Alexa: Why Can't Higher Education Have Nice Things?

| September 5, 2018

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First of all, full disclosure...I don't have an Amazon Echo*, Google Home, or Apple HomePod. I've never tried out a Google Home. The HomePod seems like a great speaker, but I can't stand Apple's Siri** (it's just awful). Although, Alexa on an Amazon Echo does work well as a music player.Okay, now that there's been some quick context-setting regarding my own experience with this tech, here's the crux of this post:It seems that higher education is currently fascinated with voice-based, virtual assistants (especially Amazon Alexa). And, as with almost every relatively new technology used by universities, pundits have come out in droves to opine about these virtual assistants.

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The mission of Vretta is to contribute to the transformation of mathematics education by designing and developing digital products that push the boundaries of technology innovation, raising the level of numeracy for every learner. Vretta’s products include interactive formative resources that break-down concepts into micro-steps for students to visualize, conceptualize, and engage with mathematics. Secure and robust engines house interoperable assessments and questionnaires for large-scale and in-class implementation on multiple devices. Teachers have real-time data visualizations to support individual and class student success and the capacity to customize the learning and assessment experience. Administrators have powerful dashboards with actionable data to make well-informed policy decisions to reduce equity gaps and raise attainment in their jurisdictions. Vretta’s products have been credited with prestigious awards in recognition of the successful implementation of its formative,

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