Cleveland school uses robot for digital learning - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Cleveland school uses robot for digital learning

Thomas Fech teaches various classes as a robot from hundreds of miles away. (Source: WOIO) Thomas Fech teaches various classes as a robot from hundreds of miles away. (Source: WOIO)
The Nexus Academy principal says students have taken charge of how they learn. (Source: WOIO) The Nexus Academy principal says students have taken charge of how they learn. (Source: WOIO)
Reporter Sia Nyorkor interviews the "Robot." (Source: WOIO) Reporter Sia Nyorkor interviews the "Robot." (Source: WOIO)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

Students at Nexus Academy of Cleveland are using different technologies to learn, and one of their teachers is a robot.

American government class is hands on, taught by a teacher hundreds of miles away.

"I'm able to meet with groups of students there and have lessons. I share PowerPoints with them. This robot technology is kind of cool, where I'm able to meet with them face to face, as if I'm able to walk around with them around the school," said Thomas Fech, who teaches American government, social studies and geography.

"It was like, oh, this is kind of weird, but then sometimes it scares me a little bit because all of a sudden you just see this thing moving, and then you're like, oh, it's just the robot," said student Cheyenne Ramos.

It's just one of several classes taught using the digital platform. Students can even bring their laptops into fitness class and stimulate their bodies and minds.

Nexus has been open since 2012 and principal Brittany Sanford says these students have taken charge of how they learn.

"Any student who wants to be able to say this is what I want to learn today, this is how I want to do It, you have to come to school with that different mindset or that different attitude. So you're taking ownership over who you're becoming," explained Sanford.

One student credits the hands-on approach for a change in his physical and mental wellness.

"I gradually became stronger and better and I became more happy. My grades in math and English, all of my subjects started to improve," said Sawleeh Abdul-Rasheed.

That is exactly what everyone is hoping for.

There are seven Nexus schools nationwide, with three in Ohio. All of them use robots for learning.

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