Repetitions: An Important New Data Point for Teachers

SoapBox Fluency, our high accuracy reading assessment solution, has been built to support kids and their teachers. The rich and granular data it generates informs teachers’ approach to more personalized instruction, screening, and intervention, and helps them to more closely and regularly track each student’s reading progress. Teachers rely on a myriad of measurements to […]

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Case Study: Speech Recognition in Language Learning

We recently published our white paper “Can Speech Recognition Help Children Learn to Read?” to spur further discussion on the potential applications of kid-specific speech recognition for learners. One of the exciting use cases of speech recognition in education is voice-enabled language learning tools. Today, millions of adults worldwide use voice-enabled language learning apps to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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. […]

Voice in Education Podcast

“Bells and Whistles of Happiness”That’s how Julie Daniel Davis, CETL described her feeling as an educator when she learned about SoapBox Labs’ voice tech for kids, and specifically, how it respects kids’ fundamental right to voice data privacy. Julie is the creator of the Voice in Education podcast and in this week’s episode she talks […]

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 […]

An Excellent Time for Our Funding

Insights on our new funding from COO, Dr. Martyn Farrows: Our new $6.5M funding round will accelerate the focus of our voice tech for kids on the entertainment and education markets. Here’s why this funding is so timely: The Rise of Remote Learning – kids urgently need educational tools that do more than serve up […]