If you're an innovative educator you might be wondering which device is best to set up your smart home or classroom. How do you decide which device is right for you? While all devices have other smart gadgets they can interact with, below are the basics to get you started on figuring out what will work best for you.
Amazon's Alexa Echo
You love: Amazon (opens in new tab)
Purchasing: Amazon (opens in new tab) is your go to place for purchasing
Books: You like Audible
Television: You like Firestick (opens in new tab)
Music: You like Amazon Music (opens in new tab)
You love: Google
Purchasing: You like Google Store (opens in new tab)
Books: You like Google Play Audio Books
Television: You like Chromecast (opens in new tab)
Music: You like Google Play Music, YouTube Music, and Spotify
Apple's HomePod with Siri
You love: Apple (opens in new tab)
Purchasing: Doesn't seem to have an online purchasing partner
Books: You like Apple Books / iBooks (opens in new tab)
Television: You like AppleTV (opens in new tab)
Music: You like iTunes (opens in new tab) and Apple Music (opens in new tab)
It all depends on the ecosystem you have bought into. If you love Apple, go for the HomePod with Siri. You'll get your Apple Music with great sound, but it's not as smart as the competitors. If you love the ease of Amazon, enjoy instant purchases, use Audible and Amazon Music, then Alexa is right for you. If you have bought into the Google ecosystem, use Google Books, Google Music, Spotify, or YouTube Music, and enjoy shopping on Google, then go with Google home.
If you use one platform, the nice thing is that all your devices can pick up where you left off and sync with one another. However, if you like of little of each, go cross-platform and use each with that which they're compatible.
Lisa Nielsen (opens in new tab) (@InnovativeEdu (opens in new tab)) has worked as a public-school educator and administrator since 1997. She is a prolific writer best known for her award-winning blog, The Innovative Educator (opens in new tab). Nielsen is the author of several books (opens in new tab)and her writing has been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times (opens in new tab),The Wall Street Journal (opens in new tab), Tech&Learning, and T.H.E. Journal (opens in new tab).