Our Partnership with Microsoft

In March 2019, SoapBox Labs and Microsoft became partners in tackling the global literacy crisis. Earlier this month, Niamh Bushnell sat down with COO Dr. Martyn Farrows and Dr. Kevin Marshall from Microsoft Education to talk about our work to date and the important role voice technology plays in supporting literacy for kids. Q: Why […]

Equity in Voice Technology

Equitable voice technology should be a non-negotiable yet, according to Stanford University’s FairSpeech project, all 5 of the leading speech recognition tools “misunderstood Black speakers twice as often as white speakers”. SoapBox Labs’ partners at the FCRR have also shared their concerns about technology and issues of equity in this recent Smart Brief article. Dr. […]

How Voice Tech Supports Teaching Remotely

Online classrooms are great but it’s hard – nigh impossible – for teachers to offer the same level of individual support and attention to their students when they’re learning remotely from home. As award winning teacher, Mary Kovats, described it in this recent Chalkbeat article: The hardest part is trying to figure out how to […]

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 […]

Announcing SoapBox Fluency

Pioneering Developer of Voice Technology for Children Now Enables Fluency Assessment for the Classroom First-of-a-kind technology allows educators to understand and evaluate the development of critical speech and reading comprehension skills for young readers DUBLIN, IRELAND (March 3rd, 2020) – SoapBox Labs, developer of safe and secure voice technology for kids, today announced the release […]

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. […]

From Cusp to Mainstream

They say we’re “on the cusp” of a big new trend – voice technology in classrooms. Here’s how we know they’re right: Education companies are piloting voice tech: SoapBox Labs is currently engaged in multiple pilots with edtech companies who want to integrate our voice technology into their assessment and practice tools, apps and curriculum […]

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