10 ways to use voice-activated technology in the classroom

By: | January 11, 2019
VOICE-ACTIVATED TECHNOLOGY—In this fifth-grade classroom in Mansfield, Massachusetts, the teacher appoints a “Googler of the Day” to plug in the Home device when someone has a question, to ask that question, and then to unplug the device so it does not continue to record classroom activities.VOICE-ACTIVATED TECHNOLOGY—In this fifth-grade classroom in Mansfield, Massachusetts, the teacher appoints a “Googler of the Day” to plug in the Home device when someone has a question, to ask that question, and then to unplug the device so it does not continue to record classroom activities.

Voice-activated technology now sounds better in K12 classrooms. Experts and educators offer tips on how to teach with Alexa, Google Home and other voice-activated devices. These suggestions cover instructional uses and security.

How to use voice-activated technology:

  1. Allow students to ask the device (not the teacher) basic factual questions.
  2. Practice math problems, including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
  3. Set up the weekly spelling list and practice it.
  4. Set timers for completing tests or attending appointments outside of class.
  5. Record a morning announcement with plans for the day.
  6. Schedule a daily or weekly journal writing prompt.
  7. Allow Alexa to read passages for reading comprehension lessons.
  8. Start a daily, two-minute mindfulness activity for student self-regulation.
  9. Try a brain break to transition students from one subject to another while keeping them engaged and focused.
  10. Use the language function for students to practice foreign language conversations.

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