Robot teachers

Robot teachers

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If you think of the jobs robots could never do, you would probably put doctors and teachers at the top of the list. It's easy to imagine robot cleaners and factory workers, but some jobs need human connection and creativity. But are we underestimating what robots can do? In some cases, they already perform better than doctors at diagnosing illness. Also, some patients might feel more comfortable sharing personal information with a machine than a person. Could there be a place for robots in education after all?

British education expert Anthony Seldon thinks so. And he even has a date for the robot takeover of the classroom: 2027. He predicts robots will do the main job of transferring information and teachers will be like assistants. Intelligent robots will read students' faces, movements and maybe even brain signals. Then they will adapt the information to each student. It's not a popular opinion and it's unlikely robots will ever have empathy and the ability to really connect with humans like another human can.

One thing is certain, though. A robot teacher is better than no teacher at all. In some parts of the world, there aren't enough teachers and 9–16 per cent of children under the age of 14 don't go to school. That problem could be partly solved by robots because they can teach anywhere and won't get stressed, or tired, or move somewhere for an easier, higher-paid job.

Those negative aspects of teaching are something everyone agrees on. Teachers all over the world are leaving because it is a difficult job and they feel overworked. Perhaps the question is not 'Will robots replace teachers?' but 'How can robots help teachers?' Office workers can use software to do things like organise and answer emails, arrange meetings and update calendars. Teachers waste a lot of time doing non-teaching work, including more than 11 hours a week marking homework. If robots could cut the time teachers spend marking homework and writing reports, teachers would have more time and energy for the parts of the job humans do best.

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Submitted by ogzhnbngl on Sun, 11/06/2023 - 18:42

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I think the question is must be How robots can help teachers? Because in my opinion a robot can't do empathy with a student. If robots could take non-teaching works from shoulders of teachers then teachers can do they'r best. This idea valid for so many job.

Submitted by AlexandraMT on Wed, 07/06/2023 - 14:53

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Yes, at the moment I use Chatgpt as my research assistant and it helps me a lot. I think people can learn from it

Submitted by Miss zahra on Thu, 06/04/2023 - 22:40

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I strongly agree to employ robots for assist teachers in the class room but not replacing real teachers. I believed that robots never will ever have empathy and the ability to really connect with humans like another human can so they can help teachers for some tasks that makes teachers overwork.

Submitted by jmajo on Tue, 14/03/2023 - 12:58

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Maybe in the future when the difference between a robot and a human teacher would be smaller, but I don’t think we’re there yet, not in my country anyway, although I recognise it could be interesting to automatise some parts of the education in order to be less dependent of human teachers, It’s to soon to completely replace human interactions between human teachers and students in the classrooms, but in some areas or careers could be easier to implement robot teachers than others, in my opinion some IT
classes would be better if we have robot teachers instead of humans in the future.

Thanks for the lesson.
Great site!!

Submitted by Eman Samir on Tue, 29/11/2022 - 11:45

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I think it would be a nice idea if it did some stressful tasks that makes teachers feel overworked such as marking homework and writing reports. For teaching lessons to student, human teachers would be better as they can have empathy and the ability to really connect with students better.

Submitted by Gizem OKUR on Thu, 27/10/2022 - 07:46

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Yeah definetely ıf ı have such a chance as teacher. ı prefer have a robot who helps me everytime . Because yo know many teachers are overworked and generally they tell complain about that, and who seem so exhausted. ı think the best way might be it.ı think. students might be happy too in this case. because teachers can take care of them so much.

Submitted by farhadwahaj on Wed, 14/09/2022 - 06:51

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I agree, that we would have robots as a teacher, I saw teachers who completed their master's and Ph.D. degrees but still have plenty of issues in their related subjects, by replacing them with robots I believe the robots will be more effective and efficient than them. Also, the teachers always seem they become tired to take more classes, and sometimes they contrasted with students which frustrated the student, thus by replacing them with robots these sorts of concerns may be solved to some extent.

Submitted by Nandar Su Hlaing on Wed, 24/08/2022 - 16:30

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Yes, I'd like to have a robot in classroom not for a teacher, to help teacher some office work like this lesson mention, helping teacher and reduce the teacher office work. That will be helpful for teacher and children.

Submitted by marwan297 on Wed, 03/08/2022 - 18:47

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I don't think so. Robots can't be like human in education field as it will be like a bot chat, he will say the information about any topic like the one who Memorizes the subjects and doesn't understand it. Maybe they will be good in assisting teachers.

Submitted by Selinay. on Fri, 17/06/2022 - 11:50

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Yes, i prefer a robot than a human as a teacher. Because of that maybe, discrimination can be eliminated.