Research, especially for kids today, has taken on a different meaning. Alexa, Cortana and Siri are summoned for anything from knowing the weather, to homework questions on just about anything.
These have become the new-age teachers running immersive virtual classrooms. Of course, they cannot replace real classroom experiences and the mentoring abilities of human teachers.. However, both learners and teachers can benefit immensely from the host of features that voice assistants offer.
And they are coming to the rescue.
Take eyestrain, for instance. It’s a common physical health issue people face in e-learning, which can be mitigated by reducing screen-time. Voice assistants can be used to perform simple calculations, improve vocabulary and literacy skills, translating and spelling out words and phrases from one language to another among other functions. Teachers can make time for research and development by assigning virtual assistants to streamline tasks such as scheduling tests and assignments and setting reminders for classes and submissions.
Learners can prepare for tests better using Alexa Skills Blueprint which allows users to generate flashcards for free. The flashcard skill technology uses audio-based technology to help learners study using voice thereby ensuring learners do not misread any number and text. Learns can create and maintain multiple flashcards under different subjects, which the application keeps organized.