Extending Learning With Their Voices: Echo in Class
My students need an Amazon Echo Show- Black. This will aid in their learning by integrating technology to support their writing, furthering exploration of topics, becoming a classroom assistant, and running educational applications.
My school is the hidden gem of Prince George's County, a suburb of Washington D.C. It is so special because I am lucky enough to teach the best students in the county school system. Our school is made up of kind, caring, driven students.
My students impress me all the time with the beauty of their hearts.
I work on teaching them personal and interpersonal love and kindness. They often bring me to tears with their ideas and responses to share. I have worked in schools in other cities and states. I have seen bullying and issues of all kinds. The biggest incidents that we have are just small ones compared to the other schools I have worked in.
The students that I teach have obstacles to overcome compared to the average student. Over 90% of the students in our school come from low-income families and many students are English as a second language learners. The families that I work with never let poverty or languages differences stand in the way of their child succeeding. The parents overall, are eager for their students to succeed in all academic areas and support the teachers in any way they can.
Amazon's Echo would be a great teaching aide for a classroom. The Echo is able to help when a topic needs some additional answers or information is needed when a class discussion is going on. It can help students spell a word, reducing interruptions. The Echo can become a classroom assistant tool by setting reminders, timers, alarms, sharing the weather, picking a number, flipping a coin, or rolling dice to randomly select students, and more.
Our school has a high population of English language learners.
It will be beneficial to all students but especially the ESL students . It can define words, show correct spelling, generate synonyms, and antonyms to help with their writing. It can check math equations when they are calculating math problems. The Echo can share additional information, facts, pictures, and more to support topics being taught in class.
Amazon has created many educational applications (apps) that teachers can use in their classrooms with the Echo. Some of the applications that are made for the classroom are listed below:
Earplay – choose-your-own-adventure stories
Spelling Bee – The spelling bee is designed for students to help them practice their words
Amazing Word Master Game – Match a word that begins with the last letter of the previous word said
Black History Facts – facts about African American history
Time Machine – headlines of the same day in a randomly chosen year from 1851 on.
Math Mania – Solve addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems
The Magic Door – choose-your-own-adventure skill that lets you explore many lands
Jeopardy – Each weekday, Alexa receives six questions by the show’s official writers.
Escape Room- students have to solve puzzles to escape the room
Ditty – Alexa will make a fast song about any topic you give.
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