The Future of Education Technology is Interactive

We’ve all learnt a lot recently about what works and doesn’t work in distance learning for kids, and for their parents. 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 […]

Equity in Voice Technology

Equitable voice technology is a non-negotiable, and 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”. At SoapBox Labs, we take equity very seriously. Our aim has always been to build voice tech for kids that caters to the diversity […]

Change is needed. Learning to read can change a child’s life.

CEO Dr. Patricia Scanlon comments on an article in Forbes this week entitled “How ‘Reading Instruction’ Oppresses Black and Brown Children”. Writing in Forbes this week Natalie Wexler gave an ominous assessment of the huge inequalities in US schools wrt reading. ‘On national tests last year, only 18 percent of black 4th-graders scored proficient or […]

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 […]

Helping EdTech Companies Prepare for the Fall

What will school look like when it returns in the Fall?In this article Emily Tate from EdSurge discusses the options.Classrooms will likely have to move back online, for periods of time at least, into the future and teachers will need “to pay close attention to the development of each child and ensure that appropriate grade-level […]

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 […]

Our Evolving Edtech Market

Edtech is a $5 trillion business but most of what we thought we knew about this industry has changed because of Covid: The online tutoring and home education tools market, which was already exploding in Asia, has transformed overnight into a mainstream and global driver of growth across the edtech industry. Large and small edtech […]

Will Speech Tech Transform Education?

The explosion of popular virtual assistants – such as Alexa and Siri – are sparking increased interest in the potential for speech technology as a literacy and language learning tool. SXSW EDU goes virtual with this panel discussion that brings together speech technology pioneers from across the education and edtech industries to explore how speech […]

Announcing Free Access API for Education & Entertainment App Developers

SoapBox Labs announces three-month free access API web service; technical assistance to create safe at-home digital experiences for kids. DUBLIN, Ireland — April 29, 2020 — SoapBox Labs, pioneering developer of high accuracy, secure voice technology for kids, today announced the launch of a new application programming interface (API) that enables companies to easily integrate […]

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