"Ok, Google! Turn on the living room lights."
"Alexa, turn off the sprinkler."
"Ok, Google! Set the air conditioner to 71."
"Alexa, who’s at the front door?"
I don't know if you're as obsessed with gadgets and technology as I am, but sometimes I stop and think I'm living in the future. Give me a flying car, and I could be George Jetson himself!
Some of my favorite toys to play with are smart speakers. I have both a Google Home and an Amazon Alexa, and I love them both. The main thing I use them for is to play podcasts and to listen to music, but I must confess they have settled more than one family argument about who was right. Newsflash: I was wrong!
The more I use them, the more I think about how much fun a smart classroom can be. So let's talk about a few fun ways you can use intelligent home assistants.
1. Help your kids with the facts
It's so much fun to ask Google or Alexa to give me information or background on something. It can also be fun in the classroom for students to ask questions of the smart speaker and instantaneously get facts, which can sure make learning fun. It also helps kids understand how the technology works and how to ask the right question to get the answer you need. Smart speakers can be a great addition when you're in a classroom or school with limited access to devices. It's an excellent way for kids to research without having a device of their own.
2. It's Gametime!
You can play fun and educational quizzes with the smart speaker, and it turns your classroom into its very own game show. Whether you use Google or Amazon Alexa, there are all kinds of fun games for your students to play. There's a CK-12 EDU trivia game, Space Trivia, Math Showdown and Animal Trivia. There are also fun games like Freeze Dance, Musical Chairs and my personal favorite, Star Wars Trivia Challenge. Smart assistants provide a fantastic way for your students to learn or to have a little fun.