Saturday, August 10, 2013

Robots in Schools

In this article by USA Today, a new robot named Projo was created by Sandra Okita at Columbia University to try and help children who need tutors. Okita says children benefit from having a person with them to help monitor their progression or track a mistake during homework. Projo would be doing just that, but rather than a human tutor will be a robotic tutor for young kids. The robot can look at the same problems as the child and take turns solving the math problems with the child. What I think is fantastic about Projo is that Okita says the robot can help track a child's progress and help them self correct. I do think Projo is limited though in that a robot will not be able to use teaching analogies like human tutors can in trying to help students learn from their mistakes and understand concepts.

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