How Data Will Empower AI Teacher of the FutureMonica GillBlockedUnblockFollowFollowingJun 10Image Source: https://geneticliteracyproject.
jpgTraditional classrooms haven’t changed much in a century or two.
Children come to the class where teachers lecture them and then, evaluate them on a rigid scale through tests and exams.
The education today fails us at two main counts:It fails to recognize that each student is different and needs to be taught different things.
No wonder, the education environment in schools and colleges is so stressful for the students today.
It does not allow students to learn at their own pace.
Our curriculum is set according to the average learner in class which places both overachievers and underachievers at a disadvantage.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and data empowered virtual teachers (or robo-teachers) are all set to change the way human students of the future will learn.
Here are some of the ways in which AI teachers will bring about changes in the field of education:Handle admissions, maintain attendance records, and grade examsEvery teacher will agree that a quarter of his or her time and energy gets spent in the most mundane and boring tasks such as taking attendance, managing admission and enrollment procedures, and grading tests and exams.
AI teachers can be programmed to quickly complete all these tasks in an error-free manner.
Since they can process a large amount of data within defined parameters, AI can make it possible to accomplish more using less manpower.
Right now, computers are already being used to grade objective-type, multiple-choice, and single-response questions.
With time, the advancements in natural language processing (NLP) will soon make it possible for AI teachers to grade essays as well as a human teacher.
Make learning accessible for everyoneVirtual AI teachers make it possible to bridge all kinds of educational gaps.
Mr Timothy Lim, a top Geography teacher at Smiletutor.
sg, remarks: “I often use nteresting web-based or mobile games and apps to keep the students engaged in learning.
For example, Google Earth and Bonza National Geographic apps are great study resources for Geography students to keep them interested.
”AI-based learning apps also make it possible for good teachers to reach out to students in remote locations.
In areas facing acute shortage of teachers or network connection problems, it is possible to use AI teachers to deliver education to children.
AI teachers in the future deliver education in different formats — text, audio, and video — and can work across language barriers.
Even today there are smart and automated translation systems that can translate sentences in one language to another language.
They can be refined in the future to allow AI teachers to deliver education in the language and format most suitable to individual students (including the ones who have physical and mental impairments that hamper their learning processes.
Offer personalized curriculumOne thing that will make AI teachers of the future better than human teachers is the power of data.
They can be designed to evaluate students’ abilities and interests using various psychometric scales.
Then, they can deliver educational modules on the basis of their individual profile.
Unlike today, when every child learns the same subjects in the same order, AI teachers of tomorrow will be able to teach knowledge and skills that students will actually use to realize their full potential.
Moreover, AI teachers will be able to customize themselves according to an individual’s need.
It means that while human teachers have the limitation of teaching in one-to-many style, AI teachers will be easily able to deliver knowledge on a one-to-one basis which will be like having one teacher for every student!Never get tired or frustratedWhy do you think AI teachers will be cool?.Because they will never get tired or frustrated.
They can answer the same set of questions again and again without feeling exasperated or bored.
In fact, many chatbots using Natural Language Processing (NLP) technology still retrieve the relevant piece of content for the user (based on the keywords in the questions they ask).
Students think that robo-teachers will be more approachable.
If a Siri like teacher could fetch the information for every subject, their grades would definitely improve.
Even the introvert students who feel shy to ask students in the class will find it easy to ask questions to their personal AI tutors.
Provide educational support beyond the classroomAI teachers can provide support to students even after school hours.
Students will be able to ask them questions from anywhere and at any time, and they can fetch you in-depth information on any given topic with microseconds.
Analyzing the student data, the AI teachers will be able to identify topics in which students are most interested in — and deliver them increasingly challenging curriculum on those topics.
Using the recommendation engine mechanism (which helps YouTube to recommend new songs from the artists or genres you like or Facebook to recommend products you might be interested in), the AI teachers will be able to recommend next topic that students might like to explore.
AI teachers can employ the audio-visual medium to teach the students.
It means that these teachers will not only prescribe books but also show them pictures, animations, videos, and even events and conferences related to the subject to the students.
Provide an experiential and immersive virtual environmentOculus Rift and similar VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality) devices are already changing the way we see the world.
The scenes created after assimilating thousands of sets of data are so powerful at times that you feel as if you are part of them.
Now, imagine studying Biology while exploring inside the body, or history of the French Revolution where you can see what happened then as if you have time-traveled to that era.
This is what AI teachers can do for the next generation.
Infographics and virtual field trips will make education far more interesting and easier to remember.
Boring textbooks are all set to be replaced by fun and flexible immersive experiences where students can learn by doing (such as performing practicals, or designing prototypes of machines and envisioning how they work).
AI teachers will have the power of data and information like never before.
They will make excellent tools in the hands of capable ‘human’ teachers and revolutionize the field of education.
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