Week 8 Assignments

There will be a quiz on March 21. Questions will cover SSML, writing audio intros, editing on Audition, and VUI mapping among other topics.

EXTRA CREDIT: IF YOU WANT TO GAIN 5 EXTRA POINTS TO MAKE UP FOR MISSED HOME WORKS, SEE THE BOTTOM OF THIS MESSAGE.

Task 1. Readings/Viewings:

The Alexa Design Process

Read this page and watch 3 videos: How to Choose Projects for Voice; How to Design for Voice in 3 Steps; and How to Understand Intents.

https://developer.amazon.com/designing-for-voice/design-process/

Task 2. Shark Tank!

Prepare an in-class “pitch” for a skill you think the class should design. If you don’t have a good idea, you may “borrow” an idea from Julie. 

Requirements:

  1. The skill must somehow be related to California. (No skills on how to find a cafe in Paris!)
  2. The skill must solve a problem/fill a need.
  3. The skill must have journalistic value (topic ideas: crime, environment, politics, voting, health, etc.)

Each student will deliver a 10-15-minute presentation to the class. Your presentation will have 5 parts.

Part 1. Introduce your skill. Tell us: (1) what it does, (2) why you chose it, (3) what problem does it solve/what is the purpose of the skill (4) who are your customers for this skill and why will they want to use it (5) what will the person be doing before, during and after interacting with the skill? (6) what will people get from the skill that they cannot get another way (7) what is the name of your skill. SELL IT!

Part 2. Demonstrate how your skill will work with a recorded script. Write a sample script for the skill (see examples on The Alexa Design Process page). This sample script will give us an idea of how your skill will work. With a partner or friend, record this script. One person should play Alexa, and the other person will be the user. The scripts should show various pathways that a user could take in the skill. Record this script. Edit it to improve the audio, using tips from last week’s homework. We will listen to the audio in class.  Please upload your audio in advance to the WordPress site by 3pm Tuesday March 20. 

Part 3. Show us a map of your Skill. You should diagram the skill as we learned in class. Your diagram should show intents, and various pathways through the user experience. Walk us through the user flow. Use lucidchart.com or a similar site to diagram your skill. Please email a copy of this to julie at julie.makinen@gmail.com by 3pm on Tuesday, March 20.

Part 4. Explain the source of the content for your skill and describe the audio experience.  Does it draw on a news feed like AP or Twitter? Does it draw on a database or data set? Where will you get the information to “feed” your skill? Will it use Alexa voice and SSML? Will it be all audio recordings? Some mix?

Part 5. Questions and answers. You will take questions from your fellow students and the teaching team.

There will be prizes awarded for the best presentations. We will be voting on your presentations and using them to decide what skill(s) we are building when class resumes after spring break.

EXTRA CREDIT: USE THE AUDIO TRACKS WE RECORDED IN CLASS AND MIX YOUR STORY. THIS MEANS PUTTING THE INTRO, THE REPORTER VOICE AND THE QUOTES ALL TOGETHER IN ADOBE AUDITION. EXPORT IT AS AN MP3 AND UPLOAD TO THENEWREPORTER.COM. EMAIL KATHLEEN WITH ANY QUESTIONS.