The Benefits of Educational Robots in Different Learning Stages
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Technology is a big driver for motivation, especially among students to learn. On a basic level, robots make learning more fun for students. Who wouldn’t want a talking machine helping them with their classwork? This idea in itself captures the attention of children of all ages. If a student is enjoying themselves, then they are more likely to pick up knowledge along the way. As students go from elementary school to high school and beyond, this idea remains the same but poses unique benefits at each point of development.
Here’s a quick look at how educational robots can be used in different learning stages.
Every parent has heard the familiar request “Read it again!” and “Can we read it one more time?” Young children love repetition, and unlike adults who might grow weary of reading the same story five times in a row, a robot never will. Students are able to ask the robot to repeat a story, word, or answer a question over and over again until they get a better grasp of it.
Robots have been proven effective at teaching prime numbers and vocabulary so that at an early age, students can practice counting and learn new words. Using robots for younger students can put them at an advantage. It provides them with the opportunity to learn new content and practice outside of school or in their free time.
Having robots in the classroom or at home provides an opportunity to spark an interest in a child for a subject at a young age. Students might fall in love with reading stories and be encouraged to read out loud to their parents. They also might find a passion for numbers and feel confident solving problems in the classroom. Starting early only helps a student feel more confident in themselves and instills a love of learning.
Middle school tends to be a weird time for all students. Girls, in particular, usually struggle more or lose interest in science and math during this time. Using robots in the classroom can help hold their interest by promoting fun learning and encouraging them to learn more about the field of robotics as well.
As students start to become more self-conscious at this strange age, robots offer the perfect solution for learning. Students don’t have to worry about asking too many questions to get a better understanding and can practice with the robot. They can build their confidence and knowledge base to help them feel more comfortable in the classroom.
Continued reading is also important during middle school, particularly because kids near or in their teenage years often stop reading for pleasure. Using a robot to go over stories can encourage them to continue reading and making it more entertaining.
High School & Beyond
While high schoolers might not have the same need or use for an educational robot as an elementary school student, the topic itself is beneficial for their learning. Studying robotics and coding may also unveil a hidden passion or shine a light on a potential career path for a student.
Learning robotics teaches high school students technical skills that are prominent in the job market and fields such as engineering, programming, and technology. Through programming robots, students obtain skills such as a higher order of thinking, problem-solving, and reasonings. This hands-on experiences also encourages them to think creatively and work effectively with others, while keeping them highly motivated.
No matter what age or learning stage a student is at, using an educational robot has many benefits. From learning basic vocabulary and counting numbers to understanding how to program a robot to speak, there are different skills for every student to learn.