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White paper alert! Speech recognition is now ready for the classroom

Back in 2011, a seminal paper by the Sesame Workshop and Joan Ganz Cooney Center asserted that speech recognition technology was “up to the task” of helping kids learn to read. So why, you may wonder, did it take another 10 years for voice-powered learning tools to start appearing in US classrooms? At SoapBox Labs, […]

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Announcing Our New Whitepaper, “Can Speech Recognition Help Children Learn to Read?”

DUBLIN, Ireland (July 14, 2021) — Dublin-based SoapBox Labs, pioneering developer of speech recognition for kids, today released a white paper exploring the applications, risks, and opportunities of speech recognition in the classroom. The paper, titled, “Can Speech Recognition Help Children Learn to Read? A primer on the applications, risks, and aspirations of speech recognition […]

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Winner: Best AI Product in Education

SoapBox Labs is over the moon to have won Best AI Product in Education at the 2021 CogX Awards. The CogX Awards recognize the innovators, change makers, and visionaries answering the question “How do we get the next ten years right?” and who are helping address the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Getting the next ten […]

Voicebot Year in Review Podcast

Before the holidays, I participated in a “Year in Review in Europe” podcast with Voicebot’s Bret Kinsella and European colleagues Dominik Meissner and Alexis Hue. We covered a broad range of industry topics during the hour long discussion. Below are some of my contributions to it: On Privacy: “Are we really comfortable, as parents of […]

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 […]

ReImagine Education Awards

SoapBox Labs is delighted to confirm that our Fluency solution has just been shortlisted for the prestigious Reimagine Education Awards & Conference 2020 awards under the Learning Assessment category. We announced SoapBox Fluency in March this year and brought it live with edtech pioneer Amplify in August, just in time for #BackToSchool voice-enabled remote #reading […]

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. […]

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. […]

SXSW EDU – The Speech Tech Pioneers Panel

This SXSW EDU virtual panel discussion is a must-watch for innovators and educators in the education, edtech and voice tech industries. It brings together voice technology pioneers from across these industries to explore how voice tech can be used to revolutionize and expand access to literacy and language learning experiences for kids, while ensuring the […]