Social robots are now being used in educational environments, including schools. Studies indicate that children who are more interactive in a classroom setting are more likely to perform well and to have more positive experiences than those who are more passive. Additionally, other research suggests that teacher opinions are an influential predictor of technological engagement in schools. That willingness to engage in social robot use is a strong predictor of student success in school. These findings come from a study published in the Journal of Applied Education.
The study looked at whether students who were encouraged to be socially interactive perform better in school, and if teachers influenced the interactions between students in classrooms.
The researchers found that teachers appeared to positively impact the types of interactions between students in the presence of robots and those in the presence of regular humans. In both cases, the results were positive. However, when the researchers looked at the effects on younger children, they found that children were more responsive to teacher suggestions if robots were present in the classroom.
So, how can teachers encourage interaction among their students using these robots? The researchers conducted a survey and found that when teachers had a conversation with one of their own robotic systems, they performed better in the classroom. This survey was not only administered within a real classroom but also an online survey. Overall, the responses were quite positive, but the online survey proved more interesting and revealing. Based on the survey results, here are some important tips that you might find helpful in incorporating robots into your classroom.
The first thing that teachers should do is actually consider using robots in the classroom. As noted earlier, most of these robots were designed specifically to be more interactive, and teacher training has shown that this can be effective when teaching young children. What you can do then is to design a robot that can perform several actions. For example, a robot that can demonstrate different kinds of songs can be used by the teacher and the children to learn songs fun. It may also be useful to train the robot to talk clearly and understandably. These are just a few examples of how these toys can help young ones.
The second thing you should do is design a questionnaire and ask your students what their perception is on various issues. You can use this as a feedback mechanism. This will enable you to identify possible barriers that may be causing students to not interact with the robots. In fact, it was found out that the majority of the respondents perceived that there were no major problems with using robots in the classroom. Therefore, you can use this information to improve the conditions in your classrooms.
The third thing that you can do is actually conduct a survey on the different applications of robots. Based on the survey results, you can decide on the types of robots you will implement in the classrooms. Finally, the fourth hypothesis, which is about teaching values to the students, can be concluded. This question was formulated to check if teachers are using the right curriculum with the aid of robots. If they are using the right curriculum, then the students are likely to have good academic performance.
Based on the results of the survey, the fifth hypothesis will be formulated. This question posed to the education professionals will focus on the type of robots that they use. Based on the answers received from different educators, it can be determined what type of robots they are using and their reasons. Based on the responses, it can be determined whether the use of robots in education gives students a good experience. On the other hand, if teachers use some robotic technologies that are not very effective, it can result in the deterioration of the quality of education.
Based on the European barometer survey results, the sixth hypothesis, which is about the attitude towards robots in the classroom, can be formulated. Based on the answers received from different educators, it can be determined that there is a positive and a negative attitude towards robots in the classroom. The positive attitude can be attributed to the technological advantages that they provide to the students. On the other hand, a negative attitude can be attributed to the feeling that some students do not like to use technology daily. The data from the European barometer poll can be used by education experts to evaluate the effectiveness of teaching with robotics technologies.