Why 2021 Is the Year of Voice Tech in Education for Kids

Covid-19 exposed the weaknesses in edtech solutions that were not built specifically for kids and not built to be interactive and encouraging, and to provide feedback to students and their teachers. In 2020, edtech companies accelerated their embrace of voice solutions for the classroom, and of course, for remote learning. That accelerated adoption continues at […]

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Voice-enabled MCQs Are Hot. Here’s why.

As many of you know, multiple-choice tests are a robust form of objective assessment where respondents select the best answer to a question from a list of options. When written with intention, multiple-choice questions (MCQs) are very effective in literacy because they can test higher-order learning and comprehension. Thanks to voice technology, MCQs are now […]

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Announcing U.S. Expansion and Leadership Promotions

DUBLIN, IRELAND (MARCH 18, 2021) — SoapBox Labs, pioneering developer of private and accurate voice technology for kids, today announced its expansion into the United States and the promotion of three employees to its leadership team. The announcement signals momentum for the Dublin-based company, as well as growing demand for its kid-specific voice technology in […]

Forbes: SoapBox Labs Gives Voice To The Obstacles, Opportunities Of Remote Learning

Thanks to Michael Horn for a really enjoyable interview published today in Forbes. A great conversation that covers a lot of ground including the difference between voice technology and voice assistants, the importance of accuracy of voice technology for kids, and how voice technology has become core to EdTech, a need that has been amplified […]

Expansion of our US EdTech Leadership

SoapBox Labs is delighted to announce that US edtech industry veteran, Jonathan Hume, will lead our business development activities in the US market. Jonathan has spent the last 15 years in business development roles, specializing for the last 10 in education technology, thanks to the influence of his mother, a long time teacher. “Jonathan is […]

Amplify Goes Live with SoapBox Fluency

BROOKLYN, New York—August 25, 2020—Amplify, a publisher of next-generation curriculum and assessment programs, today announced the release of a voice-enabled reading assessment for grades 1–6, created in collaboration with Dublin-based SoapBox Labs, which develops accuracy and privacy driven voice technology for children. Text Reading Online is the first literacy assessment of its kind to enable […]

About SoapBox Fluency

For a customer-facing view of how SoapBox Fluency powers reading assessments for kids, check out Amplify’s Text Reading Online tool, launched today. For an under-the-hood view of how SoapBox Fluency works, and why it’s a game changer for educators, this 3 minute demo by our Director of Speech Technology, Dr. Amelia Kelly, explains all: Dr. […]

Bias in Education

Fantastic article by our friend and collaborator Yaacov Petscher and his esteemed colleague Nicole Patton Terry, on the dangers of bias in education and the potential for AI to address it. “As AI-enabled technologies like speech recognition systems become more and more prevalent in everyday life, biases like these are not just annoying — they’re […]

The Future of Education Technology is Interactive

We’ve all been learning a lot about what doesn’t work in distance learning for kids recently. One of the big takeaways seems to be the importance of self paced learning. Another is how much more effective learning is for kids when it’s interactive. “Teachers want to engage kids with interactive experiences” as CEO of edtech […]

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. […]