Pearson Unveils New Alexa Skill for Revel App
Education publisher Pearson has introduced a free Alexa Skill for Revel, its digital learning environment. According to Pearson, who pride themselves as “the world’s learning company,” the Revel skill allows students to learn and study on their terms. “People are turning to Amazon Alexa to listen to music, check the weather and news, and get reminders,” said Tim Bozik, President of Global Product at Pearson. “Now they can use this familiar virtual assistant to support their learning in a way that fits how they live.”
Revel App Key Features
- Full audio of text for most courses
- Complete assignments from device
- Vocabulary study tools
- Highlighting and note taking tools
- Offline access
- Reminders and notifications
VOICE EDUCATION SLOWLY CHANGING THE FUTURE OF LEARNING
Earlier this year Voicebot reported on the updated number of Google Assistant Actions and the ”Education and Reference” category was at the top of the list with just over 15% of all listed Actions. Useful education apps for teachers and students must be versatile, functional and easy to access, allowing users to conveniently pick up where they left off.
In 2006 Google launched G Suite for Education, free Google apps tailored specifically for schools. Some of the apps include Gmail, Hangouts, Docs, Sheets, and Slides. However, the only app that is Google Assistant enabled is Google Calendar. This is very surprising as Google expanded its education services in 2014 by introducing Google Classroom. For now, students and teachers have to utilize voice-compatible apps outside of the Google umbrella.
Relatively new to the education software space, Bamboo Learning launched last year with a mission to teach children and adults using voice-based devices. The company was founded by former Amazon Executive Ian Freed and thirty-year veteran of curriculum development and teaching, Irina Fine. Together their focus is in Alexa skill development, for which they’ve created four skills thus far: Math, Music, Books and a collaboration with Highlights Storybooks.