Have a question? Ask Siri. Want to order a pizza? Amazon Echo is there for you. There are AI technologies to help us park our car, polish our photos, and automate our time.
The technology hasn’t been as widespread in K-12 education, but that could soon change. A recent piece of research predicted that AI in education could see an expansion rate of more than 47 percent by 2021.
Artificial Intelligence can be an excellent supplement for the work of the teacher. Personalized Tutors for Students< Anyone who has spent time around children understands that they learn at different rates. Some students are also auditory or visual learners. Personalized AI tutors within the classroom could offer an alternative method for teaching students the fundamentals. The technology is here, and being improved on. IBM and Microsoft are working on classroom applications. Other examples of tutoring AI include Thinkster Math, Carnegie Learning or Third Space Learning. Essentially, AI can help with the basic skills so that teachers can focus on the more advanced, creative-based topics – at least until the technology is more developed.
It’s conceivable at some point that we could have AI programs that serve as companions to students throughout the course of their K-12 education, collecting data on the student and offering custom solutions along the way.
A New Kind of Teacher’s Assistant
AI might be able to help the teacher with classroom tasks as well. Since artificial intelligence is good at handling repetitive tasks, it could be an asset for grading. Teachers can use any newfound time to better interact with students.
More Customized Lessons
Teachers could conceivably use AI to create more customized lessons for their students. The information for lessons can be compiled in a more personalized way than what appears inside the course textbook.
Helping Students Learn
Traditionally the K-12 system in the United States has been designed to prepare students for manufacturing work, or helping them develop the skills they’ll need as they select a career and stay with an employer for many years.
The reality is that the economy and the workplace are changing. AI can help prepare our grade school students for jobs that don’t yet exist. Bringing AI into the classroom can be an innovative tool to help teach students the skills they will need for the future.
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