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There’s a new kind of teacher in class

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There’s a new kind of teacher in class. And it isn’t a human. It’s a humanoid robot. In a prep class at Glendal Primary in Glen Waverley, Victoria, the robot on the teaching staff is 30cm tall and helps improve the preps’ speaking and listening skills. The robot can also dance to the Village People’s song.

Now grade 5 students at Glendal are working on programming the robot A __________________. Students must introduce themselves, wait until the robot’s eyes turn blue and be patient while it speaks before answering in a loud and clear voice, B________________. Jessie, 10, has been programming the robot to teach the preps how to better communicate, C__________________.

In fact, robots are already teaching in a few classrooms around the world. In a primary school in Tampere, Finland, the new language teacher, Elias, is a robot. Elias, like the Glendal robot, can dance. Its specialty is Gangnam Style.

The 30cm-high robot is able to understand and speak 23 languages and uses software D ___________________________. In Elias’ trial in its current school, however, it communicates in English, Finnish and German only. The robot recognises the pupil’s skill levels to ask harder or easier questions. It also gives feedback to teachers.

Some of the human teachers who have worked with the robots see it E ___________________.

Elias is one of four robots being tested in classrooms in this part of Finland. There’s a maths robot, used in three schools, called OVObot. They are all blue, about 25cm high and look like owls.

The aim of the trial is to see F _____________________.

So, far the feedback from students in Elias the language robot’s class in Finland has been positive.

  1. otherwise they get no reply
  2. as a new way to get children interested in learning
  3. if the robots can improve the quality of teaching
  4. but she believes it’s only the beginning
  5. to have conversations with the school’s youngest pupils
  6. the robot would improve students’ technology skills
  7. that allows it to understand students’ needs and encourages learning

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