Imagine Learning leverages speech recognition technology to help educators quickly and accurately assess reading and language skills
On the heels of a successful pilot project across the country, Imagine Learning is partnering with SoapBox Labs, the leading developer of speech recognition technology designed just for kids.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., April 192022 /PRNewswire/ — Imagine Learning, whose literacy solutions are used by millions of students across the United States, today announced a new partnership with SoapBox Labs, the Dublinbased on voice recognition that provides joyful learning and playing experiences for children. Starting this summer, Imagine Learning’s Language & Literacy program will include Fluid Reader+a new tool powered by SoapBox voice technology, giving teachers a seamless, scalable and more accurate approach to assessing student progress in reading and language learning.
This summer, the Imagine Language & Literacy program will include Fluent Reader+, a new tool powered by SoapBox speech technology
Voice-enabled tools save educators time by replacing time-consuming manual assessment of reading and language acquisition with a reliable, accurate, and automated approach. The feedback loop created by the SoapBox voice engine also makes it easier to track progress, giving teachers more frequent and accurate feedback on where students need support on their literacy and language journey.
“We’ve long imagined the possibility of voice recognition technology to help teachers make the most of their time in the classroom,” said Jeff Pendleton, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Complementary Education and Intervention at Imagine Learning. “But most speech engines were designed primarily for adults and don’t work well for children. Our pilot’s results with the SoapBox speech engine show that it not only works accurately for children, but also for a diversity of accents, dialects and learning abilities. This is exciting for us and for educators around the world.”
Imagine Language & Literacy is an award-winning adaptive learning program that accelerates literacy and English development for K-6 students. Over 20,000 educators log into the program daily and 65% of student users are emerging bilinguals. In a three-month pilot project with 15,000 students from diverse backgrounds using SoapBox’s speech technology, Imagine Language & Literacy’s Fluid Reader+ was able to score oral reading fluency and linguistic artifacts with a level of accuracy comparable to experienced educators in the classroom. Additionally, pilot teachers accessed the oral grading tool 165% more often than their peers, reflecting their feedback that automation led them to use the tool more frequently and with more students.
“At SoapBox Labs, we pride ourselves on creating voice recognition technology for children that is accurate, inclusive, and fair. We are thrilled to have been selected by Imagine Learning to serve their user base of students, educators and classrooms across the United States,” said Martyn Farrows, CEO of SoapBox Labs. “This partnership was born out of a focus on constant innovation and improvement, and we are excited about the opportunities to work together in the future.”
About SoapBox Laboratories
SoapBox Labs brings the unique voice of children to the digital world. Our voice technology is proprietary and designed from the ground up to empower children K-12 of all accents and developmental stages to enjoy joyful and immersive digital experiences. SoapBox provides voice-enabled learning and gaming experiences for third-party customers in the education, gaming, media and entertainment industries.
SoapBox is a privacy-conscious company and offers full transparency regarding the processing and storage of voice data in full compliance with US COPPA and EU GDPR legislation. Voice data is never shared outside the company, sold to third parties, or used for marketing or advertising purposes.
About Imagine Learning
Imagine Learning is a K-12 digital learning solutions company that sparks breakthroughs in learning by designing forward-thinking solutions at the intersection of people, programs, and technology to drive learning. student growth. Imagine Learning serves more than 10 million students and partners with more than half of the nation’s school districts. Imagine Learning’s flagship products include Imagine Edgenuity®, online courseware and virtual school service solutions; additional and interventional solutions for literacy, language, math, robotics and coding; and a high-quality, digitally-focused core curriculum, including Illustrative Mathematics®, EL Education® and Odell Education® – all on Imagine Learning Classroom – and Twig Science®. Learn more about Imagine Learning’s digital solutions at imaginelearning.com.
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