AI Entering the Classroom

  • June 28, 2018

    Artificial intelligence is already poised to disrupt nearly every industry. In our personal lives, it can help us execute administrative tasks and stay organized as well as keep us entertained. In enterprise, it saves time and cuts down on operating expenses.

    What about in schools?

    The subject of AI can probe polarizing sentiments. Some fully embrace it while others remain skeptical or even fearful of its potential to eliminate jobs or solidify cultural biases.

    ABC recently published an article featuring the latest experiment introducing AI in classrooms around the globe.

    Brazil’s Geekie

    The article opens highlighting Brazil’s education app coined Geekie. Just like any other popular app, anyone with a smartphone can access it. The app delivers class syllabuses, lessons and text along with video content. It allows for students to take on the course material at their own pace.

    Along with providing content, the app also quizzes students to keep a pulse on their progress. AI enables the app to tailor the pace and content to the individual student versus a single prescribed curriculum. Data collected from the app will also help educators make adjustments to curriculum better suited for their students.

    Australia’s AI Efforts

    Mark Scott, Education Secretary of New South Wales, sees AI as an opportunity to demystify a student’s progress in learning. Many classrooms in Australia already leverage software to drive learning. But with AI, each student’s experience can be customized and fewer will fall behind.

    In recent years, Australia’s rankings declined in STEM education. Scott sees AI as a potential aid to reinvigorate STEM learning and better prepare students for a technology-centered future.

    Teachers should not worry about job security. AI educational software and chatbots aim to supplement the material taught in the classroom. However, in some areas where teachers and formal education are difficult or impossible to access, these learning apps can potentially help close the education gap.

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