Kids learn to write by teaching robots

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In pedagogical research, the concept of learning-by-teaching is a recognized and successful technique. The idea is that kids develop greater interest and confidence in a subject when they take on the role of the teacher and instruct someone else.

Researchers at EPFL in Switzerland have shuttled the concept into the robotic realm with their new CoWriter project, introduced this week at the International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction.

The system, still in prototype phase, uses tablet computers and friendly two-foot tall humanoid robots to help teach grade-school students how to write. Read more…

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