I’m here to confidently predict that Amazon's $229.99 Echo Show will revolutionize higher education.
With the Echo Show, higher education will finally be able to:
- Allow students to ‘drop in’ with their professors using the video chat feature from the professors home, 24/7/365.
- Lower educational costs, by replacing ‘live’ adjunct faculty in classrooms with instructors teaching across multiple campus locations via the Echo Show from locations with lower faculty labor costs.
- Shift our Massively Open Online Course participation from computers, iPads, and phones - and to the Echo Show.
- Replace student “seat time” with Echo Show time, as students gain the option of leaving the devices in lecture halls, participating in classes remotely.
- Dynamically track and adjust the adaptive learning environments based on facial expression recognition and voice stress/ emotional analysis through the Echo Show always-on cameras and microphones.
- Eliminate paper textbook sales, as digital learning materials are delivered directly to dorm rooms through Echo Show devices that are bundled with tuition and superglued to each residence hall desk.
- Automatically release badges and alternative credentials based on demonstrated expertise that is algorithmically verified through always-on Echo Show cameras / microphones working with Amazon Cloud Services.
- Apply for admission to postsecondary institutions by voice, using the newly built Amazon Common Application Echo Show application.
- Visit your alma mater’s Second Life campus from every room in your home by voice command.
- Monitor your children in their dorm rooms through the always-on video and audio feeds.
Amazon does not know it yet, but with the Echo Show they have built a digital education device that will change everything.
Where do you see the Amazon Echo Show disrupting the postsecondary status quo?