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The Amazon Alexa EdTech Skills Challenge is now open!

Enter the Amazon Alexa EdTech Skills Challenge to submit your great idea for how Amazon Alexa can help your education technology product better serve students, teachers, administrators, or parents. In collaboration with SXSW EDU, this contest is designed to find the best application of voice technology in education and is open to all US-based education technology companies.

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AWS Field Trips Expand to Global AWS Summits with AWS Educate

As part of our commitment to making science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and careers accessible to students, we host AWS Field Trips to engage young students with cloud technology. Three years ago, the AWS Field Trip program started at AWS re:Invent to inspire and engage middle school students to pursue STEM education and careers by exposing them to fun, hands-on engagements with technology. Since then, the program has scaled to Madrid, Spain, and Ottawa, Canada, reaching middle school students globally. This year, AWS Field Trips are expanding to several 2019 AWS Summits globally, reaching more students and providing a pathway for continued learning through AWS Educate.

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How to Get Started with Alexa Skill Blueprints for Higher Education

Earlier this year, we announced Alexa Skill Blueprints, a way for anyone to create a variety of Alexa skills for personal use by just filling in the blanks. Now, we are adding the ability to publish skills created using Alexa Skill Blueprints to the Alexa Skills Store, so tens of millions of Alexa customers can discover, use, and review your skill. These new tools for content creators enable organizations to reach anyone with an Alexa-enabled device, simply by adding their content into an Alexa Skill Blueprint.

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Alexa for All: Saint Louis University Students Receive Virtual Personal Assistants in Their Rooms

Saint Louis University (SLU) will become the first university to bring virtual personal assistants into every student residence on its campus and to equip them with a private, SLU-specific skill through Alexa for Business. This fall, SLU plans to place more than 2,300 Amazon Echo Dots in residence hall rooms and student apartments.

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Hey Alexa, Can You Enhance Education?

At the University of Oklahoma, we asked ourselves: Can Amazon Alexa help engage college students and enhance their educational experience? How will students utilize voice technology as they graduate and move into their careers? Within the University of Oklahoma IT department, we aim to affect the student experience on campus in more ways than just delivering technology. We have found that the more a student is engaged on campus, the more likely they are to graduate. Technology innovation, like Alexa, will play a major role in that mission.

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Arizona State University Brings Voice-Technology Program to Campus

Arizona State University, with support from the Amazon Alexa team, has created a voice-technology program on campus designed to enhance students’ ASU experience by giving them touch-free access to information and services tailored to campus living — and prepare them to become leaders in voice-technology development. As part of the effort, engineering students moving into […]

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