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

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

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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 […]

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Our Mission in Remote Learning

In 2020, millions of kids around the world will lose half a year of early literacy instruction, and the resulting literacy “fade” risks delaying their educational development for many years after. SoapBox Labs is on a mission to tackle this global literacy crisis. When learning to read, a child needs to be able to read […]

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Voice Tech for Language Learning

Language learning companies like Lingumi, Duolingo, Kahoot! and BABEL shine more brightly than ever in these days of remote learning. Their user numbers have rocketed recently, and so has traffic at SoapBox, as our voice technology becomes an increasingly core feature of language tools for kids specifically. So what do the “best” language tools offer […]

A Voice for Equity

How does our voice technology for kids promote equity in the classroom? We’ll be sharing some big news on this topic next week. Meantime, here’s a teaser. SoapBox Labs voice tech for kids promotes equity in a couple of key ways: By giving kids a voice, to practice reading out loud and be understood accurately. […]

Telling Europe’s AI Innovation Story

For the next week, the SoapBox Labs story will be a feature TV broadcast into millions of homes across Europe and beyond. The Euronews team chose SoapBox Labs to tell Europe’s AI innovation story and came to Dublin last week to interview CEO and Founder Patricia Scanlon. Watch the show here – buff.ly/2H60OiK

Privacy First. Period.

The UK’s new design code for protecting kids’ online privacy hits all the right notes: transparency, parental consent, data sharing and misuse, default privacy settings and age appropriate settings. And while the code itself is not legally binding, it’s backed up by data protection laws that can be enforced through fines and trade sanctions. COO […]

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