Robot Teachers For Kindergartens In South Korea
Robotic assistants are being used to help teach English and gymnastics.
The Education Ministry of Korea has an ambitious goal, to have robotic instructors in all the kindergarten classes in the country by 2013. While this may seem a far-fetched aim, they are already working on it, with the cities of Masan and Daegu being the first ones to have robotic teachers in their elementary schools.
EngKey is one of the robots built for the classroom which teaches English by holding scripted conversations with the kids. Then there is Genibo, a robot dog that shows dance and gymnastic moves to the children. While these robotic instructors are currently performing only support roles for human teachers, they can also be used as a telepresence solution, so that any English speaker from around the world can teach in Korean classrooms through these robots.