Decisions for Kids – VOGO Voice is excited to announce one of our education-focused Alexa skills, Decisions for Kids has been selected as one of only six finalists for the Amazon Alexa EdTech Skills Challenge, taking place at SXSW-EDU. Read along and learn about this engaging and educational skill we will be presenting in 2020 in Austin, Texas.
What is the Decisions for Kids skill?
The Decisions for Kids skill provides a resource for teachers and parents to educate children on social studies and social situations with a variety of interactive ways to understand a given concept using Alexa voice and display devices. It provides a safe place to explore options and make decisions while learning about “Character, Strengths and Virtues” (CSV) that are designed for each age group.
What is the target audience for the Decisions for Kids skill?
The Decisions for Kids skill is intended for preschool and elementary school-age children up to fifth grade. It allows a safe space to freely explore topics and questions that help them make sense of the world. We envision children being able to explore CSV topics from living rooms, bedrooms, and as it becomes more popular, vehicles. It will help foster conversations between parents and their children and creates new ways for children to ask questions. With the addition of the voice profiles feature, families with multiple children will be able to have experiences tailored to them and their age level, all from the same devices and account.
Why “Decisions for Kids”?
Children do not become responsible overnight. They need to engage in opportunities to make daily decisions about concepts and principles that are respectful to the rights of individuals and the common good. The skill will adopt the “core virtues” approach to provide interactive, fun, and engaging learning courses.
The science behind our Core Virtues approach
The classification of character strengths and virtues presents a measure of humanist ideals of virtue empirically and scientifically. It identifies 6 core classes of virtue made up of 24 measurable “character strengths”. We find this structure very useful for the creation of an Alexa skill that can leverage this foundation. The six core virtues are: