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Amazon Alexa in the classroom

Using Amazon Alexa
in the classroom






So I decided to get an Amazon Alexa for my classroom. I figured the kids could use it for a variety of things but I didn't really see the amazing things they could do with it. Just make sure to set some parameters for behavior and usage before you do anything!

The Basics


So first set up some rules. My kids can use Alexa for ten minutes at a time, if their work is finished. They have specific pairs to work in. I have the sheet with optional activities posted and the pairs listed.

Some basics are:
  • Alexa, what is the definition for ______?
  • Alexa, what is a synonym for ______?
  • Alexa, roll the dice (pick a card, flip a coin).
  • Alexa, how do you spell ______?
  • Alexa, pick a number between ___ and ___.
  • Alexa, set a timer for _____.

Alexa Skills

So there are third party developers who create apps to use with Alexa. There is so much to explore! Some of my kids' favorites are:
  • Alexa, open the Magic Door.
  • Alexa, launch Spelling Bee.
  • Alexa, ask Math Mania to play.
  • Alexa, open Curiosity.
  • Alexa, ask Superheroes who ____ is.
  • Alexa, open Knock, Knock.
  • Alexa, open Cat (Dog, Dinosaur) facts.
  • Alexa, Twenty questions.

There is even a SkillFinder to help you find new skills. Just say "Alexa, open skill finder." and she'll help you out!

So get one and try it out.  My kids are enjoying it so much!  You can even make your own skills here!

Here is a sheet you can post for some Alexa uses!









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