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Technology: "Social Robots" In The Classroom

image from www.slate.comSocial robots are already being used to work with autistic kids, stroke victims, and the elderly. Poor kids and more kinds of students with disabilities can't be far behind.  

This article (The Love Bot) from Pacific Standard (formerly Miller-McCune) asks if the benefits -- the patience, adaptability, etc -- outweighs the cost, effectiveness, and morality of serving populations with machines that may motivate them rather than addressing their needs through services and programs provided by human beings.

This August article from Slate (Robots may become elementary school teachers in the future) shares research showing that people learn more from physical robots than they do from onscreen avatars.


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