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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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 […]

Part 1: Voice-First Experiences for Kids

Voice technology offers education publishers, toy and game developers new avenues and approaches to creating immersive learning and play experiences for kids. From working closely with our clients, SoapBox Head of UX Declan Moore and Senior Software Engineer Ronan Tumelty see these voice-driven experiences come to life on a first-hand basis.  In this Part 1 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]