Preschool education: why kids liken robots to teachers and guardians

Young learners are gradually pitching their tents with robots interaction, whether as toys or a classroom friend, they are finding it more comfortable to learn with these machines.

A new study reveals that kids not only love playing with robots, but they also engage these young learners in the classroom. The study, implemented by Latitude, a professional consultancy organization in conjunction with LEGO Learning Institute and project synthesis, was titled “Robot @ school.”

The study examined 350 students across Europe, America, Australia, and South Africa. The survey asked the students to answer simple questions centered around: What will happen if robots were part of their everyday life? Thirty-eight percent just wanted to play with a robot while another thirty-eight percent want a robot to learn with. However, it became clear that kids merged the lines between learning and playing, but it can be derived that they preferred moments when playing becomes knowledge and learning fun.

Many students find mathematics and science very boring subjects — packed with many technical terms that are less exciting. Teachers have applied a variety of approaches to make STEAM more fun and exciting. It’s apparent that the use of robots is changing the paradigm shift of learning. Interestingly, teachers are not the only ones enjoying these benefits; parents have also taken the bull by the horn by embracing this new technology when socializing with their kids.

Take a look at these reasons why young learners liken robot interaction and learning to teachers and parents

Disability students are getting more comfortable

Children who have autism are known to have a low drive for interaction with people and may show repetitive behaviors when presented with new changes in their environment. With robots to the rescue, kids with disabilities like autism are getting more comfortable interacting with these machines in the classroom. The robots are patient and don’t get bored like humans. They can tell stories with the children and hold onto their attention for a while with their movements.

Kids also want to teach

Learning by teaching is a proven practice that is welcomed by many educational institutes across the world. Bots like Betty’s brain and ROYBI are some of the human peers to Artificial peer learning by teaching projects currently in practice. For instance, Betty’s brain, it displays the steps of its thinking on a screen which allows the kids to figure out what Betty got in her mind and when she makes a mistake, they are quick to track back their steps to where they artificial thinking went wrong. Also, ROYBI is an AI-powered Bot that helps explicitly a kid learn multiple languages while socially interacting with the robot. ROYBI not only help kids learn languages but it can track the child’s performance.

Kids are quick to learn from their environment and what they learn they practice. It can’t be less useful than practicing with a robot they feel comfortable with. They begin to talk and demonstrate with robot-like attention giving machine.

Robots help kids solve problems in a variety of ways

When kids are engaged with robots, they learn to solve problems in some ways by getting the robot to make different actions. Dr. Mathew Lynch, editor for The Advocate, he reveals that robots help kids learn through problem-solving learning. The young learners are drawn to robots as a toy but eventually, learn from the playful experience.

Kids are finding it more comfortable to interact with Robots, and they’re just going to end up a higher piece of the everyday life of the future.

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