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 […]

Our Mission in Remote Learning

When learning to read, a child needs to be able to read out loud, be listened to, and receive immediate feedback. As parents around the world are now discovering, very few remote learning tools offer this essential level of engagement. Existing tools are just too passive. Enter voice technology. Adding voice tech to reading and […]

Announcing SoapBox Fluency

Pioneering Developer of Voice Technology for Children Now Enables Fluency Assessment for the Classroom First-of-a-kind technology allows educators to understand and evaluate the development of critical speech and reading comprehension skills for young readers DUBLIN, IRELAND (March 3rd, 2020) – SoapBox Labs, developer of safe and secure voice technology for kids, today announced the release […]

A Voice for Equity

How does our voice technology for kids promote equity in the classroom? We’ll be sharing some big news on this topic next week. Meantime, here’s a teaser. SoapBox Labs voice tech for kids promotes equity in a couple of key ways: By giving kids a voice, to practice reading out loud and be understood accurately. […]

From Cusp to Mainstream

They say we’re “on the cusp” of a big new trend – voice technology in classrooms. Here’s how we know they’re right: Education companies are piloting voice tech: SoapBox Labs is currently engaged in multiple pilots with edtech companies who want to integrate our voice technology into their assessment and practice tools, apps and curriculum […]

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