Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Annapolis, Maryland
Challenge: Educators sought to provide real-time access to learning and to offer social support for students who are either homebound or hospitalized.
Initiative: Robots that students maneuver remotely keep them connected to their classrooms, teachers and friends. Steering their robots around the school, students follow along with lessons, participate in class discussions and join in social interactions.
Impact: Students experience full days of learning rather than the six hours of weekly instruction available from teachers who visit homes or hospital rooms. “The ability to provide instructional fidelity, joyful engagement and enhanced relationships to all students—including those impacted by unforeseen circumstances—is invaluable,” says Mary Tillar, assistant superintendent for advanced studies and programs.
Advice: A robust wireless network is essential, as is educator training and acceptance. Educators and students also must embrace the robot as they would the student.