Distance Teaching and Mobile Learning Expands Into Uganda and Ethiopia

REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 27, 2017 — Distance Teaching and Mobile Learning (DTML.org), a full-service technologically-based platform that provides end-to-end learning, engagement, recording, and tracking systems, helping students and teachers connect today, this week announced their EduBot, the personal educational chatbot, is officially available for use.

Borne from a passion for providing both schools and students with the best possible education experience at places where it’s needed most today, DTML harnesses technology through an education-based robot to integrate critical learning support in some of the most hard-to-reach places around the world today.

“Due to the fact that many kids in DTML.org supported schools aren’t adept in the English language, leveraging bot technology will allow simple and easy ways to introduce chat communication to the kids. Plus, this important interaction will build their confidence in communication over the Internet, as well as develop-out their basic English skills,” said Nestor Jerez, DTML representative in Venezuela.

EduBot is technology that was co-developed and licensed to DTML’s organization under MIT licensing. It was created by a group of Microsoft volunteers and DTML employees as part of the Microsoft Hack-for-Good project. As an Internet bot, also known as a robot or simply a bot today, EduBot is a software application that runs automated tasks over the Internet for students to complete around the world. To date, education, specifically language learning, is the best application of the bot in classroom setting.

The EduBot today has the unique advantage of focusing on three different critical areas of language learning and understanding: Visual, thereby providing the student with a visual image of an object; Written, which displays the written form of the object name and requiring the student to type it in; and Verbal, requiring a verbal confirmation of the object name by the student.

By focusing on the written, visual, and verbal components of learning a new language, EduBot enables students to practice and develop major learning styles and intelligences today. The first one, a Verbal/Linguistic Style, sees the students imagining events and interactions by thinking words, phrases, or dialogue. The second, a Visual/Spatial Style, witnesses the students imagining words in spatial form, like colors, form, line, and light. Next, the Body/Kinesthetic Style uses bodily means to aid memory and associates body movements with words. Lastly, the Interpersonal Learning Style sees the students learning through interactions.

“Technology is opening many incredible doors for people who don’t have traditional access to learning resources today,” said Jerez. “On our platform right now, students can interact with our very own EduBot, a digital professor named Prof. Edword. As a bot, Prof. Edword can be used and interacted with at any time of the day, from any type of technological device. Spread the word on the official launch of our new platform, and head on over today to learn about the teaching potential of Distance Teaching and Mobile Learning Platform.”

Prof. Edword is being piloted in one of the DTML-supported schools right now. Researchers interested in DTML’s distance and mobile education, email: edubot@dtml.org.

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