May newsletter: What’s the role of voice technology in phonemic awareness?

May 9, 2022

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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!

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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.

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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?

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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.

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