Kids can learn to write better while teaching robots?

Pedagogical researchers suggest that the best way to learn something is to learn while teaching. Psychologists also agree that children focus better in acquiring knowledge when they know that they have to explain the subject to someone else after learning. Overall, this technique helps in generating greater confidence and interest about the topic among children while they are learning.

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This may sound weird, but Swiss researchers have recently unveiled their concept in which human-robot interaction helps kids to learn. Several eyeballs were attracted towards International Conference of Human-Robot Interaction when École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne university’s researchers introduced their CoWriter project in March this year. The system is specifically designed to help children revise, and to improve their handwriting as well.

The project is still in testing phase. It involves humanoid robot and tablet PCs. Progressive writing algorithms are pre-programmed in the robot. The video released by this system’s developers suggests that children can use voice command and ask the two feet tall robot to write certain words on tablet PC. Then, children check the tablet PC to see if the robot has used correct spellings and handwriting. Kids can correct the spellings, if robot makes mistakes.

Researcher Séverin Lemaignan recently interacted with journalists and shared some details about the project. He highlighted the point that this project actually manages to teach kids in such-a-way that they won’t even realize they are being taught something. He also shared the information that this project is being tested in certain primary schools with six to eight year old students. If this project turns out to be successful, it would help parents and teachers by providing a teaching tool that never gets exhausted while teaching.

According to Séverin Lemaignan, this tool will prove to be helpful in increasing self-confidence, as well as to nourish teaching skills among children. It will also help slow learners to learn at their own pace.

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