Some kids are getting lucky with a robot – Lucky the Robot, that is. The instructional robot is providing an added boost to students needing one on one coaching and attention.
The robot looks like an iPad on a small two wheeled Segway vehicle. With an internet connection, students can see the face of a coach on Lucky’s screen and work in real time with them.
“It’s kind of like having another teacher in the classroom,” said school psychologist Sarah James, Lucky’s keeper while the robot was used in the Osseo school district.
According to other educators, robot technology “doesn’t replace the traditional face-to-face learning, but expands, enriches and supports teachers developing reading and comprehension skills with students.”
The technology enables teachers to receive professional development in class, while research validated instruction is provided to students.