1. Set up the Echo device with a new Amazon account that’s only used for the classroom
2. Keep the Echo device muted when not in use
This is easily explained as the same as putting away the iPad or Chromebook when not in use.
3. Use an Alexa remote
This has been called a game-changer by teachers. New or refurbished, it’s worth the small investment. It removes background noise, allows teachers to speak in a quiet voice to activate Alexa, and most importantly, allows for use with the Echo device muted.
4. Regularly delete voice recordings - choose the way that suits you
Manual deletion - use Alexa reminders to prompt you e.g. “Alexa, remind me to delete voice recordings every Friday at 3:30pm”.
Delete on your smartphone.
Open the Alexa app > Menu (top left) > Settings > Alexa Privacy> Review Voice History > select the Date Range (e.g. All History) > Tap “Delete All Recordings”
Delete by voice.
First, you enable this ability: Open the Alexa app > Menu (top left) > Settings > Alexa Privacy> Review Voice History > turn on “Enable deletion by voice”.
Now you can delete recordings by saying, "Alexa, delete what I just said" or "Alexa, delete everything I said today."
Open the Alexa app > Menu (top left) > Settings > Alexa Privacy > Manage your Alexa Data > Automatically delete recordings, and select the time frame (3-months or 18-months).
5. Turn off Automatic voice recognition
Open the Alexa app on your smartphone or tablet > Menu (top left) > Settings > Alexa Account > turn off Automatically recognize voices
Now enjoy the benefits of quick, convenient voice technology aiding you in your day, with commonsense privacy steps!
Added tip: Here are our classroom-ready setting recommendations such as turning off voice purchases.