Robots could soon replace teachers across schools in remote Australia because it has become too hard for academics to get to the students.
Instead of standing at the front of a class room in flesh and blood, teachers are now teaching a group of children through an iPad-style robot.
The technology is being used to be able to teach distant education students without a teacher having to travel to their rural location.
Instead of a teacher standing at the front of a class room in flesh and blood, they are now teaching a group of children through an ipad-style robot (stock image) in remote areas
Teachers will now be able to instruct children through the device – a screen attached to a pole with a set of wheels – and move about the room as if they were there in person, ABC News reported.
The educators will be able to talk to students through the screen as well as see them.
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HOW DO THE ROBOT TEACHERS WORK?
The robot device is basically a screen attached to a pole with wheels.
The teacher can sit in a room hundreds of kilometres away and appear on the robot screen.
The teacher can talk to, see and move about room through controlling the robot.
Children are able to ask the robot teacher questions and get answers immediately.
‘Probably to start with, it will be a bit foreign to them to have this thing wandering around the classroom but it will be interesting to have the teacher that’s sitting two hours away just roll in and say g’day,’ Alyson Ramsay, mother of two students taking part in the trial, said.
The technology is being trialed in remote north Queensland in areas like Charters Towers where some students live hundreds of kilometres away from the mainstream classroom.
A student at Charters Towers School of Education said the robot could ‘see if they skip a few questions’ and look over their shoulders.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Charters Towers School of Education for further comment.
A student at Charters Towers School of Education said the robot could ‘see if they skip a few questions’ and look over their shoulders (stock image)