What to Remember While Using AI in The Classroom

Education Technology Insights | Thursday, July 19, 2018

Even as teachers have always tried to understand students’ problems and help them out, they are frequently hampered by busy schedules and too many students—this is where AI-powered teaching assistants prove invaluable. By adapting their pacing to suit the student’s ability, the tools provide corrective feedback that aids the improvement process and also help the teacher by providing data about the progress. While AI is feared as a technology that will replace teachers with robots, it will merely help the teacher in identifying problem areas and aid in improving them.

Schools have begun adopting machine learning initiatives that help in filling learning gaps between teachers and students. While integrating AI into classrooms is not an easy task while it is in its nascent phase, it is not impossible. Considering the culture and technical readiness of a school to accept new technology is an important first step in this regard. Several robotic teaching assistants identify the weak point of students and provide feedback on how it can be overcome. Teachers can analyze student data and alter lesson plans as required, which is highly beneficial to students.

Introducing AI to schools requires a minimum technology infrastructure comprising a student information system, digital information resources, assessment data and bandwidth to schools. To optimize the benefit of AI integration, schools need specific data sets, which include grade books and assessments suited to specific standards.

As different AI tools provide different uses, schools implementing AI-based solutions should identify their problem areas, understand how their teachers and students use technology and what mediums they are comfortable with, and how the product will improve the teaching process, before deciding on a particular vendor.

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