Where is AI going within the Education Sector?
May 19th, 2020
AI is merely the next step to the future of education, with predictions that AI in education will be increased by 47.5%. This is an important indicator that students need to be introduced to such prospects, as students today will need to work in a future where AI is their reality. After all, the internet has become a primary source with almost 4.57 billion active internet users.
But how can AI be used to improve our learning styles? How can it be incorporated into our education systems?
The education system has treated all students as the same for some time, putting together exams and lessons which everyone must abide by. The future of AI has the potential to personalise learning experiences for students based on what they are good at. It is changing the way students learn due to materials becoming more and more accessible.
The way we teach and learn has advanced with the power of AI and what it brings to education. The learning style is becoming more intelligent and potentially making us smarter. AI has already begun producing new teaching and learning styles.
It can free up a teacher’s time and allow them to find new ways of providing understanding and adaptability, eliminating human error. Teachers spend most of their time marking and grading work, AI can ease the time constraint of this task and offer recommendations to students if there are gaps in their learning. Tools can already grade multiple-choice tests and are very close to assess their written responses as well.
When travelling and going on holiday, we require knowledge to communicate and get by. An example being going to a restaurant and ordering food. There are apps available to help with the language barrier such as Duolingo, which made me realise how much intelligence these apps must require to do such a function.
Duolingo is an app that allows users to learn languages for free. Their strategy is through gamification, which ultimately allows you to learn languages. AI plays a huge part in the app and the way it works. The app adjusts the difficulty depending on the user’s response, allowing a more personal experience. Them investing in AI allows development on the English language and have the understanding to improve semantics and word frequency.
Content Technologies Inc (CTI), provides companies with a solution for information overload using artificial intelligence. Having several business ventures up and running, one being Cram101 to help a user achieve better results in less time.
At Cram101 they have developed faster ways to learn and master content by using AI technology to break down and manage pieces of information. It can turn a textbook into a smarter study guide that produces multiple choice practice tests, flashcards to provide an individual with the necessary knowledge without the overwhelming feeling of trying to read the textbook themselves.
The Guardian reported Third Space Learning, a company who are working with over 4000 primary schools in Britain for one to one math sessions. Allowing the platform to use AI on their 45-minute session each student completes, creates a pattern to form and sift through a student’s capabilities. Therefore, generating personalised lessons to help better their learning. Tracking student performance will allow a more consistent track of what a student’s needs are and improve student retention rates.
Brainly is a platform whereby students can ask homework questions and receive automatic verified answers from other students. Machine learning algorithms are used within this app to filter out spam and provide the user with a better experience and the answer they are looking for.
Learning Analytics (LA) is seeking to improve teaching and learning by accessing data and characterising students learning habits, predicting learner responses, and providing feedback. This places a student in a better position and allows them to define and know for themselves their learning preferences.
Microsoft Word use AI tools to suggest a more inclusive language and alternative words. PowerPoint use AI tools to allow feedback and provide design ideas to the user. Presentation Translator works alongside PowerPoint by creating subtitles to your presentation, allowing those who might have visual/hearing impairments or even a language barrier to learn. Microsoft Office allows a student more control, and provides more structure to their work, boosting confidence for the individual. The Microsoft Office package is the favoured software within schools, as well as business.
Allowing AI to work alongside the education sector will make sense due to children already being comfortable with digital technology by the time they start school, they are more likely to thrive due to the experience. It will be interesting to see how programs and tutoring will become more advanced. There is no doubt that AI will forever get more sophisticated and the further the development will lead to a far greater method of teaching. AI working alongside the educator I believe will serve better as more of a support system than to fully replace teachers. This is only the beginning and it will continue. It will be interesting to see how far AI will go in teaching the next generation.
How far do you think AI will get to within the education sector? Do you believe AI will ever take over and full replace a teacher?