The education industry has made changes in three areas; content, platform, and assessment providers, and each is currently going through a transition.
We have seen publishers working with the challenges of the print to-digital transition. The learning platforms are trying to differentiate in the adaptability, personalisation, and analytics space. Assessment will continue transforming the education industry from multiple-choice tests toward more innovative question types.
Every teacher today is using ICT products with varying degrees of confidence. As teachers, we need to keep learning all the time, being lifelong learners has taken on a whole new meaning for teachers.
While some teachers might still be grappling with the concept of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how it can be used in the classroom, many students and even their parents have some experience with it on a daily basis, for example; SIRI on Apple products or ALEXA from amazon, as well as disease-diagnosing algorithms being used in the medical world.
Artificial Intelligence is changing the world. We need to be also very aware that there is no way to predict exactly what students will need to know. Students are aware that they will need to be flexible, able to work collaboratively, be comfortable with experimentation and able to embrace and embody what it means to be a lifelong learner.
The use of artificial intelligence in education will become increasingly common in the coming years. What seems to be possible in education is that we will have new applications of AI like:
• AI for grading students’ written answers
• Bots that answer students’ questions
• Virtual personal assistants that tutor students
• Virtual reality and computer vision for immersive, hands-on learning
• Simulations and gamification with rich learning analytics
We already have examples: Scientists have developed an algorithm to match pupils with tutors, using artificial intelligence. Georgia Tech professor Ashok Goel has used AI as a teacher’s assistant that answered students’ questions successfully. Robots have written essay of 6000 words, which have been better than many of the students’ essays. But the Bot has not understood what it has been writing!
What role will the school play in the future? – Thinking should be the most important aspect of school culture.
The future of all societies depends on the creativity and competence of the young people who are currently making their way through schools.
Today being “good at school” means for too many students knowing how to play the game of school. This teaches young people that if you just follow the rules you’ll be successful. Asking questions instead of memorising answers will be one feature of being good at school.
Students need to be encouraged to question assumptions, engage in debate and value their own voices as well as those of their peers. Being good at school should mean asking questions instead of memorising answers.
Why not start the new Maths concept by giving them a simple task and letting them figure out their own way of solving the problem? Now Maths seems to use more models where we are holding their hands and telling them step-by-step instructions on how to do something. My experience and also research has shown that hands on experiences with a challenge that doesn’t have one right answer really gets students excited and engaged.
We all know that students are motivated by what interests them. This means that we need to change and update Maths content and use more versatile teaching methods.
I think AI can help us in the classroom, by grading and working as our assistant. It is my hope that #AI forces us to change Maths education. Sharing Good Practice
BY: MAARIT ROSSI