Artificial Intelligence (AI) sounds like science-fiction. Our familiarity with self-aware machines in film, TV and online has given us a particular perspective on what AI can achieve in the classroom. Here are some areas where improvements in AI technology can be adopted in the virtual classroom sooner than you might think. The technology has yet to reach the level of self-awareness, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t being used in creative and innovative ways all the time. Read on for a few ways that artificial education can be used in your classroom and how it’s becoming the future of education.
Automating Tasks & Saving Teacher’s Time
We know how much work teachers take home with them. Things like grading tests and homework can take up a lot of a teacher’s day, leaving them with less time to focus on lesson planning and engaging their students. With AI, menial tasks like grading can be easily automated.
The technology exists that automates grading for multiple choice and gap-fill tasks. Software that can grade writing and essays is developing fast and improving automatic grading for the better. Freeing-up the work of teachers to be more creative and student-focused by using AI to automate grading is here.
Adapting to Students’ Needs
In language learning it is vital to understand your learner-type. Are your students visual learners? Do they respond more to audio input or are they kinaesthetic in nature?
With AI, it is now easier for teachers to accommodate the individual students’ learning needs. Many learning programs, software, and games exist that are adaptive to different levels and learning styles. AI methodologies like these respond to students’ specific learning needs and puts emphasis on topics that students are struggling with. Artificial education also allows students to work at their own pace, instead of trying to keep up with the classroom.
AI as Tutors
With the help of AI tutors, students can get help essentially 24/7 in subjects like math, writing, and language. AI style tutors haven’t completely wiped out the tutor job field, but advancing technology could soon make that possibility into a reality. AI-run tutors can make it easier for students to access the help they need. Students won’t have to spend time travelling to a tutoring facility and parents won’t have to spend large sums on private tuition.
AI Makes Education Truly Global
Thanks to artificial education, students now have the ability to learn anywhere, anytime. This means that if a student has to miss school for personal or medical reasons, they can easily stay caught up with the school work via artificial education software. Students also have the ability to learn from anywhere in the world, making higher quality education for rural students and those in low economic areas accessible and affordable.
With the help of AI, students can learn more from home and come to the classroom with a set of core competencies that teachers can then build on. Artificial education is levelling the playing field of education for students across the globe and giving those without access to quality education equal opportunities.
The Bottom Line
While artificial intelligence and education may seem like a futuristic invention, it’s present in our lives and education systems today. With the help of artificial education, we can make both students’ and teachers’ lives easier. Artificial education gives every student the opportunity to receive a quality education, takes the load off teachers, and encourages autonomous learning.
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