The TeachME project at the University of Central Florida could reinvent teacher training, according to its creators, by using realistic avatars to simulate the classroom experience. Using the program, teachers-in-training stand before a screen with 10 virtual students who are being controlled by acting students and professionals who have studied student behavior. The avatars each embody one of four personality types. TeachME creators say using humans to control the avatars -- rather than computer programs -- makes the situation more realistic.
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