can use virtual assistants like Alexa to control smart home devices, such as
lights, thermostats, and security systems. Here are some examples of smart home
devices that can be controlled with Alexa:

1.               Philips
Hue Smart Bulbs: With the Philips Hue skill, seniors can control their smart
light bulbs with Alexa. They can turn lights on and off, dim them, and even
change their colour.

2.             Nest
Thermostat: The Nest skill allows seniors to control their thermostats with
Alexa. They can set the temperature, adjust the schedule, and even turn the
thermostat off.

3.             Ring
Security System: With the Ring skill, seniors can control their Ring security
system with Alexa. They can arm and disarm the system, check the status of the
system, and even view live camera footage on an Alexa-enabled device.

4.              August
Smart Lock: With the August skill, seniors can control their smart lock with
Alexa. They can lock and unlock the door, check the status of the lock, and
even create temporary access codes for guests.

5.              Smart
Plugs: Seniors can use Alexa to control any smart plug, which can turn any
standard appliance or electronic device into a smart device. With smart plugs,
seniors can turn on and off devices like fans, coffee makers, and TVs with
their voice.

important to note that seniors may need assistance with the initial setup
process, as well as learning the specific commands for their smart home
devices. Additionally, not all smart home devices may be compatible with Alexa
or other virtual assistants, so seniors should check the compatibility of their
devices before purchasing them.

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I served as a teacher, a teacher on Call, a Department Head, a District Curriculum, Specialist, a Program Coordinator, and a Provincial Curriculum Coordinator over a forty year career. In addition, I was the Department Head for Curriculum and Instruction, as well as a professor both online and in person at the University of Phoenix (Canada) from 2000-2010.

I also worked with Special Needs students. I gave workshops on curriculum development and staff training before I fully retired

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