Learn how you can engage students with new technologies while implementing Design Thinking methodologies with your students as they each design, build, test and iterate their own Voice Assistants on Amazon Alexa.


Time: 7 hours (9am - 4pm)

Date: Wednesday, April 8th 2020

NESA Approved: Yes!

Why Voice Assistants?

Many devices we use every day use voice assistants. They’re on our smartphones and inside smart speakers in our homes. Many mobile apps and operating systems use them. Additionally, certain technology in cars, as well as in retail, education, healthcare, and telecommunications environments, can be operated by voices.

Building a Voice Assistant involves teaching students a wide range of skills including grammar (how do users structure their requests and queries), Design thinking (empathising, designing, testing and iterating) and understanding new Cloud technologies.

Why this course?

The Coder Academy workshops are hands-on experiences that showcase the power of design, coding, and iteration.

Voice Assistants are everywhere! Whether it’s Google Assistant in your phone or Alexa in your home, it's clear Voice is the next user interface. Now you can use a variety of tools and learn how to design voice apps using Amazon Alexa to make your very own virtual assistant. Apply these skills across almost any KLA to have your students create interactive project-based solutions to curriculum projects. 

This workshop is hands-on with attendees building their first basic voice application in just one day! Over the day we will cover everything needed to design, prototype and test your own assistant using Amazon Alexa.

Topics include:

  • Identifying projects that lend themselves to Voice design
  • Exploring the Design Thinking process to deeply identify with your audience
  • Mapping and role-playing voice interactions
  • Voice design terminology
  • Coding voice interactions
  • Making your app available on your Alexa enabled device

Participants will receive:

  • Course Materials for each session
  • Their own Amazon Alexa Spot to code on and keep!
  • Access to all course materials via our LMS Canvas
  • A wide range of teaching resources and activities
  • Morning and afternoon tea on the day

Target Audience

  • Secondary School teachers
  • STEM/STEAM Specialists
  • Teachers Aides

What will I need to bring?

All you’ll need to bring is your tablet or laptop to take notes.

Completing Voice Interface Design with Alexa will contribute 7 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 2.1.2, 4.5.2 and 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient, Highly Accomplished or Lead Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


Start Date

End Date

Wednesday, 08 Apr 2020


9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Level 3, 118 Walker Street

North Sydney, NSW 2060

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