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Snap1A: Introducing Alexa Teaching Assistant

Location: W175c, Table 1

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Monday, June 25, 4:30–5:30 pm
Location: W175c, Table 1

Erin Ermis   Emma Kopitzke  
Learn from two elementary teachers who use the Amazon Echo Dot in second and fifth grade classrooms to assist in daily activities. Experience ways to use "Alexa" in whole-class, small-group and individual settings. Attendees will leave with ideas, tips and tricks for using digital assistants in class.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Creativity and productivity tools
Grade level: PK-5
Subject area: Language arts, Math
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
Related exhibitors: ClassAlexa by Hoogalit

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The objective of this presentation is to show how a digital assistant, such as an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot can be used in elementary classrooms to create engaging and innovative classroom environments. Participants will leave with ideas and examples of ways to use a digital assistant in an elementary classroom to increase engagement and productivity in the classroom. They will also leave with a list of specific skills to enable and use with "Alexa" and how to incorporate those skills in the classroom.


1. Introducing Alexa - We will start by demonstrating skills used in class with an Amazon Echo and Echo Dot.
2. Alexa in the classroom - examples and evidence of Alexa in second and fifth grade classrooms.
3. Tips and Tricks - What to keep in mind when getting started with a digital assistant.
4. Questions? We will open it up to any questions if there is time. We will also provide a back channel for digital questions in the case of no time.

Supporting research

There is not a lot out on classroom use of Echo Dot. These are some blogs we looked at before using a dot in our classrooms.





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Erin Ermis, Neenah Joint School District

Erin Ermis is 5th grade teacher and tech mentor with a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership. She has 15 years experience in the classroom with grades 3, 4, 5, 7th and special education. She tries to use technology as a teaching and engagement tool.

Emma Kopitzke, Neenah Joint School District

Emma Kopitzke is a second grade teacher and tech mentor with a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. She has 7 years teaching experience. She tries to use technology in innovative and engaging ways to support her teaching.

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