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Mr. Roadruck from Norfolk VA is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Alexa, Are You Ready To Be My Teacher Assistant?

My students need the Echo to bring voice assistant, Alexa, into the classroom to make learning fun, dynamic, and accessible for diverse learners.

  • $156 goal

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My Students

As the school's Instructional Technology teacher I am able to push-in and pull-out to support the teachers and students with remediation and extensions of contents with the use of technology. This year, I get to work with seventy-nine Kindergarteners, ninety first graders, ninety-one second graders, seventy-one third graders, sixty-six fourth graders, and seventy-four fifth graders. These one hundred girls and one hundred eleven boys are a mixed ability bunch, some with gifted, special needs identification, and some labeled ESL. The students come from diverse households that range from low income to middle class.

The school I teach in is a Title I public elementary school that has socio-economical and multicultural diversity.

Eighty percent of our population receives free or reduced-price lunch. Our school has a large population of special needs students, including SECEP and severe and profound disabilities.

The students I see are always ready to learn when the material is presented in an exciting way. My students are visual and kinesthetic learners. They need to see and touch the things they are learning in order for concepts to become concrete. They are a technologically aware generation and want to use many electronic learning devices aside from school computers.

My Project

After attending the VSTE conference, I discovered the many ways Alexa could be used in a classroom…and possibly as my new teaching assistant to reinforce content. I will be able to get Alexa to provide basic information and perform simple tasks like asking for the weather, number sense facts, riddles, and setting a timer.

There are many ways that Alexa can help me in the classroom now and the possibilities are endless.

I can get rid of all of my dice, cards, coins, and other probability tools as Alexa can take care of that for me. Just ask her to flip a coin, pick a card, roll a dice, or pick a random number. Alexa will support literacy by having students ask her how to spell a specific word, suggest a synonym, or provide a definition. During social studies, students can ask Alexa simple geography questions. Students can use Alexa to check their Math work when they’ve finished an assignment, and Alexa is great at converting units of measurements. I can even consider adapting the rule of “Ask three before me” to “Ask Alexa and three before me.” Alexa can even play a track like “Nature Sounds for Relaxation” and give my students the opportunity to unwind during dismissal.

There are plenty of skills that I can enable to allow Alexa to be more helpful and relevant in the classroom. The list of skill continues to grow but a few that I have tested include Amazing Word Master Game, Twenty Questions and Ditty. Ditty turns any message I give it into a song, will allow me to add a fun new way of learning to the classroom. The addition of Amazon Echo Buttons will provide a way for the students to interact with Alexa through games and trivia.

Mr. Roadruck
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Echo Dot (2nd Generation) - White • Amazon Business $47.49 1 $47.49
Echo Buttons, an Alexa Gadget (2 Pack) • Amazon Business $19.99 2 $39.98
Echo Dot Case, Portable Carrying Travel Bag Protective Hard Case Cover for use with Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Generation) with Carabiner (Fits USB Cable and Wall Charger), Nylon-Black (Black Zipper) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99

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