Session Number W5-02

W5-02
Webster
12:50 pm - 1:40 pm
Panel ~ Voice Assistants (Alexa/Google) for Learning?
Maureen Yoder, Professor, Lesley University
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Level: Intermediate
Grades: All
Join this panel as they reflect upon the pros and cons of Voice Assistants in teaching, learning, and the classroom. 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? Can these assistants support the physically disabled in our classrooms? Can these resources be integrated in a manner that addresses student data privacy? Educators are discovering ways that digital assistants can make their professional lives easier and their instructional efforts more interesting. The positive and negative results of personification, when your "intelligent" smart speaker becomes an increasingly more human like presence are also included in the discussion. Panel participants include Maureen Yoder ~ Professor at Lesley University, Kerry Gallagher ~ Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning, St. John's Prep School, John Martin ~ Director of Technology & Innovation at the Inter-Lakes SD, and Daniel Dister ~ Chief Information Security Officer at the NH Department of Information Technology. Time for questions and answers is planned as this discussion is expected to raise more questions than answers!