June newsletter: Join our early literacy webinar

June 13, 2022

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Here’s your June round-up from the world of voice technology for kids. Let’s dive right in!

This month: This week’s early literacy webinar, the role of NLG in conversational AI, voice tech and kidtech news, and SoapBox at ISTE!

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June webinar: New voice features for early literacy

Join us this Thursday, June 16, to learn about the newest features of our voice engine for early literacy and to see demos of how education companies will use them to support teachers and young students taking their first steps on the literacy journey. Register now to save your seat! Until then, read our latest blogs on how our voice technology assesses short sounds and supports the development of phonemic awareness.

An image of a talking robot hovering over a tablet computer. The image is a graphical representation of natural language generation, or NLG.

The role of NLG in conversational AI

How do voice assistants and other conversational AI technologies mimic human language, understand users’ goals, and respond to human requests in a sensible and helpful way? In the latest SoapBox Tech Blog, Computational Linguist Agape Deng explains the components of a goal-oriented dialogue system and the particular challenges the natural language generation (NLG) role faces.

Meet us at ISTE!

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We’re teaming up with McGraw Hill at ISTE this year to talk about voice-powered learning tools across PreK-12. Interested in a demo of our voice engine? Come find us at the McGraw Hill booth (#3516). Learn more.

Voice AI and kidtech news

Building an internet for kids: “The new playground: why we need to re-architect the internet to prioritize child privacy” – The Drum

Youngest learners badly hit by remote learning: “Covid-era babies are ‘talking’ less, signaling future reading challenges” – Forbes

How data affects and is affected by children: “Responsible data for children” – RD4C

Metaverse for good: “We need to make the metaverse safe for everyone. Here’s how” – World Economic Forum

Upcoming kidtech panel: “Designing an online world for the well-being of children” – CogX

The results of our pilot with SoapBox’s voice engine show that it not only works accurately for children but also for a diversity of accents, dialects, and learning abilities.

Jess Pendleton, SVP & GM of Product, Imagine Learning


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