Children have improved writing skills by correcting the errors of robots

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Children have improved writing skills by correcting the errors of robots

As a rule, children start to learn writing in the preschool years

Today, people don't write text manually, and typing text on keyboards. However, without the ability to write correctly the letters and numbers the modern man cannot do, so in most cases starts with the writing lessons. Some children are given a letter with great difficulty and sometimes for a long time they can't spell any letter, so teachers should look at alternative methods of learning. For example, scientists from Switzerland and Portugal recently offered to teach the letter allowing them to fix writing errors are illiterate robots.

In teaching, there is a method called , in which students are invited to prepare and conduct lessons for their classmates. This technique was invented by a German French teacher Jean-Paul Martin. It is believed that taking on more responsibility, children are more carefully study the material and master it. Thus, if every student will take on this responsibility, quality and speed of learning can be greatly enhanced.

How to teach a child to write?

However, teachers cannot apply this method when teaching children how to write, because a young "teacher" can teach the other child errors. In the case of these Sciences like mathematics and chemistry classmates could do to locate the problem and find the solution yourself, but first-graders at risk to remember the mistakes and correct them in the future will be very problematic. However, scientists quickly realized that children can not teach each other, and robots. In this case, even if something goes wrong, e-student will not receive any harm. But his young master, seeing and correcting errors of the robot, can learn to write much faster than usual.

the Phenomenon that a child can't learn to write, called dysgraphia.

The researchers found in this experiment involving children and was developed by company Soft Robotics NAO robot. This humanoid robot with 58 cm growth was originally and to maintain a dialogue, so the researchers had no trouble on the touch screen. For training was used a model of the handwriting of real people and examples of the most common mistakes in the letter committed by children 4-8 years. In particular, we are talking about the wrong proportions of letters and numbers.

it looks like the NAO robot to Soft Robotics

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The Experiment was conducted in a Portuguese primary school. Each child was able to give the robot four lessons, one per week. During the lesson, NAO deliberately wrote on the screen the letters with the wrong proportions and broken lines, and then asked the child care in correcting errors. Correcting them, the children really improved their writing skills. However, progress was only visible if the robot also improved their skills. If the researchers had set it up for a full learning disability and he continued to make mistakes, progress in the education of children was observed.

NAO Robot and the pupil of the Portuguese school

Most interesting is that in these lessons between the child and the robot is not necessarily the presence of adults. What is not true about the standard sessions "teaching through teaching" where the teacher is obliged to follow the course of the lesson and from time to time to correct students. It is likely that in the future some company learns about the results of this study and will release a trainer for home teaching children how to write. Children such lessons obviously like it, because the young participants then shared that they consider themselves good teachers and don't mind spending some more lessons for robots.

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