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Rural Excellence in Education Droid (REED): Using Telepresence for Modeling Student Centered Best Practice In Education

Southwest Minnesota State University


Many states are confronting K-12 teacher shortages, and Minnesota is no exception. Problems are especially acute in rural areas where populations are smaller and greater distances separate students and teachers. Leveraging an innovation pioneered at Winona State University, telepresence robots will allow SMSU faculty to reach students at partnered schools and over great distances, overcoming one of the moretroublesome challenges of this work. 

Type of Grant Received through Minnesota State Innovation Funding 

Pay It Forward – $10,000
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