Teaching and learning with humanoid robots

It’s not often that the introduction of new classmates is the subject of a research project, but Thomas and P!nk are a little different. Standing just 58 centimetres tall, these NAO humanoid robots are disrupting learning (in the nicest possible way) at schools in South Australia. The three year research project aims to explore their impact on teaching, learning and the curriculum. It’s a collaboration between the Association of Independent Schools South Australia (AISSA), which owns robots, and academics from Swinburne University, the University of Queensland and the Queensland University of Technology.  ‘We positioned the teachers as co-researchers with us, so it’s a multiple case study,’ AISSA Educational Consultant Monica Williams explains. ‘So far seven schools have been involved … we anticipate that about 15 schools will be involved overall.’…


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