Definition of teaching machine in US English:

teaching machine


  • A machine or computer that gives instruction to a student according to a program, reacting to their responses.

    • ‘The ultimate lesson learned comes when the teaching machine is denied, is repudiated.’
    • ‘It was the period when teaching machines were introduced, the more sophisticated ones being controlled by computer.’
    • ‘It's a teaching machine, particularly good for helping preschoolers learn the alphabet and words.’
    • ‘The role of technology in education has been controversial since the advent of educational television, teaching machines, and computer-assisted instruction.’
    • ‘Our children will learn from TV, recorders and teaching machines.’
    • ‘On the basis of this distinction, it should be noted that constructional clinical practice can be closer to the teaching machine and laboratory contingency than it is to the textbook type of contingency.’
    • ‘The equipment has changed (teaching machines were once the answer to all problems) but it's the same old stuff.’
    • ‘Pretty soon, all lectures will be replaced by radio… no, television… no, teaching machines… no, computers.’