The rise of the use of robots in the workplace had proved to be a concern for a lot of people, the main worry being whether or not the robot will take over jobs in various work places. And while this may be true in some cases, robots, especially types like the industrial robot arm, cannot fully take over the work that humans do, because even the highest ranked artificially intelligent robot can never actually have the human touch, and that is something that is needed in most if not all places of work.
Robots that teach
One such profession that has been recently threatened by robotics is teaching. Educational robotics is now a thing thanks to scientists who have been able to develop robots that can do the same work that teachers can do. That is to say that these kinds of robots can teach and impact knowledge on to school children, almost if not in the exact same way that teachers can.
As it happens in so many cases, robots can perform a lot of tasks better that humans can, and this is only because they are not living beings and therefore they are not able to make mistakes or forget or make errors. Otherwise, humans have so much value that cannot be replaced. However, research has shown that robots are able to provide a lot of valuable input towards teaching, and the teachers also agree that help from robots is not such a bad idea.
Adopting teaching robots
Robots can retain a ton of memory and they can also cater to the needs of different students at the same time, unlike the teacher who is used to just working with a large group at a time. A robot can be able to separate individuals who are fast learners, and those who are slow and therefore deal with them accordingly, all within a very limited time. This kind of thing would usually get a human teacher worn out, meaning that they would have to allocate different timing for the special attention that a student might need.
Robotic impact on learning
Robots also have some hands-on learning tools that they are programmed with, such as programming software and robotics kits. They are able to create a learning environment that can enhance collaboration among the students as well as communication, which is essential in helping learners overcome their learning obstacles, and it also helps the teacher understand their problem areas better. In addition, this kind of learning environment also helps the learners to acquire some very important life skills such as critical thinking skills, creativity as well as problem solving skills.
When a robot is able to provide virtual assistance to a teacher, it takes away some of the work load which allows the teacher to concentrate more on developing other essential learning tools that a robot can never be able to come up with. This also gives the teacher time to work on interpersonal relationships with the students, and this will lead to each learner having their personal needs being catered for accordingly.
Replacing teachers with robots
Even without the robot’s physical presence, educational robotics can still work online just as long as there is an artificially intelligent robot. This can prove to be very effective as in enables a one on one session with a learner. However, the teacher would definitely have to check in once in a while as a form of supervision, as a robot will always be a robot, and they are not always equipped to handle everything in the same way that a human would.
All that being said, it should not be assumed that robots can take over a teacher’s work. There is so much more to teaching than just having the facts and being able to deliver them and answer questions. Teachers have been trained to actually deal with children, pick up on their social ques and interpret them to understand the learners better. Therefore, it is only safe to say that educational robotics can be used as nothing more than learning tools for the teacher to use, much like text books and educational videos.