Session Number W5-02

12:50 pm - 1:40 pm
Panel ~ Voice Assistants (Alexa/Google) for Learning?
Maureen Yoder, Professor, Lesley University
Level: Intermediate
Grades: All
Join this panel to discuss the pros and cons of Voice Assistants in teaching, learning, and the classroom. TBD . . . Can Artificial intelligence be incorporated into classrooms? Can the extensive fact retrieval abilities be channeled into productive lessons promoting inquiry and original thought? Can smart speakers be used to assist teachers and librarians, providing an alternative to traditional classroom routines? YES! Educators are discovering ways that digital assistants can make their professional lives easier and their instructional efforts more interesting. Participants will learn about the lesser known Amazon "skills" and Google "add-ons", little apps that come in the form of learning games, single purpose tools, and hundreds of specific applications. Some teachers and students are writing their own. Issues such as privacy will be addressed, along with the positive and negative results of personification, when your "intelligent" smart speaker becomes an increasingly more human like presence. The session will end with an overview of possibilities, an AI poem, and a tech-oriented raffle.