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Robotic Assistants Aid Human Teachers In The Classroom

The Korean Ministry of Knowledge Economy has been implementing robotic assistants within primary school classrooms, using them to aid children as they...

Kyle Studstill
Kyle Studstill on March 29, 2010.

The Korean Ministry of Knowledge Economy has been implementing robotic assistants within primary school classrooms, using them to aid children as they learn English. The pilot program ran for 8 weeks beginning in late December last year, resulting in notable improvement in speaking ability, motivation, and interest in learning English among students. The autonomous robots take advantage of ever-advancing speech recognition technology to engage with students, controlled remotely by teachers when adjustments are necessary. The New York Times notes that “a South Korean government report said students like the robots because they never get angry or make sarcastic remarks — unlike their human counterparts.”

[via NYT]

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Kyle Studstill is a regular contributor to PSFK.com. Kyle works as a consultant working at the New York office of PSFK. His background is in analysis, from the analysis of cultural and technological change, to analysis of consumer and human insight, to military intelligence analysis with the US Intelligence and Security Command. Kyle loves the future, much like O'Brien from Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.

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