Dr Mike J Smith
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Amazon Echo in Teaching
How can we use XXX in teaching? Replace XXX with your favourite peace of technology - you see it all the time and it's a good excuse to buy a shiny bit of kit and play with it in class. So no surprise to see the use of the Amazon Echo crop up at some point. In this case it's Donald Clark who has supplied the goods (although more related to business). And there are some good things on the list. My picks are:
1. Use it as a countdown timer: great for tests, group work, discussion, staged practicals etc.
2. To Do Lists: I can see this being used by the instructor and students to keep multiple lists of things theyve found hard, topics to cover again, answers to post etc etc. Have multiple lists, that could include voting-up (likes) for topics etc
3. Calculator: easier and quicker than a phone
4. Queries/Questions: ask populations, capitals, parts of the electromagnetic spectrum, names of sensors, expiration dates satellites. The list is endless, useful and fast.
5. Training: text-to-speech, audio briefings. The power of voice is tremendous and this can be a great way to bring further personalisation to learning.
There are some great thoughts in there, although don't underestimate the complexities of running in a room of people.