Artificial Intelligence: Coming to a Classroom Near You

Whether you realize it or not, artificial intelligence (AI) has slowly made its way into many aspects of our lives — and the classroom is no exception. From Amazon recommending products it thinks you might like to your smart phone predicting what you’ll type next, AI is all around. While it’s not likely that your student’s teacher will be replaced with a robot any time soon, technology is changing the way learning takes place, and that can be beneficial to your child’s success.

If you’ve stepped into a classroom lately, you’ll notice that fewer teachers are using chalkboards or even white boards, and many are turning to SMART Boards, iPads, Chrome Books, and other devices. This is for good reason — technology allows students and teachers to interact with information in ways they never could before. Check out just a few of the ways AI is impacting education:

Personalized Learning

Online modules allow students to work at their own pace in order to master content. Plus, the computer can analyze their responses and determine what areas they need more time on or reinforcement. Teachers are able to customize lessons to student needs and abilities more effectively than ever so that students are all learning the same concepts but on their level. If your child excels in math or reading, they’ll receive lessons that challenge and stimulate them rather than becoming bored and losing focus with a concept they already understand. On the other hand, if they are struggling, information can be broken down to help them grasp material better.

Improved Grading

Teachers no longer have to devote a large chunk of their time to grading and can spend more time working directly with students. Multiple choice tests are quickly scanned using AI and teachers receive instant feedback on what questions students got correct, and which ones they missed. It can also identify gaps in learning if a majority of students all missed the same questions, meaning teachers can go back and reteach this information. Programs are even being developed to grade written responses.

Student-Driven Learning

Through AI, programs can be adjusted as students learn. For instance, the difficulty of practice questions varies based on whether they get answers correct or incorrect. If they’re whipping through fractions but struggling with algebra, the computer focuses more on the topics they need help with rather than those they’ve mastered. This is key given that classroom size is growing and not all students are on the same level in every subject. Teachers become facilitators rather than lecturers.

Extra Support

There are also tons of programs available for students to practice what they’re learning whether at school or at home. They can receive instant feedback and more explicit instructions for challenging material. As a parent, you don’t have to scramble to remember what you learned in school and figure out how to explain it to your child. Plus, they can learn on the go using smart phones or tablets in the car or while waiting for baseball or piano practice to start. Information is at their fingertips, and it is fun and engaging.

Artificial intelligence is taking education to the next level, but it’s not perfect. There are still limitations to what it can and cannot do. Supplement your student’s learning with tutoring from Crafting Scholars that is tailored to their unique needs and learning styles. Help them feel more confident in school, taking exams, and preparing for college by contacting us today.