1. Set up your Echo
We recommend using the Alexa app on a smartphone to set up your Echo (it’s easier).
2. Set up your AskMyClass account
Click for the AskMyClass signup
3. Practice without your students first
Try these phrases:
Alexa, what is the weather?
Alexa, flip a coin.
Alexa, sing Happy Birthday.
Alexa, sing a song.
Then try these phrases:
Alexa, ask Class Picker for a planet.
Alexa, ask my class to line up.
Alexa, ask my class to dance.
Alexa, ask my class to rotate.
If you are able to get responses to the first set of commands, but not the second set of commands, use this guide to check that the AskMyClass apps are linked to your Echo.
4. Change some settings in the Alexa app
Sign in to Alexa.amazon.com with the Amazon account linked to your classroom Echo.
Open the Menu > Settings
Turn off Voice purchasing
In Settings > scroll to Alexa Account > select Voice Purchasing > turn off “Purchase by Voice”
Turn on Explicit Filter for Music
In Settings > scroll to Alexa Preferences > select Music & Media > under Account Settings, select Explicit Filter > turn on Explicit Filter
5. (Optional) Choose your wake word
The wake word is the word that activates your speaker. By default this is “Alexa”. However, if a student’s name sounds like Alexa, you can pick from 3 other wake words.
Open Menu > Settings > select your device name > scroll down to General > select Wake word > choose your wake word and click Save.
6. Print these phrase cards and posters & check out our toolkit
Our toolkit has a week-by-week guide to smoothly integrate Alexa into the classroom along with other printable materials that you may find useful.