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Large classes in schools coupled with rigorous admin requirements puts a high pressure on teachers today. The City of Stockholm wanted to investigate if there were any new innovative solutions to reduce the workload for teachers, while also encouraging students to collaborate and learn new technology.
Together with the IT & Digitalization unit at the City of Stockholm, Furhat developed an interactive teaching assistant which can be customized by students with content such as presentations, lectures, and quiz games.
During the initial live pilot, a classroom of students were tasked to collaboratively produce educational content for peer-to-peer learning purposes. Groups were assigned a research topic and input their findings to the system via the user interface, which enabled Furhat to share information with others. The students also had to consider the robot’s facial expressions, gestures, head movements and speech when creating the interaction. This form of digital storytelling facilitates the knowledge-sharing between students. The long term vision of the project is to have a robot in every school in Stockholm!