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Last summer, one of our students was diagnosed with cancer and had to stay in the hospital for treatment. An opportunity, however, became available for the student to continue to participate in lessons at school; in the form of a little robot called `Ivy`. Ivy could be used as an avatar. There are 43 of these robots in Germany, 8 of them in the Berlin Charité.

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After getting in contact with the Charité and having solved all issues regarding data protection, insurance, storage and permission letters of the students and teachers involved, the NMS school management cleared the use of Ivy with the school authorities… who agreed immediately. From that point on, Ivy the Robot took part mainly in English and Math lessons. A big thanks to the teachers involved who right away supported the use of `Ivy` in their lessons.

 As our student recovered, she was asked by a TV station to take part in a documentary on the avatar. She believes strongly in the positive use of Ivy and wanted to promote it, as it helped her a lot. Therefore we had the NDR and later Pro 7 (Galileo) film a short documentary in our school. We believe that this is a great opportunity for ill students to not only keep up academically but also to keep in contact with their classmates. We are thankful that our student has recovered and is able to attend school again.

You can click on the picture above or the link below (`Ivy` starting at 17:50) to watch the short documentary on Pro 7. 

https://www.prosieben.de/tv/galileo/videos/48-donnerstag-der-schulavatar-roboter-drueckt-die-schulbank-ganze-folge

Note that some adverts are shown during this documentary.

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