapBox Labs Gives Voice To The Obstacles, Opportunities Of Remote Learning

Thanks to Michael Horn for a really enjoyable interview published today in Forbes. A great conversation that covers a lot of ground including the difference between voice technology and voice assistants, the importance of accuracy of voice technology for kids, and how voice technology has become core to EdTech, a need that has been amplified […]

SXSWedu – Your Vote Please!

Friends and colleagues, it’s time to vote up your favorite panels for SXSWedu 2021. The competition for panel slots is even tougher this year, so please consider supporting us by voting for one or both of these important panel discussions: Is Voice Tech the Solution for Continuous Learning? https://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/111507   Can We Design Bias Out of […]

TechCrunch: Voice Assistants Don’t Work for Kids

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 […]