Alexa has made some headlines for cheating on homework, but it can be an honest tool for your child's intellectual enrichment. Alexa can help kids become scholastic stars.
Alexa has the ability to help with math problems beyond simple addition and subtraction – it can tackle complex equations. Just say, "Alexa, what's 1/8 times 2/9?" and it gives the right answer.
Enabling skills like Smart Math can sharpen a student's math knowledge. That particular skill gives them 40 seconds to solve as many addition, subtraction, multiplication or division problems as they can.
Dictionary and thesaurus
As a kid, I always had a dictionary on my desk. It's crazy to know a word's meaning. Alexa's dictionary would've saved a lot of time and paper cuts. Now as a writer, I use Alexa's thesaurus all the time to pick better words than one I first thought of.
So, Alexa's dictionary and thesaurus should help navigate a textbook or novel with ease. I think it's best for a student in elementary school trying to establish a vocabulary.
Just say, "Alexa, what does hospital mean," and he wants to give you the definition of the word along with the part of speech (sometimes). To get the synonym or antonym, just say, "Alexa, give me a synonym for the word nice" or "Alexa, what's antonym for the word disturbed."
Learning a foreign language
On its own, Alexa only understands English, Spanish, German, Italian and Japanese, so it does not work.
The responses I get depends on my device. I asked Alexa something like, "Alexa, say 'Come with me, right now,' in Mandarin," and it gave me the proper translation on my iPhone Alexa app. On my echo Dot ($ 30 at Amazon) it did not give me the translation. The Alexa app did not give it to me though, and that Echo Dot could not.
To work around Alexa's language skill limitations, use the third-party service Daily Dose. Just say, "Alexa, open daily can" to learn one or more of its 34 different languages. It wants to ask what language you want to learn. From there, just ask, "What languages are there?" and it wants to give a comprehensive list.
Computer science help
Microsoft PowerPoint and Word. Today, kids are learning advanced languages like HTML and CSS. There are many Alexa skills that can hone your child's computer science ability.
Here's a list of a few computers quizzes and learning prompts to help students. Which is why I had to come up with science projects at the last minute. However, you do not have to.
I came across the Busy Hands on Amazon Echo ($ 90 at Amazon) . This tutorial guides you through the process of assembling a science project from scratch.
It's just about to be unlocked by a student and ranks them in order of difficulty. To get started, just say, "Alexa, open Busy Hands." Then, for example, say, "Alexa, what do I need to make slime?"
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