Screenshot of a voice-enabled multiple-choice test.
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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Voice in Education Podcast

“Bells and Whistles of Happiness”That’s how Julie Daniel Davis, CETL described her feeling as an educator when she learned about SoapBox Labs’ voice tech for kids, and specifically, how it respects kids’ fundamental right to voice data privacy. Julie is the creator of the Voice in Education podcast and in this week’s episode she talks […]

How Voice Tech Supports Teaching Remotely

Online classrooms are great, but it’s hard – nigh, impossible – for teachers to offer the same level of individual support and attention to their students when they’re learning remotely from home. As award winning teacher Mary Kovats described it in this recent Chalkbeat article: The hardest part is trying to figure out how to […]

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