Attending School via Robot: Making Education Possible
Technology does benefit mankind in so many ways. It just seems that there are times that the virtual world takes over the real world. When this happens, meanings and values are unfortunately lost. Online interactions can never replace face-to-face conversations. Online should only be a recourse reserved to situations in which you and I could not talk in person. One example is a robot called VGo. The following is a news report that describes how a child, who could not possibly attend class in school for grave medical reasons, is able to simulate the "school experience"
ABC News also talks about a 7-year old in New York, who is given the opportunity to attend class and interact with his classmates in "Boy With Severe Allergies Attends School Via Robot":
Devon Carrow spends his days like many other second grade students: He goes to school, says hello to friends in the hallway and practices his multiplication tables. But to do this safely, Devon cannot be in the classroom.
The 7-year-old from West Seneca, N.Y., has life-threatening allergies and the only way he can safely attend school is via a four-foot tall remote-controlled robot named VGo.
"[It's] really improved him and his quality of life and his self-esteem," said Devon's mother, Rene Carrow. "There's some kinks here and there along the way [but] it's the best thing that he's been able to participate in."An article in Huffington Post also talks about Devon Carrow, "Robot Replaces Student At Winchester Elementary School, Allows Devon Carrow To Attend Remotely (PHOTOS)", which elicited the following comment from a reader:
Well I just got done reading posts that were either negative, or off topic. Some are good and some are just negative. This is probably a celebration for this family. They obviously have serious challenges. If this kid gets a chance that other children did not before him through advanced technology I think it is wonderful! If it was your kid you would be happy anything could be done to create any close resemblance of a normal child. Whatever that is today.