Robot world domination is a popular scene in sci-fi movies and fiction. Although that remains a fanciful future for many, advances in technology have seen robots taking assistant roles in education: from being a kindergarten class assistant to becoming a pal to help children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) learn emotional and social cues. Scholars have also found that robots can serve as teachable agents , becoming the student to the student-teacher. Teaching computer science is one of the latest educational opportunities robots have to offer.
In this vialogue, a group of high school teachers learn how they might use Nao, a 58cm-tall robot, to assist them in teaching computer science. For example, with capacities to perform sophisticated movements, Nao can show students what their programming commands look like in vivid form.
What other fun possibilities can you think of to use robots for educational purposes? Share your ideas with other educators on Vialogues.
@01:00 Wang: The power of using Nao lies on programming it and let it demonstrate things you want him/her to do. In a sense, it makes your programming very tangible!
@01:16 Wang: Wow looks like Nao can perform all kinds of subtle gestures. I heard one of Nao’s popular demonstrations is performing Tai Chi!