The pandemic is forcing us to rethink everything, even how we teach. What if robots are the future of education?
This content was published on March 1, 2021 – 15:39
Thymio, Lexi, Elias, Pepper, Nao, Anastasia, Kaspar: they could be your child’s new classmates. They are diligent but not competitive, they know a lot but are not arrogant, they learn from others while helping them to learn. But instead of being flesh-and-blood children, they have a metal heart and an electronic brain. They are robots and are mainly used in education and schools.
According to forecasts, the market for educational robots is set to expand significantly in the coming years. The growing demand for collaborative robots in education and industry could also reverberate in the creation of new jobs.
In addition, the Covid-19 pandemic and school closures could significantly drive the long-term development of the educational robotics market.
But what’s special about these intelligent machines? Robots in schools and universities can act as responsive mentors and assist students and teachers through more interactive teaching that encourages sociability rather than isolation. A robot can become such a developed physical, social and emotional interface that it can read children’s facial expressions.