This #TeacherAppreciationWeek, our #BuilderxYou participant Kai Fraizer has us thinking about the future of education for kids. Kai’s startup, Curated x Kai, recently partnered with Mozilla to provide access to (VR) technology to kids across the US. We’re elated to be creating a killer (non-VR) mobile app for Curated x Kai.
At Engineer.ai, we’re excited to use artificial intelligence to power the future of software development and cloud management. We understand AI plays a role in every industry, and we’re glad to utilize this technology (alongside a human capacity [Creator] network of 75,000) to improve access to tools that help companies launch and scale their ideas.
Why we care
As we broaden access to AI-powered technology for our numerous clients globally, we’re curious about how AI influences other industries (think: real estate for example). So we're starting a series on the Future of X (industry) utilizing AI. This time, we start with the future of education.
If we told you artificial intelligence can make education better, what would you say? From our perspective, we believe AI could upend traditional problems faced by the education system in numerous ways.
Let’s get specific, 10 ways AI will change the educational system, more specifically, below:
#1 Teacher and faculty can collaborate with AI
Physical, human teachers see certain limitations. Namely, there is no scalable way for students to participate with teachers as class sizes grow. This leads to gaps of knowledge between the lessons teachers submit to their administrators and the principles students are able to absorb.
With better use of AI (as well as VR and other technologies), participation can become more scalable to allow engagement between classes of all sizes and teachers (who then have more time to focus on making their lessons as fun and engaging as they are educational for their pupils).
#2 Increasingly individualized, personalized learning
Since learning styles differ from child to child, personalized learning is invaluable, particularly for children who face additional learning challenges (like those children with ADHD, Autism or Dyslexia). While it’s not manually possible for a teacher to cater to every child’s ability in a class of 30+ students, AI technology can.
And it can help kids experiment to find which is the best way for them to learn new skills--all in a scalable way. To this end, AI can help schools, colleges and universities design curriculum, test and provide valuable feedback to students throughout each educational level. Kids are more technology-savvy than ever before. What better time to introduce them to new educational technologies that can help improve their long-term learning skills?
#3 Making education accessible to all
AI-enabled tools make classrooms available to all, regardless of language, location or physical impairment. This helps provide a quality education to students who might not otherwise be able to access it. How? Think about a student in the hospital. Their choice is either skip school for 8 weeks or attend classes virtually and not fall behind in their studies. Thanks to AI, students can attend classes no matter their current physical location.
#4 More automation, less admin duties
A teacher spends hours weekly--even daily--in performing non-educational administrative duties including an extensive amount of bureaucratic paperwork. With the help of AI, these tasks could be completed faster and more easily for teachers.
This allows more time for teachers to invest in each student and to plan additional activities to engage inside and outside the classroom. Instead of spending time with unnecessary administrative tasks, teachers can focus on the strengths, including connecting with and inspiring their students.
#5 Objective, automated grading systems
Grading can be a difficult process that burdens teachers who can be understandably subjective in their grading. Instead, AI-based computer programs can replicate a teacher’s behavior to evaluate and assign grades to students’ tests. This standardizes assessing every child’s knowledge and keeps the teacher available to do other, more pressing work. Of course, like when designing any other AI, the algorithms employed should be reviewed consistently to remain error-free.
#6 Personal and virtual teachers
Although it’s happening slowly, some universities are introducing virtual teachers and faculty, who can help students that need more assistance. Whether human educators are available or not--as virtual teachers are available anytime. Here, virtual teachers could assist students having trouble understanding a particular lesson, for example.
#7 Chatbots making campus life easier
Chatbots are being used more and more in software development to answer customers’ questions quickly and easily across the web. Think about this in an educational setting for students. An AI-powered Chatbot called Chat Campus which is available around the clock to answer a multitude of common questions about the campus. For example, where will the next class take place or what are the details of the next assignment? This frees up time for both teachers and administrators to attend to more pressing tasks.
#8 Increasingly adaptive learning
This is one of the most crucial areas where AI could be beneficial in educational settings. With the help of AI, schools could be enabled to keep track of the progress of each student. The result: finding a course that best suits the individual needs of a student with real-time updates to the teacher about the unique challenges each student faces.
#9 Better institutional management
With a growing number of schools across the globe, there’s an increasing interest in school management platforms for educational administrators. AI helps create such platforms, which can assist institutions with non-educational tasks like recruitment, data processing and accounting, just to name a few.
#10 Expanded safety and security
For every educational institution, keeping students safe and free from violence or bullying is a high priority. Thankfully, AI can aid institutions in spotting patterns in a student’s behavior or conduct to gauge the risk of school violence. Students who are consistently violent towards others can be handled with more humanity, but can also be better tracked to ensure their patterns of violence are stopped.
Conclusion & sidenote
Overall, AI in education could vastly improve the quality time between teacher and student. It can help overall improve the experience for all stakeholders, including students, teachers and administrators. The side note here is care needs to be taken through the process of using the most fair and balanced human-assisted AI algorithms.
We’ll be covering how other industries are likely to be impacted by AI. Want your industry to be covered here? From wineries to real estate, we here for developing your business #BuilderGeneration. We’d love to hear your thoughts on social media or comment below.
Top image thanks to Artem Bali.