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Using voice recognition -- e.g. Siri, Cortana, Alexa, or Google Assistant -- in the classroom


Have you experimented with voice recognition technology: Siri, Cortana, Alexa, or Google? A community of adult basic skills (including ESL) instructors in Illinois, the Illinois Digital Learning Lab, "is experimenting with voice technology in the classroom."  For example, "in Dawn Brill’s ESL class, a mix of beginning and low literacy students work together on vocabulary exercises. They integrate Google Assistant using a series of questions. Overall the tool has been a welcome addition for the instructor and students, and a means to build engagement."  You can read more about this in a World Education Ed Tech Center "Tech Tips for Teachers" blog article Experimenting with Google Assistant in ESL Classrooms.

Have you experimented with Google Assistant in your ESL or other adult basic skills classes? If so, what has your experience been?  Are voice recognition assistants useful for language learning, for building English vocabulary? For researching information of some kinds?

David J. Rosen, Moderator

LINCS CoP Integrating Technology group