Tackling the literacy crisis during the pandemic
February 11, 2021
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 communities are disproportionately affected.
Learning to read is hard and gets harder as kids age. It’s four times harder for an eight-year-old to catch up with their peers as it is for a five-year-old, for example.
Research also shows that the best way to learn is with the support of a helpful adult, at home and in the classroom. For many kids however, that level of support is just not available.
With voice-enabled reading apps on a mobile phone, computer, or tablet, kids can still practice by themselves every day, keep up with their peers, and continue to unlock their full potential.Dr. Patricia Scanlon, Founder & CEO, SoapBox Labs
“Many kids don’t have a parent at home who has the time or is able to read to them, so they’re continuing to lose ground and motivation,” says SoapBox’s Founder and CEO, Dr. Patricia Scanlon. “With voice-enabled reading apps on a mobile phone, computer, or tablet, kids can still practice by themselves every day, keep up with their peers, and continue to unlock their full potential.”
We get it. Voice-enabled literacy apps and tools like Amplify‘s are no silver bullet. But we’ve also seen the positive impact these tools can have on the development of reading skills in kids, at every stage of the literacy journey.
Voice-enabled literacy tools help kids unlock their full potential by offering
- Regular practice of reading out loud.
- Immediate and individualized feedback.
- Frequent informal assessments.
- Data to identify where early intervention is needed.
Are you ready to voice-enable your literacy assessment or tool for kids? Tell us about your use case on our Get Started form, and we’ll be in touch to schedule a call.