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How to Use Alexa Devices in the Classroom

Dr. Brian S. Friedlander talks about the Amazon Alexa devices and why so many teachers are excited about them.

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Bio of Dr. Brian S. Friedlander As Submitted

Dr. Friedlander is a school psychologist with expertise in assistive technology. Dr. Friedlander is an Associate Professor of Education at the College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown, N.J., where he coordinates Graduate Programs in Special Education and teaches graduate courses in assistive technology. He maintains a consulting and private practice in the area of assistive technology working with schools and parents to find innovative solutions to support student learning.

Dr. Friedlander is the co-author of the following assistive technology reference guides which are available from National Professional Resources, Inc. : Chromebooks in the Classroom: Changing the Landscape of Education & Co-Teaching & Technology: Enhancing Communication, Assistive Technology: What Every Educator Needs to Know, Co-Teaching and Technology:Enhancing Communication & Collaboration, iPad™: Enhancing Learning & Communication for Students with Special Needs (Updated), and Autism and the iPad™:Strengthening Communication and Behavior, (Updated). You can find him on his blog at and on Twitter and Instagram at assistivetek.

You can find Dr. Friedlander’s educational technology info-graphics on Twitter to help teachers quickly understand how technology can be used in the classroom to support learning.


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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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1 comment

Stephen Hale February 25, 2019 - 11:33 pm

I’m conducting research as a teacher/student in an online, continuing education program at the University of Colorado Boulder. The course focuses on the use of emerging technologies for foreign language learning. My topic coincides with the topic here: the use of voice assistants formally or informally in the language classroom.
I’m interested in interviewing or contacting via email those teachers who do this and learning more about student response, successes, pitfalls, and other challenges related to voice assistants. I’m similarly interested in speculation on where such use of AI might be heading in the near future, especially in informal and formal language learning contexts.
Finding and contacting such people, however, is proving to be more of a challenge than I expected, so any response would be greatly appreciated here.


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