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The intersection of voice-first technology and education.

K-12. Higher ed. Professional and lifelong learning.


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7:30 AM - 8:30 AM


8:30 AM

Session #111


Bradley Metrock (CEO, Score Publishing; Host, This Week In Voice)

8:35 AM - 920 AM

Session #112


Voice in Education: How Did We Get Here? What’s Possible Today? Where Are We Headed?

Ian Freed (CEO and Founder, Bamboo Learning)

What can educators do with voice? Why do kids love voice technology? How can voice technology be used to reinforce learning? Can Alexa help connect teachers with parents and kids? And as an educator, how do I get started with voice technology? Come get answers to these questions and more, along with a deep demo dive on Bamboo Learning’s 4 Alexa skills for education: Bamboo Music, Bamboo Math, Bamboo Books, and Highlights Storybooks from Bamboo.

9:25 AM - 10:00 AM

Session #113

Going Voice-First In K-12: Using Alexa To Improve Student Outcomes

Julie Daniel Davis (Director of Instructional Technology & Innovation, Chattanooga Christian School)

How are K-12 educators using voice speakers in the classroom? Julie Daniel Davis will share what she has experienced at her own school and seen across the country. The benefits of using voice speakers in the K-12 environment include equity of access, communal-based research that does not lead to off-task behavior, and the ability to personalize usage for specific classroom instruction. Julie believes voice speakers offer much potential for K-12 education setting, but will also discuss the concerns she has regarding access and student privacy.

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Coffee Break / Networking

10:30 AM - 10:55 AM

Session #121

Educational Publishing And Voice Assistants: Opening New Possibilities

Matt Keller (VP Business Development, Capstone)

Learn how K-8 educational publisher, Capstone, has entered the Voice First market. What did they learn in this first venture? Are schools ready for smart speakers? 

10:55 AM - 11:25 AM

Session #122

New Life For Liberal Arts: Emerson College Embraces Voice-First Technology

Sanjay Pothen (Director, Emerson Launch Entrepreneur Track, Emerson College)

After the waves of print, web, and mobile, the world is moving back to voice. In a field that is surrounded by engineers, coders, and tech developers - learn how Emerson College is leading the conversation on voice creative and design. Sanjay Pothen will delve into how liberal arts degrees are claiming their space in the industry, the importance of communication and the arts in turning voice technology into a human experience, and what initiatives Emerson is taking to prepare and engage our students for a voice-enabled world.

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Session #123

Creating 1-2-3 Math: What I Learned In Creating A Top Educational Voice Experience

Shanthan Kesharaju (Founder, Sermo Labs)

We are in exciting times where we are able to finally communicate with machines, the same way we do it with humans. In this session, the audience will get a chance to understand our journey from the Jacquard Loom to Amazon Alexa and how enchanted machines built on Artificial intelligence and skills like 1-2-3 Math are transforming the ways we learn. 

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM


12:45 PM - 1:10 PM

Session #130

Fireside Chat with

Tanya Chopp (Marketing Manager,

Moderated by Bradley Metrock (Host, This Week In Voice), Tanya Chopp will speak to how supports higher education and professional learning initiatives, and how the company views the future of voice tech and AI becoming more integrated with modern educational efforts.

1:10 PM - 1:35 PM

Session #131

Question Of The Day: Educational Methodology Behind Voice Experiences

Sarah Andrew Wilson (Chief Content Officer,

Two of the highest rated and most popular voice apps on Amazon Alexa -- Question of the Day and Kids Quiz -- are educational voice games. Learn how has made informal learning fun for all ages, by focusing on high quality content and incorporating a social element into voice apps.

1:35 PM - 2:00 PM

Session #132

Voice-Enabling Your Curriculum: What's Possible Right Now

Garrick Gauch (Partner, MadValley Labs)

Garrick will introduce a brand new digital voice company for educators. With Voicelets, teachers are now able to create their own voice-enabled quizzes, class notes, or study supports for their students to access via Voice AI devices. Teachers can set up and deploy a single quiz or voicify their entire curriculum, simply and easily with no coding skill required. Included: a demonstration of the Voicelets platform, along with learnings from early programming with professors and students at Emerson College.

2:00 PM - 2:25 PM

Session #133

How Educators Can Use Flash Briefings To Complement Curriculum And Learning

Daniel Hill (IT Projects, Columbia University Medical Center)

In this session, you'll learn what Flash Briefing is and why it matters ... then how to use Flash Briefings to update parents/students of news, daily homework, upcoming tests, and more. We'll even discuss how to get free hosting for your Flash Briefing, and automate the process so you can batch record and post.

2:25 PM - 2:45 PM

Networking Break

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM

Session #141

The Implications of Voice and AI on Literacy

Melody Furze (Director of Educational Development, Novel Effect)

This presentation will focus on using voice interactive technology for literacy learning in the classroom and community. Using Novel Effect's unique platform for enriched and multimodal learning experiences fosters engagement and creates unique ways to integrate tech into the learning environment. We will discuss implications for diverse groups of learners and show some of the exciting learning tools currently in development. 

3:15 PM - 3:35 PM

Session #142

Collecting Data by Voice

Stuart Crane (CEO, Voice Metrics)

One of the most important functions in education and learning is to collect data and information, in a timely and accurate manner. And if it can be done in a convenient and hands-free way, all the better. Voice can assist greatly in this function, and this session will discuss ways to collect data by voice for various education applications.

3:35 PM - 4:00 PM

Session #143

Voice and Higher Ed: A Page Out Of University of Washington's #Edu Playbook

Mike Doane (Senior Lecturer, University of Washington)

Nick Laidlaw (CTO, Voicify)

With conversational marketing and voice experience continuing to proliferate the digital world, the need for educated professionals in this space is also on the rise.  The University of Washington has established a curriculum for by which students can evaluate conversational needs, generate strategy, and execute.  Professor Doane will review the syllabus, describing the activities the students undergo.  Nick Laidlaw will then highlight elements of the platform which enable rapid prototyping, even in a quarter-based system, and deployment of the voice app within leading voice assistant platforms. This allows for real world distribution and an understanding for the students of an ongoing management cycle.

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


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