Getting Ready for Back To School with Amazon Echo and Echo Dot

If you know me, then you know that I love trying out new technology. Anything that can help simplify my life or help me stay organized is welcomed in my life. So when we were invited to try out the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot we had to say yes!

I am not sure why we had not gotten one of these before. They are amazing! Alexa, the brain behind the Echo and Echo Dot is built in the cloud, so it is always getting smarter. Your Echo device is always connected, ready to help keep you organized and answer your questions with simple voice commands.

Getting Ready for Back To School with Amazon Echo and Echo Dot

Alexa can help set up your morning routine, check your calendar for appointments, check morning traffic, news, weather, send you reminders, order items directly from, play your favourite music, and so much more.  It truly feels like you have your own personal assistant you can bug all day long.  No attitude or talk back to worry about, besides, you can even ask Alexa to tell you a joke. Ha!

Getting Ready for Back To School with Amazon Echo and Echo Dot


Getting Ready for Back To School with Amazon Echo and Echo Dot

I set up my Echo in my kitchen, and I love that it blends in with the room, doesn’t stick out, and it is right in the heart of our home where most of our school prep will be happening in September. You can get different colour sleeves for your device to match your own space as well. I can’t wait to use Alexa to help me stay on top of things and set up my back to school routine.

Getting Ready for Back To School with Amazon Echo and Echo Dot

The Echo Dot is now living in my office. I love that it is always ready to help schedule my calendar and I use it to help me create shopping lists as well. I have started a back to school shopping list already, and I just add new items whenever I remember something new. I also love that I can tell it to play my favourite podcasts or music playlists while I work, all with voice commands.

Getting Ready for Back To School with Amazon Echo and Echo Dot

Getting Ready for Back To School with Amazon Echo and Echo Dot

Below are just a few things Alexa can help with during back to school preparation:

  • “Alexa, give me a back-to-school tip.”
  • “Alexa, what’s the forecast today?”
  • “Alexa tell everyone, the bus is here.”
  • “Alexa, what’s on my calendar today?”
  • “Alexa, order colouring crayons.”
  • “Alexa, set the alarm for the first day of school.”

The Amazon Echo and Echo Dot are available on, and they ship free with one-day delivery for Prime members.

If you are looking for some extra help getting organized for back to school, I recommend you get help from Alexa. She is always free and happy to help!

Getting Ready for Back To School with Amazon Echo and Echo Dot

Disclosure: This is a partnered post with Amazon. However, all opinions and views on this post are 100% my own.

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Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!
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19 responses to “Getting Ready for Back To School with Amazon Echo and Echo Dot”

  1. Diana Lee — August 13, 2018 @ 11:50 am (#)

    Cool! I may have to get an Echo to help with my schedule organization. It can get chaotic when you have three kids, a dog and a cat LOL

  2. Teresa Donnessey — August 13, 2018 @ 9:23 pm (#)

    These look very cool! I would love to try it to keep track of our busy schedule 🙂

  3. Janette Shearer — August 13, 2018 @ 11:22 pm (#)

    We have a google home and a mini in our house. I use ours the same way you do, it’s been so helpful! I’d love to see you do a comparison and which one you love more!

  4. Alaina Monster — August 14, 2018 @ 3:20 pm (#)

    This sounds so handy for back to school. I love how you can send messages through it… saves me from having to tell them through the house 😅😂

  5. Heydy Lopez — August 15, 2018 @ 12:09 pm (#)

    Would also love to see a comparison of Alexa and Google home! I like Alexa’s voice hehehe

  6. Miriam Wilton — August 16, 2018 @ 10:42 pm (#)

    we love our Alexa! making shopping lists, checking the weather, sending voice messages to grandma and grandpa, asking how many days till christmas and endless (and i mean endless) knock knock jokes.

    i often find myself asking alexa things in the car…….. i need alexa in my car lol

  7. Danilo — August 17, 2018 @ 12:42 pm (#)

    Would be interesting a comparison between Alexa e Google home.

    PS: Are her jokes funny? xD

  8. Carole — August 18, 2018 @ 12:25 pm (#)

    These look really nice and I love you can change the sleeve to match your decor. I love fun technology, pretty cool!

  9. Jenn e — August 18, 2018 @ 5:00 pm (#)

    An Echo has been on my wAn Echo has been on my wish list for a while now! Back to school time is a great time to get one for sure… !

  10. Lynda Cook — August 19, 2018 @ 7:52 am (#)

    I would love to get myself one of these, my husband is always asking me to google something, he would be able to just ask Echo then!!

  11. Calvin — August 19, 2018 @ 10:30 am (#)

    Glad to have an echo dot. I am happy they have service for alexa in Canada now

  12. Jenny B — August 19, 2018 @ 4:29 pm (#)

    I just love the size of the Echo Dot. I’d love one in our office too.

  13. Lisa L — August 19, 2018 @ 5:43 pm (#)

    I too love how it blends in almost seamlessly in your kitchen. I actually did not know you could buy sleeves for the Echo! Another big plus.

  14. kristen visser — August 22, 2018 @ 10:04 am (#)

    This is what hubby wants! these things are too cool. im thinking about getting it for him for Christmas … unless he buys it for himself before that lol

  15. LisaM — September 1, 2018 @ 9:24 am (#)

    We love our echo. It’s so helpful!

  16. mrdisco — September 4, 2018 @ 10:35 am (#)

    i love these smart speakers

  17. AD — September 11, 2018 @ 11:35 am (#)

    I love technology and I especially think that the Amazon Echo and similar products are amazing and innovative, but I have been apprehensive about privacy and security concerns related to these products. I want to get one, but will wait a bit longer… Thanks!

  18. Kristi — September 14, 2018 @ 7:55 pm (#)

    I love the idea of being able to always have music on hand!

  19. Elizabeth Matthiesen — March 8, 2019 @ 6:51 am (#)

    My son, in England, has one of these and he loves it, even regulates the room temperature with it. He programmed it last summer whilst I was there, to make an announcement every single hour, whilst he and his wife were at work. Things like “Remember to eat your vegetables”, “Fruit is good for you”, “Time for a coffee” etc etc. LOL

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