Artificial intelligence technology brings many benefits to fields as diverse as health, governance, transportation, industry, etc. What does it bring to the area of education?
Artificial intelligence has diverse applications in the world of education. With the current pandemic and the uncertainty about the educational model to be followed, it is particularly relevant and will accelerate its development enormously.
The report Artificial Intelligence Market in the US Education Sector 2018-2022 pointed to annual growths of around 50% in AI in the education sector.
The application of artificial intelligence in education can classify it according to who it is aimed at.
Advantages of AI for students
Anytime education: young people prefer to perform daily tasks with their smartphones or tablets. AI-based applications provide the opportunity to study anytime, anywhere.
Applications can be configured depending on the needs of the students. AI-based solutions can be adapted according to the student’s level of knowledge, topics of interest, etc. The system can be programmed to help students strengthen their weak points.
Personalization: One step further, using algorithms, the knowledge, and interests of learners can be analyzed and provide more personalized recommendations and training programs.
Virtual tutor: Artificial intelligence-based platforms offer virtual tutors to track learners’ progress. These virtual mentors do not replace the real ones but are a bridging tool between teachers and students.
Opportunity to find the most suitable teacher: Educational platforms have many teachers so that students can communicate with specialists from other countries. AI educational platforms can offer the most appropriate tutors, depending on the learner’s teaching experience, social skills, and specific needs.
Study assistance: Many artificial intelligence tools can help you handle some study assignments, such as writing content or solving a math task. This will make completing tasks on topics you may not be good at much more accessible. Just type in Google “write my paper for me using AI,” and you will find plenty of paid and free sites to help you with this task. Yes, of course, the quality may vary, but you must agree that 20 years ago, it was hard to imagine.
Advantages of AI for teachers
In addition to those mentioned above, which are also advantages for teachers, we have:
Opportunity to detect weaknesses: Assessment algorithms allow seeing gaps in students’ knowledge. For example, the Coursera platform can notify the teacher if many students choose incorrect answers to a particular question. As a result, the tutor has the opportunity to pay attention to the demanded topic.
Better student engagement: Technologies involved with artificial intelligence, such as virtual reality and gamification, help engage students in the educational process, making it more interactive.
Helps in curriculum creation: Teachers do not need to create a curriculum from scratch. AI helps in searching and compiling the necessary educational materials. Artificial intelligence can also boost efficiency, streamlining administrative tasks that allow teachers the time and freedom to pay more profound attention to their students.
Social integration and inclusion: Artificial intelligence tools can help students who speak different languages or who may have visual or hearing disabilities to be integrated into classrooms. For example, Presentation Translator is a free add-in for PowerPoint that, among other things, can create real-time captions of what the teacher is saying. Artificial intelligence can help break down social silos and also between traditional grade levels.
On another note, given that today’s students will have to work in a future where artificial intelligence will be present in all areas of life, our educational institutions must expose students to the technology, become familiar with it and know how to use it.