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How Siri will change our classrooms

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Michelle James

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Transcript of How Siri will change our classrooms

How Siri is Changing our Classrooms
by: Michelle James
October, 2013
ETEC 565M - Mobile Education
University of British Columbia
Masters of Educational Technology Program
What is Siri?
Siri is a virtual personal assistant that follows voice commands to perform actions on an Apple iPhone.
There are other types of digital assistants:
Google Now

S Voice
some affordances of Virtual Personal Assistants:
easily access software applications
automation of repetitive tasks
effective and efficient
hands free operation
Virtual Personal Assistants are becoming both human-like and beyond in that they:
can access unlimited information
have virtually unlimited memories
can "learn" through the use of innovative artificial intelligence algorithms to make the user's experience personal
At the annual Microsoft Research Summit in July 2013, co-founder Bill Gates said:
"Readily accessible floods of data, combined with powerful cloud computing and advances in software, should allow personal assistants to 'understand' what humans are doing and actively collaborate or help them out."
Computers that "think"?
Virtual assistants can make it incredibly easy to access information.
Siri and her "colleagues" could change the classroom forever.
Replace reference books
Less emphasis on memorization
Make learning accessible to more students
Transform the teacher's role
Evolve into "tutors"
Become a valuable language tool
Become a tool in mobile learning
Improve communication and collaboration
Pave the way for improved voice recognition apps
Boost reading skills
Facilitate oral examinations
Revolutionize online learning
Dharmendra Kanejiya, a language recognition software developer envisions...
"that the future of education will be 'very personalized,' letting people learn at their own pace. 'Mobile learning' will become a big trend, he thinks, and 'that is where the speech component will come in.' As he puts it, 'you can have a learning session spoken to you, it will ask you a question, and you can speak the answer.'"
Teachers will need to rethink their pedagogy...
There will be a shift from a focus on finding the answer as the endpoint to a greater focus on analysis.
Educators have to design questions that force students into drawing conclusions.
Lessons need to be designed with the assumption that students will use readily available technology, and build on prior knowledge.
How will Siri change
your classroom?

Most students in today's classrooms have some type of mobile virtual assistant on their smartphones.
Yet most students probaby aren't aware of the capabilities that these applications can offer them.
Greater use of these applications in the classroom will result in profound changes to teaching.
to name a few...
Sounds human-like, doesn't it?
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