18 May In What Ways Could Artificial Intelligence Impact Education?
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has made its mark in the news lately – whether the headline be Amazon’s Alexa giggling in the middle of the night or Elon Musk’s self driving Tesla. While the ambiguity of the topic at the moment may be a tad concerning, the future is here. What will the educational world look like after AI has progressed more?
For teachers, they could see an expedition of simple tasks, such as grading. With technology such as Scantron, multiple choice tests can be graded almost instantly. Imagine a future where this technology advances, perhaps it will be able to detect grammatical errors in essays.
Additionally for teachers, there will be opportunities to track your students’ progress in a way that’s available for both the student and parents to use as well. AI can reduce the need for a conference, when the parents can see right on their phone what their child is struggling with.
For students, there will be many opportunities for individualized learning plans according to Adrien Smith, CEO of Bouquet. AI will be able to assess a student’s needs and create a plan that will work for them.
AI could be especially beneficial to children who struggle with learning disabilities. Learning disabilities often impact a student’s processing rate and how they learn. With these individualized plans, AI can make the lives of many students much easier, says Ilker Koskal for Forbes.
Additionally, students have the opportunity to seek help in ways they may not have been able to before. With the introduction of online resources, such as apps and websites, students can get low-cost or even free homework help. Even an app as simple to the naked eye as Grammarly and plagiarism finder, TurnItIn, both use very complex AI to catch your mistakes.
“We know that university is stressful for students. We know not all students come into universities having formal opportunities to improve studying strategies and skills. It’s an opportunity to fill the gaps,” Jason Harley of the University of Alberta told The Guardian. We are seeing automation more and more, everyday. Let’s embrace it and use it to our advantage to empower the next generation!
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