Using Voice Technology for Learning

Did you know your Alexa and Google Home device can be use as a learning tool? That’s right! Join me as I talk to Irina Fine from Bamboo Learning. Irina shares some guidelines for selecting great Alexa skills for your kids. If you are wondering how to use Voice Technology for learning, you don’t want to miss this podcast episode! It’s packed full of great ideas and tips as Irina talks about how to naturally fold educational voice activated learning skills into your child’s day. 

I have been using voice technology in my home and work life for quite some time. It has revolutionized the way I work and learn! I was intrigued about the idea of using voice technology for kids. So, I explored the Alexa Skills and Google Actions available that parents could use with their kids to inspire learning. In my research, I learned about Bamboo Learning. I fell in love with their approach and building educational voice applications. Irina Fine, from Bamboo Learning has so much to share with us today about using voice applications with our kids.

Inspired by this podcast? Check out my list of Alexa Skills for Learning and Google Home Skills for Education!

Today’s Guest: Irina Fine, Co-Founder and Head of Content at Bamboo Learning

Irina Fine is a thirty-year veteran of curriculum development and teaching, having worked in public and private sector education in New York, Washington, DC, London, and Moscow.

Irina has been integral to multiple curriculum development projects in child literacy, music theory and performance, and linguistics, including a multi-year McGraw-Hill project linking assessment and instruction. She has extensive expertise in organizational and business strategy, having advised multiple clients in the field of technology as part of McKinsey & Company’s teams in London and New York.

Irina holds an undergraduate degree in Piano Performance and Music Education from the Arkhangelsk School of Music in Russia. She received her M.Ed. in Curriculum Development from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and was part of a post-graduate program in Comparative Education at New York University.


Here are a few things Irina and I discussed some ways to Use Voice Technology for Learning

  1. What are some guidelines parents should use when it comes to selecting Alexa skills for their kids?
  2. How can parents use Alexa skills to fold in some additional learning into their child’s day?
  3. Can you explain verifiable parental consent to those parents who might be concerned about privacy issues.
  4. What is the next most exciting thing technology has that we will be able to adapt and use for education?

I hope Irina’s suggestions gave you some practical ideas and ways for your family to integrate voice technology your everyday routine . Be sure to check out the links and resources below for the show. And, connect with Irina over at Bamboo Learning or on any of her social media platforms.

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  1. Bri on September 23, 2020 at 12:02 am

    I’m still getting used to Alexa and Bixby. Lol. Hopefully I’ll master it before my girls are in school to use it for learning too!!

    • Leah Nieman on September 23, 2020 at 2:29 am

      LOL…I’m amazed that kids seem to master it instantly.

      • Puja Kumari on September 23, 2020 at 6:02 pm

        We generally use Alexa to make things easier for us. Glad to know that we can also learn from it. Thanks for thr insights.

  2. Lourdes Gomez on September 23, 2020 at 12:10 am

    I don’t own an Alexa yet it’s something we’re considering next year. Glad to know I can use for my kids

    • Leah Nieman on September 23, 2020 at 2:21 am

      Oh you absolutely can use it for your kids. Alexa has lots of fun educational skills. Best of all, it’s a screen free activity.

  3. Sonia Seivwright on September 23, 2020 at 12:49 am

    I agree. Voice technology may be a great way to learn as you can ask as many questions as you want.

  4. Marysa on September 23, 2020 at 1:35 am

    This is an interesting tool to use in education. I am not too familiar with this and it is good to learn some more about it.

  5. Fatima Torres on September 23, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    This is an interesting concept for online learning. I think it helps more so with the little ones who aren’t as tech savvy,

  6. Forever Freckled Blog on September 23, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    Voice technology is so innovative! Absolutely love this. Thanks for sharing!

    • Leah Nieman on September 25, 2020 at 4:23 am

      You’re welcome. It is! Bamboo Learning released more amazing content this week. It’s so fun to watch voice technology for education grow.

    • Leah Nieman on September 25, 2020 at 4:23 am

      You’re welcome. It is! Bamboo Learning released more amazing content this week. It so fun to watch voice technology for education grow.

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