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Alexa can help with homework too

Alexa: homework helper. A few ways that the iconic smart home speaker can help kids (and parents) struggling with homework.


Yes, Alexa can help you do a lot of things and one of those things is helping out with homework. But wait, isn’t that cheating? No. Not unless you’re asking while doing an exam at home...

Alexa can help with spelling and with math problems. It can help with translations and pronunciations in language classes. Alexa can also help with research and in double-checking your answers.

Even parents can benefit from this because let’s face it, our PEMDAS (or is it BEDMAS?) days are behind us. Do you even know what the E stands for? Alexa just informed us it’s exponents.

Here are a few ways Alexa can help with homework:

Mathematics:

Alexa won’t replace even a simple calculator, let alone a graphing calculator or Wolfram-Alpha, but it can help double-check relatively simple math problems for younger learners or define mathematical terms in relatively simple language.

  • Alexa, what is 42 to the power of 4
  • Alexa, what is seven plus six
  • Alexa, what is 34 divided by 3
  • Alexa, what is the Cosine of 67?
  • Alexa, define hypotenuse

Language: 

Alexa can correct pronunciation, do some basic translation or define language terms:

  • Alexa, how do you pronounce assuage (“as-wajhe.”) or How do you pronounce a-s-s-u-a-g-e nets the correct pronunciation.
  • Alexa, define assuage
  • Alexa, spell antidisestablishmentarianism
  • Alexa, how do you say refrigerator in Spanish?
  • Alexa, what is the French word for turtle?
  • Alexa, define active voice
  • Alexa, what is a preposition? 

Science

  • Alexa, How do I make slime / a volcano (for a science fair project)
  • Alexa, what is the periodic table element Au?
  • what is the atomic number of titanium?
  • how many protons in a carbon atom?
  • what is the atomic weight of silver?

You can ask Alexa just about anything. One benefit of making Alexa a homework helper is that you don’t have to open a new browser tab and risk falling down a Wiki rabbit hole; you just get the answer. 

That said, Alexa isn’t above providing a little diversion on a study break.

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Learn with Alexa

Challenge yourself and stay sharp between studies by getting Alexa to play Jeopardy! Just say “Alexa, open Jeopardy!” to get started and pick from six categories. Don’t forget to state your answer in the form of a question. Amazon Prime members can access additional clues. 

You can also say, “Alexa, play Millionaire Quiz Game” to test your general knowledge and learn some interesting facts with a multiple-choice game based on Who Wants to be a Millionaire.

While great for study breaks, both games are also a great idea for family game night… or to play randomly throughout the day.

Trivia with Alexa

There are a ton of free trivia game skills you can add to Alexa's repertoire. You can play Trivia Hero, answer daily questions from National Geographic, or participate in trivia games related to music, movies, or even your favorite TV shows. You can access themed trivia related to a musical era, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, or even The Office without adding any new skills. 

Say “Alexa, play [Harry Potter, tech, video game, bible or whatever you’re into or want to learn more about] trivia” to get started. If you do a bit of research you can also find games to play with people around the world, whether it be along the lines of true/false, trivia, puzzles, or games, the world is online and ready to play.

Get online

Alexa is the smart home brain and fast, reliable fiber internet is the smart home backbone. With multiple people online, you need a fast, reliable internet connection to work, study, and stream TV without interruption. Ting Internet is true fiber to the home internet access. Check your address to see whether Ting Internet is available in your neighborhood.

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