Tuesday, July 27, 2010

ROBOT TEACHERS -- Coming soon, to a classroom near you!!!

Robot teachers are coming and they'll be here by September, programmed with a mission to save our failing schools.
Funded by the Frankenstein Foundation, with the main purpose of creating this mechanical life to teach English. We need this invasion of English-teaching robots because, according to researchers at the University of California, San Diego, an unprecedented number of children in the US start public school with major deficits in basic academic skills that also includes vocabulary skills. So computer scientists at UCSD's Machine Perception Laboratory designed RUBI, a "sociable robot" who successfully taught a group of toddlers ten vocabulary words in only twelve days and RUBI improved the children's word-mastery by a full 25% compared to a control set of words not taught by the mechanical wonder.
Learning languages with machines has been particularly attractive to those looking to spend less while at the same time reducing interaction with humans.

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