Role of Robots in Education
- Jun 05, 2014
Robot in the classroom is the latest buzz. Educators are beginning to experiment with how robots can add value to the classroom teaching. Research shows that robots paired with scientific software and curriculum are offering interesting new learning opportunities. As education and learning are moving beyond the acts of knowledge transmission towards the acts of exploration and creation, robot is gradually playing a key role in education. Kids not only love robots, but also that robot benefits them in the classroom.
Robots can demonstrate abstract concept
Kids often get confused with the abstract concepts in science, maths, design and technology and computer programming subjects. Therefore, some schools have started implementing the concept of robot teaching to demonstrate different STEM concept. The robot kit includes tablet, robotic arm, quadcopter, circular robot, spherical robot and lessons plans. Teachers use the tablet to operate the robots in the classroom. As the lessons and the software are already pre-loaded, teachers do not need any robotic knowledge or special programming to make it function.
Most importantly, teachers also use the power of visual learning to bridge the notion of ‘I am not a mathematical person’. They use their senses to understand it.For instance, quadcopter robots are also used by teachers while taking lessons about quadratic functions.Robots demonstrate what the equation means in real life by correlating the area viewed on a camera attached to the bottom, with the graph. The hands-on aspect helps students understand that they can manipulate the robot themselves with the right code.
Robots can increase engagement in classroom
According to study, children see technology as fundamentally ‘human’. They describe robot as reassuring and supportive. When robots are used as educational tool, students stop being passive targets of teaching methods and become active learning subjects. They show initiative, curiosity, independence and reduction in their learning time.When robots are used in the classroom, students are divided into small groups and this encourages the development of basic interpersonal skills and communication. The ability to convey complex ideas to fellow students is an important skill.
The use of robots in the classroom subconsciously encourages students towards better career paths that they may well have never been considered. Robotics is a perfect way to show students that classroom learning can be exciting and fun. Student’s willingness to engage, to collaborate and to work on a lesson as long as it takes to understand the content is a positive signs of learning.
Robots improve learning outcomes
The development of robotic curriculum strengthens the quality of STEM education by creating innovative teaching and learning strategies. This new educational technology also implements advanced and industry-approved hands-on expertise greatly valued by employers. The developed courses also cover the theoretical and practical knowledge required for technologists involved in the robotic industry. Students involved in these programs can be prepared for rewarding careers in robotic technology, computer controlled programming, robotic sales and much more to add.
Also the professional development of faculty members can be advanced through extensive training in robotics and automation. Training and certification will be provided by the industrial partners. This partnership can create a strong bond between academics and industry.
Robots can help autistic students learn better
Robots have no emotion. Therefore, autistic children find them less intimidating than their teachers and easier to engage with. Children with autism struggle to communicate effectively with the adults and with other children. However, they can for reason engage with the robots. Robots are knee-high and move like children. Teachers use them to teach phonics or play memory and imitation games with children aged from 5 to 10.
Moreover, robots are often used by teachers as a model for children’s behaviour. For instance, memory games, which encourage children to imitate robot’s movement and thereby help them become more engaged and motivated with learning. Studies shows that the majority of the autistic children find it easy to focus when instructed lessons through robots. When feel safe and are motivated, they can learn much better in such a situation.
With robots as the focus of discussion, a wide range of topics can be brought to life.
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