Share Paper: “Alexa, tell me about using a virtual assistant in the classroom”

  1. Tonia A Dousay, University of Idaho, United States
  2. Cassidy Hall, University of Idaho, United States
Thursday, June 28 4:45 PM-5:15 PM Jordaan 2

Abstract: “Welcome to the future. In front of you, a small device enabled with artificial intelligence (AI) can serve as your virtual assistant. To use it, simply speak the wake word followed by a command to activate a task. Its possibilities for use in the classroom depend on your imagination. Do you want to set a timer? Do you want to look up a fact? Do you want to play a recording of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony?” “Alexa, cancel.” Rapid advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) and relative affordability of AI-enabled devices, such as Amazon’s Echo, translate into a new challenge for schools. ...