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Techno teachers: Finnish school trials robot educators

2 April 2018

Elias, the new language teacher in a school in southern Finland, has endless patience for repetition. Elias never makes a pupil feel embarrassed for asking a question and can even do the "Gangnam Style," dance. Elias is also a robot. The robot is able to understand and speak 23 languages. It is equipped with software makes the robot understand students' requirements and helps it behave in a way that encourages learning. The robot is currently being trialed in a year-long pilot program at alongside a maths-teaching robot.