The Artificial Intelligence Market in the US Education Sector 2017-2021 report suggests that experts expect AI in education to grow by 47.50% during the period 2017-2021.
Artificial Intelligence is no longer just contained in science fiction films. It is a part of our everyday lives and in our classrooms. As we use tools like Siri and AmazonĂ?Â˘??s Alexa, we are just beginning to see the possibilities of AI in education.
In fact, AI and education go together like chalk and a chalkboard, and the rising new technology might just be what we need to overhaul the education system and to make sure that every pupil is given the best possible shot at academic success.
The two pillars of the education system, administration and learning environment, both are exploiting the benefits of AI and evolving at a fast pace.
With the expected growth of AI in education, here is a glimpse into some of the roles it will play in the classroom and administration:
Automate Grading :
Current AI technology is already able to automate grading of multiple choice materials, but as AI develops and becomes more intelligent, it is expected that the technology will one day be able to grade more than standardized assessments.
Some of the routine tasks can be managed by AI, as well as communication with students. For example, one college professor successfully used an AI chatbot to communicate with students as a teaching assistant all semester without students knowing they were not talking to a human.
Pearson has already suggested that in the future students will have an AI lifelong learning companion. Essentially, this next generation of students will grow up with an AI companion that knows their personal history and school history. Therefore, it will know each student's individual strengths and weaknesses. There are now smart tutoring systems such as Carnegie Learning that use data from specific students in order to give them feedback and work with them directly.
Meet a Variety of Student Needs
In addition to acting as a personalized learning companion, AI will also be able to help students with special needs by adapting materials to lead them to success. For instance, studies are already showing positive results for AI teaching ASD students social skills.
Allow Teachers to Act as Learning Motivators
As AI takes on more of a teaching role by providing students with basic information, it will change the role of teachers in the classroom. Teachers will move into the role of classroom facilitator or learning motivator. A more digital learning environment is also becoming a reality with institutions such as the University of Southern California (USC) Institute for Creative Technologies developing smart virtual environments and platforms. The organization uses AI, 3-D gaming and computer animation to create realistic virtual characters and social interactions. This initiative includes more than virtual facilitators as augmented reality may soon be part of the classroom as well.
Provide Personalized Help
AI will also provide personalized tutoring for students outside of the classroom. When students need to reinforce skills or master ideas before an assessment, AI will be able to provide students with the additional tools they need for success.
Identify Weaknesses in the Classroom
AI will also work in identifying classroom weaknesses. For instance, AI will identify when groups of students miss certain questions letting the teacher know when material needs to be retaught. In this way, AI will also hold teachers accountable and strengthen best teaching practices.
As AI gets more sophisticated, it might be possible for a machine to read the expression that passes on a student's face that indicates they are struggling to grasp a subject and will modify a lesson to respond to that.
While artificial intelligence will not replace teachers altogether, it is possible that it will reshape the way teachers teach and students learn.
Making the Admission process smother
The admission process is also set to benefit as AI can automate the processing and classification of paperwork.
Addition of Smart Content
The concept of smart content is a hot topic now as robots can create digital content with the same degree of grammatical prowess as their human counterparts, and this technology has finally reached the classroom. AI can help digitize textbooks or create customizable learning digital interfaces that apply to students of all age ranges and grades. One such system called Cram101 uses AI to condense the content in textbooks into a more digestible study guide with chapter summaries, practice tests, and flashcards.
Another platform called Netex Learning allows lecturers and professors to design a digital curriculum and content across a variety of devices, including video, audio, and online assistant. Virtual content such as digital lectures and video conferences are also a reality now thanks to AI.
Connecting the World of Academia - Universal access for all students
Artificial intelligence tools can help make global classrooms available to all including those who speak different languages or who might have visual or hearing impairments. Presentation Translator is a free plug-in for PowerPoint that creates subtitles in real time for what the teacher is saying. This also opens up possibilities for students who might not be able to attend school due to illness or who require learning at a different level or on a particular subject that isn't available in their own school. AI can help break down silos between schools and between traditional grade levels.
In fact, as Hadley Ferguson the executive director of the Edcamp Foundation says, students can actually use such technology in order to interact with their teachers as well as famous authors, experts, and scientists, whose books they may be reading in class.
Intermediate Interval Education
Revision of knowledge when you are just about to forget it is an effective educational and technological solution. Polish inventor Peter Wozniak came up with an educational application based on the effect of the interval. This app keeps track of what you are learning, and when you are doing it. Using artificial intelligence, the application can find out when you most likely have forgotten something and recommend you revise it. It takes only a few revisions to make sure that the information is now stored in your memory for many years.
Distance learning, the locomotive of modern high-tech education, implies running distance exams. How can we conduct it in such a way as to make sure that a student does not cheat? AI-powered protecting systems come to rescue. Proctoring or Proctored Test is a mechanism to ensure the authenticity of the test taker and prevent him/her from cheating via a proctor is present during the duration of the test.
Making education a lot more interesting than before
There are many ways in which AI can make education a lot more interesting. It can create the sort of immersive experience that you need in order to get students hooked on to their class and understand all that is being said. Things such as game technology and simulation are expected to play major roles in this regard. It can actually make education a lot more adaptive and intuitive. In fact, such technology can actually be used in order to encourage students to come together and develop knowledge themselves. This is something that you need so badly in this day and age of short attention span.
AI makes it a lot easy for teachers and school management to keep track of how well or poorly the students are performing. Such systems can be used to deal effectively with the vast volume of data and statistics that these schools and colleges normally have. They can use these to create definite reports that help them understand the progress being made by various students. The best part of all this is that such reports can be created as many times as needed. The quality of data can be enhanced as well.
It would be absolutely foolish to ignore the improvements and possibilities that AI can offer in the domain of education. It is actually supposed to bring about a dramatic improvement in the overall educational experience with AI. In fact, as has been said already, when you have the right teacher using it AI can actually do wonders that traditional methods of education may not be able to do.