Illiteracy is a huge problem in many countries. Using cheap digital technology, the Personal Robots Group is part of the Global Literacy endeavor to develop tablets with educational content and deliver it to children who have no access to school or have such a high teacher-to-student ratio as to be ineffective. The goal is to see whether children playing with these educational apps can learn English by themselves, driven entirely by their curiosity. The results have been extremely promising.
The Personal Robot Group has developed the technology to capture (almost) any interaction children have with these educational tablets. The goal is to study their exploration and play-driven behavior and correlate it with their learning gains. We then intend to develop a mentorship meta-app that will guide children’s inner exploration towards a better educational trajectory.