AT Tip of the Week: Geofenced Reminders Using Siri

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Hey Siri!  I have an iPhone and use Siri all the time to get directions and send texts.  She is also great at reminding me to do things.  You may know the feeling: You’re at home and think of something you need to do at work.  By the time you get to work, poof, gone!  You can’t remember what you were supposed to remind yourself to do.

Siri can help.  First, make sure that you have “work” and “home” listed in your contacts, under those names.  Be sure to include the address.

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Next time you need to remember to do something, talk to Siri.  By saying, “Hey Siri, when I get to work, remind to _____________”, she will alert you as soon as you arrive at that location (make sure you have notifications turned on for Reminders in your settings).  Pretty cool!

Even better, you can add a date, and even a time, to your reminder.  One of my favorites is, “Hey Siri, when I get home on Fridays at 6:00 pm, remind me to order the pizza.”

These geofenced reminders are a great help to me.  Imagine how they could be used to support students with disabilities.  This built in tool is available on iPhones and iPads.  It can be used to support executive function.  “Hey Siri, when I get to school, remind me to turn in my algebra homework.” Or, “Hey Siri, when I get home, remind me to check the photo I took of my social studies assignment.”

Kathryn Helland

Kathryn is a certified speech-language pathologist and works with children and adults with complex communication needs. She has been with the TechOWL team since 2015 and is currently working on her doctorate. She would like to examine how to best support AAC users in higher education.

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