Robots help teach learners to think critically
Research published in the American Journal of Education and the Journal of Education Technology also highlighted current strategies to empower students and curb bullying. Below, graduate students Joshua Cholodenko, Erica Nelson, and Amy Cohen discuss how robots are helping students achieve both comprehension and empathy.
Robots can move beyond infrastructure to support learning in classrooms. Computer bots can be adopted to explore new questions or to help in student-teacher interactions, helping students to reflect and think critically.
One robot takes the form of a small robot that takes students into outer space. It was designed to explore ideas that would seem hard to grasp, such as the structure of a sphere, and help students gain understanding of issues like the “shape of the universe.”
Another robot of the same class, one that closely mimics a human brain, tours the room, conducts activity levels, and gives feedback on students’ responses. Its goal is to connect on a deeper level with students, and guide them through the classes.