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Alexa Skills: Build Your Own Quizzes

Another great idea has come to the Alexa interface.

There have been many “flashcard” or “quiz” type apps come to the Alexa platform, enabling the voice assisted device to deliver knowledge and learning for various topics. But, each of these have been very topic specific. Now, a new Alexa skill called, Flash Card Quiz, looks to make the quiz skills even more useful.

Flash Card Quiz is different from the rest in that its tied to a backend web site where you can create your own quizzes – or flashcards. Create a new flashcard deck on the web site, name it the flashcard deck, and then when you enact the Alexa skill you can select that specific deck. Additionally, it will store each flashcard deck that is created enabling users of the skill/website to share knowledge through created decks. Pretty neat – but I can definitely see a bunch of crappy, off-topic and unsuitable (for kids) quizzes made available. We’ll have to see how the creator handles this.

But, still, imagine being able to create a special, specific flashcard deck for your kids upcoming school exam or quiz – Alexa becomes an immediate teaching tool.

For testing I created a new 10 question flashcard deck with some difficult questions about the Seinfeld TV show. If you’re a Seinfeld fan, you should get these – but if you’re not, you’ll definitely learn something. I created the flashcard deck and shared it so anyone can access it. To access the Seinfeld quiz the flashcard phrase you’ll use is: seinfeld ten questions

Where to get it: You can locate Flash Card Quiz Skill in the Amazon Alexa app, enable it using your voice, or use the following web link: Flash Card Quiz

The accompanying web site (where you create your custom decks) is located at: https://flashcardquiz.com/

The skill/app is in beta – so keep in mind there are some quirks. For example, every time you open the skill you have to sit through an explanation of how the skill works. Additionally, it took a few times before Alexa actually recognized by flashcard phrase.

Alexa is available for Amazon devices Echo, Dot, Tap, Fire tablets, and Fire TV, but also on iOS, Android, and the web with Reverb.ai.


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