How AI is making its mark on education
No longer the stuff of science fiction, intuitive Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming a prominent presence in the modern world. Education has not pushed itself as technologically as, say, the banking sector, but teachers have been using gadgets and smart boards for a while now and technology in schools is starting to change. With the growing importance of AI in so many sectors, it is natural to think about how it could be implemented into education in the near future.
Is AI a good idea for education?
Opinions on this matter are quite varied, but AI is slowly creeping into the education system already. Some fear the possibility of AI taking over the sector, leaving teachers jobless and removing the human element of education entirely. Prominent figures like Elon Musk and the late Stephen Hawking expressed concerns about AI, and the issue remains a contentious one. But, for argument’s sake, let’s consider how AI could be put to use in education.
How could AI help?
As it stands, the education system has a pretty ‘one-size-fits-all’ dynamic, even with attempts to be more flexible. AI could be used to analyse the progress students make at the touch of a button, identifying strengths and weaknesses and tailoring the educational programme to fit each individual’s needs. This would benefit students, who could focus on the things that interest them, and teachers who could spend more time teaching and less analysing grades and numbers.
AI could also identify a flaw in certain courses. For example, if all students struggle with a particular assignment, the AI could spot this trend and suggest ways to overcome the problem. Furthermore, grading and handling of documentation could all be automated, freeing up teachers to focus more on actually teaching. And students could get detailed, personalised feedback to help them with their ongoing educational journey.
Implementing AI into the education system doesn’t need to threaten the jobs of teachers; it is more likely to make the bureaucratic side of the teaching profession less burdensome, helping them focus on interacting and working with their students. With the assistance of AI, classroom atmosphere could be improved and teachers could do the important part of their job without becoming weighed down by paperwork, and that can only be a good thing.