New technology is influencing every industry in more ways than one, and educational institutions are no exception. iPad’s on Segways—a face on a screen with the ability to be controlled via a smart device, telepresence robots connect students and teachers from various parts of the country to be in one classroom for instruction. The telepresence robot market is expected to reach $7 billion by 2022. Let’s explore how and why telepresence robots are about to shake up education.
How Telepresence Robots Benefit Students
Students miss school for various reasons—sickness, disabilities, travel, etc. With the help of telepresence robots, students can attend school regardless of these factors. Students suffering from chronic illnesses are often unable to attend school for weeks at a time. A telepresence robot—internet-enabled, autonomous, with two-way-video streaming capabilities—acts as a body surrogate for students unable to attend class for extended periods of time.

Students can control telepresence robots via a laptop or computer and partake in classroom discussions, lectures, and even field trips, allowing students who would otherwise be isolated from the classroom the social benefits that coincide with the educational benefits enabled by telepresence robots.

Many opponents of telepresence robots believe these robots devalue human connection. This belief simply isn’t true. Without the help of telepresence robots, students who would miss school on a regular basis due to an illness would be isolated not only from lessons, but also their peers. Telepresence robots provide students with a way to interact with their friends at school and can reduce absent student depression rates.
Remote Students and Telepresence Robots
The number of remote workers is on the rise, and so is the number of remote students. Many universities and secondary education providers offer multiple online classes that allow students […]