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Robots: Replace humans?


  Author - School in the Cloud



Could robots ever replace humans?

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Could robots ever replace humans?

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Artifical Intelligence | Humans | Robots | Technology | The Future

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Living Alone with Technology


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Can people remain happy living alone with their technological gadgets e.g. robots, tablets etc.?

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Can people remain happy living alone with their technological gadgets e.g. robots, tablets etc.?

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Digital Technology | Life Science | People | Robots | Social Studies | Sociology | Technology

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Robots: When they do jobs we don't like


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When robots will be able to do all jobs we do not like, what will be our way to live and work?

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When robots will be able to do all jobs we do not like, what will be our way to live and work?

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Employment | Jobs | Life | Robots | Social Science | Social Studies | Society | Technology | The Future | Work

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Robot doing our jobs


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Why do we need robots to work for us if so many people do not have jobs?

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Why do we need robots to work for us if so many people do not have jobs?

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Employment | Robots | Society | Technology | Work

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Paper Robots?


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Could you make a robot out of paper?

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Could you make a robot out of paper?

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Paper | Robots | Science

jam_sandwich_feature How to make a jam sandwich, SOLE style

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How to make a jam sandwich, SOLE style


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  Location: Bedfordshire



If the average adult sat down to work out how to teach basic coding, they probably wouldn’t naturally think of a jam sandwich.

But that’s exactly what this SOLE group of home schoolers did with their presentation to computer science teachers.

Anna the (real life) robot was given a set of instructions to follow to make the sandwich, which may have resulted in a lot of mess, but certainly got the message across about how to teach the subject far more effectively than a textbook.

Jacqueline Emkes, an e-Learning consultant and part-time maths teacher,

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If the average adult sat down to work out how to teach basic coding, they probably wouldn’t naturally think of a jam sandwich.

But that’s exactly what this SOLE group of home schoolers did with their presentation to computer science teachers.

Anna the (real life) robot was given a set of instructions to follow to make the sandwich, which may have resulted in a lot of mess, but certainly got the message across about how to teach the subject far more effectively than a textbook.

Jacqueline Emkes, an e-Learning consultant and part-time maths teacher, runs SOLEs for home educated children at Biddenham International School and Sports College in Bedfordshire, UK.

They have been running since 2013, supported by the college and the local authority’s PLACE programme for children who are not in school but on the Elective Home Education (EHE) Register.

One of the biggest challenges Jacq faces is the diverse age range of her group – from eight to 12-years-old – which means she is often diverted from her original lesson plan. There are usually around 15-20 children, but the numbers fluctuate as families come and go.

“Inevitably ‘normal’ behaviour rules go out the window,” says Jacq. “Children are soon found scrolling the internet lying on the floor, under a desk, on top of a desk, perched on a table. Anything goes – it’s all learning! The children can move around freely, help other groups and indeed swap groups.”
Jacq’s SOLE makes good use of the safe social learning platform Makewaves where they can upload their work to create movies, pictures and stories to share with the group.

They are also encouraged to critique each other’s work (in a positive and helpful way, naturally!) and even family members and the college’s principal have been adding their own comments to help improve student’s work.

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Children | Computer Science | Education | Food | Human Behaviour | Internet | Jam | Robots | Sandwiches | Sanitation