Role of smart speakers in online learning

Enter the world of smart speakers. With COVID-19 at its peak across the world, schools are now imparting education via Televisions and other video conferencing platforms. In this format, students will be sitting in front of their laptops and watch the sessions. Moreover, students will be able to interact with their teachers and other students well digitally. Initially, students faced difficulties but now they have adapted to this method. The only problem with online learning is that students will have to sit in front of their digital devices for an extended time.

Even though this method works, there are other ways by which students can learn without using Televisions and laptops. It is in this scenario, the importance of smart speakers comes into the picture. With the help of smart speakers, students will be able to learn just by using their voices. They can not only learn the basic aspects but also keep themselves entertained via music. In this article, we will examine the role of smart voice assistant speakers in online learning.

The smart speakers include products loaded with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Siri. While Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant-powered speakers are popular across the world, the market share of Apple Siri enabled speakers are less because of the pricing and availability factors. As a student, you can ask questions and fetch answers.

For example, if you would like to know the capital of USA, you can ask a query like “Hey Google, what’s the capital of USA” in case if you are using Google assistant. In the same way, you can ask something like “Alexa, what’s the capital of USA” if you work with Amazon Alexa enabled speaker. The relevant device will render the output correctly in a voice fixed by you.

You should note that punctuation marks are not relevant since you are delivering queries via voice. It is to be noted that smart speakers are not a substitute to learning. The speakers won’t solve problems related to Physics, chemistry, and Maths. However, students can use smart speakers to gather answers to common questions including stories, rhymes, and music. If you are bored after learning, you can listen to music as well. Initially, you will find it difficult to interact with the smart speaker because the voice assistant will take time to recognize your voice. Alexa is very quick to recognize if you just say”Alexa”. The big billion question here is that – How can you interact with these smart voice assistants? Well. You can either make use of your smartphone or dedicated speakers. Let’s examine them in detail.

Smartphones

Nowadays, smartphones are shipped with integrated Google Assistant. You will find the microphone on the extreme right-hand side of the Google search bar of your handset. You should select the microphone and ask queries. You need not have to invoke “Hey google” phrase like smart speakers. If you are not willing to invest in a dedicated smart speaker, you should consider using Google Assistant right from your smartphones. Xiaomi also embedded Amazon Alexa previously with their Redmi Note devices but wasn’t much popular.

Amazon Echo Dot (4th generation)

If you intend to purchase a smart speaker, you should consider Amazon Echo Dot (4th Generation). The 3rd generation is also available for sale on Amazon but the 4th generation is the latest. Amazon has changed the design of the speaker with enhanced bass. The Echo Dot (4th Generation) is now available in a refreshed design with the capability to deliver loud and crispy sound. You can listen to music via Amazon Prime Music, Spotify, JioSaavn, Gaana, Apple Music, and Hungama Music in several Indian languages. You will be able to make use of your voice to manage lights, ACs, TVs, and other appliances. As part of Diwali, Amazon is throwing away accessories like smart lights, plugs at discounted prices. The Echo Dot is designed to protect your privacy with a microphone off button. The Echo Dot consists of 4 microphones and hence you can even talk to Alexa from the bed during early morning. The speaker will enter low power mode when you are not working with the speaker. As part of the Diwali offers, you can purchase Echo Dot (4th Generation) for Rs 3249 instead of the retail price of Rs 4499.

Buy Amazon Echo Dot (4th generation)

Echo Flex

Amazon Echo Flex is identical to that of the Echo Dot except for the fact that it can be connected directly to a power socket. Moreover, the quality is the speaker is less when compared with Echo Dot. However, you can connect an external speaker via AUX cable or Bluetooth connectivity. Amazon is giving away Echo Flex only for Rs 999 if you purchase via your existing Echo smart speakers. You just need to say “Alexa, buy Echo Flex Device” and Alexa will automatically add the Echo Flex to your shopping cart. You can then complete the purchase from either mobile app or PC. The discount will be applied during the checkout process.

Buy Amazon Flex at discounted price

Google Nest Mini

The Google Nest Mini is powered by Google Assistant and is 2x stronger than Google Home Mini. The smart speaker is wall mount ready with the ability to play music and management of smart devices. The speaker now provides support for both English and Hindi. You will be able to play music via Gaana, JioSaavn, YouTube Music. It is also possible to set timers and alarms. The product package consists of Google Nest Mini, Power Adapter, Cable, and documentation cable. Flipkart is offering the speaker for Rs 3999 and the price will reduce during special deal days. You should watch out for the deal during the upcoming Flipkart Big Diwali Days.

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3 Comments

  • I had attended one art workshop online and i was so bored sitting in front of the phone for so long… I should have got this idea to just listen and try things out. Thanks for sharing..

  • This is interesting
    So. Many gadgets to rely on. Technology has really changed the way we now read and learn.

  • wonderful online learning blog, love to learn from it. gracias

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