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Technology has become an integral part of classrooms, just like blackboards and chalk. Children (and adults) are increasingly using portable devices and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) classes are becoming part of national and local curricula around the world. The same can be said about Artificial Intelligence. AI is popping up everywhere in our daily lives – through social media recommendations, virtual assistants on our smartphones, self-driving cars and speaking robots in retirement homes.
Artificial intelligence in education can be considered both facilitator and partner: teachers, students and AI collaborate with one aim: increasing the knowledge of the student in the most efficient and pleasant way.
One size does not fit all!
Classrooms still serve a vital purpose in introducing students to new ideas and developing critical problem-solving skills that are hard to replicate in a machine setting. But the one-size-fits-all nature of our education system will almost certainly change as AI becomes more prevalent. In business, companies are investing in adaptive learning systems where AI is central to the way these systems work.
One teacher with 20 or more students has limited time and resources to customize a curriculum or to handle individual learning needs. Individualized learning offers many benefits for students, but in many settings, it’s not a viable solution. AI offers an opportunity to tap into the adaptive learning processes. It can easily adapt to each student’s individual learning needs, based on their strengths and weaknesses, at any level.
AI gives students more opportunities to access educational materials even when they’re not in school. Learning on the go is a fun, effective way for students to gain knowledge and they can benefit from receiving ongoing feedback and support through AI. New software that customizes tools and resources available on digital devices will make it possible for teachers to provide a framework in which students actively engage with individualized resource materials.
AI will also help in the administration of education. Machines are already capable of automating the grading process for multiple choice tests. Soon, they will be able to assist and eventually replace human grading for written response work as well. In addition, they can identify instruction gaps in the course content based on student performance on assessments. For example, if a significant percentage of students answer a question incorrectly, AI can zero in on the specific information or concepts that students are missing, so that educators can deliver targeted improvements in materials and methods. In many ways, they are not only informing the students but also informing the instructor at the same time.
What about the role of teachers?
AI will not replace teachers, it is like an assistant, giving the teacher/instructor the opportunity to concentrate on different tasks.
Instructors will become more like facilitators, they will supplement AI lessons, provide frameworks, assist students who are struggling and provide human interaction and hands-on experiences for students.
Teachers can also open up opportunities for global networking – making classrooms accessible for students around the world. This means students, who may not be able to access physical classrooms, could still participate in a virtual learning environment to benefit from a good education.
With the rise of AI, the possibilities are endless and the sky is the limit. Let’s give it a try!
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