Robot teachers have been given the thumbs up in South Korea, with a government report saying they have been a hit with pupils during a pilot project
The scheme saw robotic English teachers taking lessons in three elementary schools for eight weeks from last December, as well as robot-like machines teaching maths, science and art classes in ten Seoul schools from last November.
The teaching-bots were a combination of fully autonomous robots, which used voice-recognition software to understand what children are saying, and ‘telepresence’ robots, which are controlled remotely by a teacher who monitors the children via video cameras and microphones.
The government report said that the robot trials were a success. ‘The machines spurred creativity and had a positive influence on the attitude of students,’ one Ministry of Knowledge Economy official told the Yonhap news agency.
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