For Educators Going #BackToSchool, Use Alexa to Help You Plan Your Day #AmazonEcho
Here’s a fun and simple idea for educators: using Alexa to help you with your morning routines and daily calendar reminders. The project is tailored to a specific calendar feed but could be tweaked to suit your needs and systems.
Alexa, help me
What’s the busiest part of my week? No question: 6:45 to 7:15am on a school day morning. Every morning we need to wake up, get dressed (in a uniform unless it’s free dress day), eat breakfast, pack lunch, make sure my husband is actually getting up, fill a backpack (completed homework unless it’s Monday, library books once in six days, swim gear five of six days), then get out the door in time to meet our carpool buddies. There are no morning people in my house. How could I make this easier? What if, instead of finding my phone, unlocking it, and opening the calendar, I could just ask Alexa about what’s going on at school today? With the Alexa Skills Kit, a calendar feed, and a list of grade-specific events, I can!
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