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5 Ways Voice-Enabled Literacy Tools Empower K-3 Teachers and Students

Thursday, April 20, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

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Presented by Cheryl Lundy Swift, M.Ed., Professional Learning Director, Learning Without Tears; and Niamh Bushnell, Chief Marketing Officer, SoapBox Labs

Sponsored by Learning Without Tears

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Voice-enabled technology has the power to revolutionize literacy instruction in K–3 classrooms, but how do educators ensure that these tools are equitable for all children and truly save instructional time?

In this edWebinar, we explore how voice-enabled literacy tools can deliver equitable instruction. You also discover how voice technology provides teachers with unbiased literacy assessment data, simplifies literacy group instruction, and allows for more focus on what they do best—teaching. During this interactive and engaging session, educators in Grades K–3 learn the five ways voice-enabled literacy tools can empower both teachers and students. They can:

  • Deliver equitable literacy instruction that meets the diverse needs of each child regardless of accent, dialect, skill set, or learning challenge
  • Provide frequent, invisible, and effective assessments that identify reading challenges and provide personalized, prescriptive, and confidence-boosting instruction for below-level, on-level, and above-level students
  • Give instructional time back to teachers, allowing them to spend more time on targeted, scaffolded support or stretch activities that focus on specific phonics and word study skills in differentiated groups

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to K–3 teachers, school leaders, and education technology leaders.

Cheryl Lundy SwiftAbout the Presenters

Cheryl Lundy Swift received a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from Virginia Commonwealth University and has been a dedicated educator for over 20 years. Cheryl currently serves as Learning Without Tears’ Professional Learning Director. She has worked in leadership and executive roles for various educational organizations including public schools, post-secondary institutions, and education companies including several leading tutoring and supplemental education service companies. Cheryl is an award-winning educational leader, curriculum developer, motivational speaker, and trainer. She served as the Lead Curriculum Developer for Learning Without Tears’ Get Set for School’s Language and Literacy curriculum, which received an AEP Distinguished Achievement Award. In 2017, Cheryl was awarded the Investor Bank’s Educator of the Year Award. Cheryl is currently pursuing her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Kean University in Union, NJ.

Niamh BushnellNiamh Bushnell is the Chief Marketing Officer at SoapBox Labs, the world’s most accurate and equitable voice AI for kids. She joined SoapBox in March 2019 and is responsible for building the awareness and reach of the brand and voice engine globally. Niamh is a board member of Women in Voice, an international non-profit that supports and celebrates women and diversity in voice AI. She is also the founder of TechIreland and in 2014, became Dublin’s first Commissioner for Startups. Niamh is a founding angel investor in New York-based startup accelerator ERANYC.

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Learning Without TearsLearning Without Tears’ mission in today’s changing learning landscape is to ensure that the path to student success remains simple and fun. We provide child-friendly, hands-on, innovative instruction for early learning, handwriting, keyboarding, and writing strategies, and our programs reach more than 31 million students in Pre-K through fifth grade.

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Thursday, April 20, 2023
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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