May newsletter: What’s the role of voice technology in phonemic awareness?
May 9, 2022
Here’s your May roundup from the world of voice technology for kids. Let’s dive right in!
This month: How our voice technology supports kids’ phonemic awareness development, the World Economic Forum’s new AI and Children toolkit, the recording and Q&A from our recent webinar, and more!
Phonemic awareness: The role of voice technology
Assessment of phonemic awareness skills during the first two years of school instruction is one of the best predictors of how well a child will learn to read. In the latest SoapBox Tech Blog, Head of Education Product Brenda McGuirk talks about the importance of developing phonemic awareness and the role our kid-specific speech technology plays in supporting teachers and their students on the early literacy journey.
The WEF’s new AI and Children toolkit
Last month, the World Economic Forum (WEF) unveiled its much-awaited Artificial Intelligence for Children toolkit. In this blog, we summarize key takeaways and explain how our voice technology honors WEF’s kids-FIRST approach to AI development.
Missed our most recent webinar?
Thanks to the 170+ attendees who joined us and MetaMetrics for “Rethinking Reading Assessment with the Lexile Framework and Kid-Specific Voice Technology.” Here’s the audience Q&A complete with answers, and you can watch the recording here.
Voice AI and kidtech news
SoapBox named a finalist: “Announcing the 2022 CODiE Awards finalists” – SIIA CODiE Awards
About our Imagine Learning partnership: “SoapBox Labs will bring speech recognition AI to major literacy tech developer Imagine Learning” – Voicebot
Equity and diversity in K-12: “Why schools need to talk about racial bias in AI-powered technologies” – EdWeek
Pandemic learning loss: “Pandemic erased a decade of progress for public pre-K programs, report finds” – Washington Post
On kids’ online privacy: “Getting children’s privacy right requires opening your eyes” – AdExchanger
Speech tech in the metaverse: “Why speech tech is key to a well-rounded metaverse” – SpeechTechnology Magazine
Anyone who does anything to help a child is a hero to me.Mister Rogers
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