How Artificial Intelligence can enhance educational efforts

By taking advantage of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, schools are giving teachers more tools to help their students while removing unnecessary obstacles.

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WASHINGTON, November 5, 2016 — You may think artificial intelligence (AI) devices are a replacement for our brains. After all, when you can’t figure out a math problem or don’t remember a history fact, all it takes is asking your virtual assistant a quick question to find a result.

AIs, however, can enhance our education. By taking advantage of artificial intelligence technologies, schools are giving teachers more tools to help their students while removing unnecessary obstacles so they can better retain information. Here are a few ways AI technologies can aid in education

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Image courtesy Pixabay.

AI is Grading for Teachers

Grading takes a great deal of time away from teachers, both on a K-12 level and a college level. This is time that could be better spent on interacting with students and providing individual attention, but teachers simply don’t have the schedule to do both. AIs are making it possible for the educators to use their human creativity where it’s most needed – with students – by providing accurate assistance in grading student work. There are still some errors to be found in this process, as each student is different and a good grade isn’t always a technically accurate grade. But the technology is evolving to close that gap.

AI Can Track Student Knowledge

For a teacher, it’s difficult to devote individual attention to each student given ever-increasing class sizes. Understanding which pupils are actually grasping the knowledge and which pupils need more help is hard to assess even face-to-face. But today, AIs can help identify just how much students are actually learning.

Adaptive learning systems such as DreamBox, along with the help of converged infrastructure, can assess results from individual students ranging from grades to classroom participation, while assessing how much knowledge each student is actually gaining. On top of this, AI technologies can recommend the steps teachers can take to help each student learn more while overcoming educational stumbling blocks. That way, if one pupil is more hands-on than another, AI will recommend why the teacher can cater to this situation, while if another student thrives better with a different teaching technique, AI will suggest ways the teacher may accommodate these needs as well.

AI Scheduling Improves Teacher-Student Interaction

Sometimes there just isn’t enough time in the day. When students need to speak with their teachers, and when teachers need to make time for one-on-one student interaction, scheduling to suit both can be an impossible task.

The AI system “NewClassrooms” is simplifying this process by gathering data on student and teacher schedules and providing a customized look on when the best time to interact would be, all made possible via insights based on habits and actual workloads. So even if a teacher has a free day usually devoted to something else, the AI will be able to assess that teacher’s most productive and free days, enabling the teacher to help students without disrupting his or her own life and family.

AI Can Teach Humans How to Teach Better

Learning from others’ example doesn’t stop once you’ve graduated. Within any given school, there may be some teachers who possess better practices and more effective teaching habits for, who manage their time more efficiently, or come up with reliable and effective new lesson plans. Rather than agonizing personally over which teacher to use for inspiration, AI systems such as “BrightBytes Clarity” analyze all teaching habits and schedules and condense the most effective practices across the board. This makes it possible for teachers to view in clear data precisely how their students react to certain techniques, what schedule brings about the best results, and which teachers seem to have the best approach for encouraging information retention among their pupils. Other teachers can then look at these examples and apply them to their own teaching techniques more effectively.

AI Can Find the Perfect Teachers

The best way for a school or university to teach students is match them with the perfect teacher. For them. Systems such as “MyEdMatch” and “TeacherMatch” are specially designed to locate the best teachers available and match them up—based on history, practices, and personality—with the schools and classes they’re best suited for. In simple terms, these operate much like a dating site, but for schools, finding the most compatible options for those seeking out a companion – or, in this case, the right educator.

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