Tapping into the potential of AI smart speakers to boost parental engagement

A version of this post was originally published in Teach Secondary Magazine, July 2019.

Whether you love it or hate it, technology is here to stay — and continuously change our lives. Smartphones are sometimes smarter than their owners and the idea of people going to Mars moved away from sci-fi novels and into the realm of things that might happen in the not so distant future. Technological advancements made possible things people from just a few generations ago wouldn’t even consider dreaming about.

The internet connected not just every computer in the world; it connected people as well. We have stepped seamlessly into a world called the Internet of Things — a world of interconnected software and human interaction. More and more people now use virtual assistants in the form of smart speakers and their AI-powered software in an increasing number of aspects of their daily lives. Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana or Facebook’s M are just a few of the most notable such technologies.

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