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Our UpComing Webinar

With the new school year upon us, it’s time to sign up for another live SoapBox webinar. This time on the value of voice-enabled tools in the classroom.  Attended and enjoyed our last webinar? Excellent! On Tuesday, September 21 at 5 p.m. BST | 12 p.m. ET | 9 a.m. PT, we’ll build on those […]

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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 […]

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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Tackling the literacy crisis during the pandemic

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]