Despite fears that computer might replace teachers, some applications of virtual teachers have been found to help students with autism and specific kinds of language impairments. In addition, these virtual tutors have advanced the students' social skills. In fact, a virtual teacher, in the form of a virtual child, cartoon-character, has assisted autistic children in staying on task.
Virtual teachers are also being used to work with children with reading disabilities as well as second language learners. Children with hearing impairments have benefited as well .
Check this MSNBC report to learn more and post your comments.
Photo credit: The ArticuLab, Northwestern University with the note:
“A ‘virtual child’ is a cartoon about the size of an 8-year-old with whom kids can learn and play on the floor with toys via a plasma screen projection.”
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