AI and its impact in the Classroom

The emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) technology is transforming education, from curriculum design to assessments. For years, educators have struggled to help each learner with their individualised learning needs, with large numbers of students in the classroom, standardised tests, trying to manage parents and satisfying often changing curriculum requirements. AI could never replace our educators but it will empower and enable schools and educators to do more than ever before.

Here are 5 examples of AI technology improving classrooms:

  1. Brainly

This social learning platform connects students from all over the world, enabling them to explore questions and concepts together. Using Machine Learning algorithms to filter out spam, Brainly allows users to ask homework questions and receive automatic, verified answers from fellow students. The site even helps students to collaborate to come up with correct answers on their own.

 

  1. Content Technologies, Inc. (CTI)

CTI uses Deep Learning to create customised textbooks and fit the needs of specific courses and students. Educators import syllabi into a CTI engine. CTI machinery then masters the content and uses algorithms to create personalised textbooks and coursework based on core concepts.

 

  1. Presentation Translator

This is a free plugin for PowerPoint that creates real-time subtitles of what the teacher is saying, displaying them below the presentation. Deaf or hard-of-hearing students can follow along with real-time transcriptions, either on the educator’s display or by joining the conversation on their smartphone. Now not only are we reaching more learners through various languages but also those with disabilities.

 

  1. Thinkster Math

This is a tutoring app that blends real math curriculum with a personalised teaching style. The app assigns a “back-end” tutor who analyses the students mental processes. The app presents the learner with different problems appropriate to their skill-set. As learners write out how they have reached an answer, the app analyses their written work to determine where they have gone wrong or misunderstood an important problem solving step. Thinkster Math improves each learner’s logic process by providing video assistance and immediate, personalised feedback.

 

  1. Avatar Kids

Avatar Kids provides absent children (possibly due to long-term medical problems) a physical presence in the classroom. It provides full video and audio connections to their hospital or home so they can continue learning. The learner uses a tablet to control the robot’s movements, speech, send images to classmates and answer questions by raising the robot’s hand and speaking through a connected microphone and speaker.

 

While there is no replacing our educators, AI will only help improve our classrooms and educational experiences as well as making education more accessible to those with disabilities.

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