Robot technology has become an integral part of society as it is now applicable in almost all areas of our lives. Robots are applicable in six common industries across the world. these industries include healthcare, agriculture, food preparation, manufacturing, military, and finally, the education industry.
All the above industries have benefited one way or another from robotic automation. Some of the benefits comprise increased efficiency, increased productivity, minimized cost of production, and safety of the human workers. However, this article delves into the education industry and the impact the robot has had on the industry.
Robots in education is an idea that has not fully been implemented in the education sector but is still under the experimental stages in most parts of the world. The type of robot that is commonly used in classrooms to represent teachers is the humanoid robot. Humanoid robots mimic humans and are built in a way that their physical features resemble that of human beings.
The humanoid teachers are programmed and intended as an aid in the classrooms or be a complete replacement for teachers. However, the use of robots in education is yet to be implemented in most parts of the world. To understand this concept better, we can investigate the advantages plus disadvantages of robot teachers.
Advantages of Robot Teachers
Robots possess a wide knowledge base compared to human teachers. Given that robots are programmed to enable them to deliver their teaching roles, the information that you want to be transferred to pupils in the class can be inputted into the robot without limitation. This results in a wide knowledge base, which the robots can easily transfer to pupils through teaching.
The extensive knowledge base is vital as it enables the robots to provide a solution to students' problems and helps further their educational careers.
The utilization of robots as teachers in the classroom implies that the elimination of lots of irrelevant discussions in the classroom. The number of irrelevant discussions that take place usually in the presence of human teachers is so dumbfounding. The time that would have been utilized in constructive teaching and learning gets wasted through baseless discussions.
The robot cannot be diverted, caught off guard, or distracted from the lesson ongoing. Hence, the class hours are put to good use, and the students get to benefit big time.
The robots cannot lose their cool at any point in their teaching time. They do not have feelings and therefore cannot feel the same as human teachers. Hence, they cannot become impatient or intolerant with students.
They retain their kindness, patience, and receptive to any queries regardless of whatever it is that is happening in the classrooms.
The robots do not require any payments. If they have been procured, and paid for at source, they do not attract additional payments in terms of salaries or wages. They just teach according to how they have been programmed.
Disadvantages of Robot Teachers
Everything mechanical has no guarantee of non-breakage. Hence, the robot, being mechanically designed can break down at any time and cause a great disruption to learn. Only individuals with expertise can repair a malfunctioned robot. Hence, it may take days or weeks for a broken robot to be repaired. That way, a great deal of time gets wasted waiting for the robot to be back to shape.
Also, in the event of a system breakdown in the robot, a lot of information can be lost. Hence, this may necessitate the reprogramming of the robot to get it back to its original functioning state.
Students may show disrespect to the robots as they are not human. The robots may have trouble in trying to control the students. The students may see the whole robot teaching as a joke.
High-quality systems are necessary for the robot to function properly. There should be electricity and internet connections to facilitate their functioning.
Robots in education are a great venture. Given the technological changes that the world is going through, everyone needs to embrace the use of robots to teach.