Implications of Artificial Intelligence and internet on school education

“Google, show me some good nearby places to eat tonight”. “Siri, what was the score of the winning team of today’s match?” “Alexa book me two movie tickets for the evening’s show”.”Cortana, set an alarm for 6 am in the morning.” These are some examples of our daily conversations that we have with our AI assistants.

Artificial intelligence can be defined as the ability of computer systems to perform tasks and activities that usually can only be accomplished using human intelligence. Other than Alexa and Siri, that our very own digital voice assistants, we have Tesla the world’s first self driving commercial car that has its own predictive abilities on the road.

If you feel that you are a little old school and you are still less than dependent on the AI, then think again. When we you go for online shopping, to when you are confused about what show to watch on Netflix. AI’s predictive assistant will come to your rescue and let you know just the bag you were looking for or just the right show to calm yourself down after a long day at work. But what about education, has AI spread its tendrils in the field of education?

The answer is yes, without the teachers and students knowing Artificial Intelligence has surrounded them like the branches of the devil’s snare (well off course without strangling them. Well till now!)

Following are the implications of Artificial Intelligence and Internet on education

1. Learning has become more accessible The academic world is becoming more accessible and personalized, thanks to the numerous applications of AI for education. This has changed the way people learn since educational materials are becoming accessible to all through smart devices and computers. Today, students don’t need to attend physical classes to study as long as they have computers and internet connection.

2. Smart Content for all learners Smart class or smart content includes virtual content like video conferencing, video lectures. Textbooks are no more just texts but have reached the screens on this tech savvy generation. Because lets face it making them read a e-book on kindle is much more easier than making them read paperback books. And these e-books save paper as well, so it is a win-win situation for all .

3. Customized learning for every learner AI systems are using traditional syllabuses to create customized textbooks for certain subjects for each pupil. The traditional systems are supposed to cater to the middle but don’t serve pupils of all learning needs sufficiently. Some pupils are struggling to attain their full potential. All this till the advent of Artificial Intelligence. AI customizes in class assignments and in final exams, ensuring that students get the best possible help. It means if a child needs to spend more time in solving word problems, AI will recognize his need and show more results on strategies to solve word problems. Research indicates that instant feedback is one of the keys to successful tutoring. Through AI-powered apps, students get targeted and customized responses from their teachers. Teachers can condense lessons into smart study guides and flashcards. With the introduction of AI, teachers are not necessarily replaced, but they are in a position to perform much better by offering personalized recommendations to each pupil.

4. Teachers to bid a farewell to tedious administrative tasks Not only in education, AI is also helping the teachers accomplish their administrative duties like grading exams, assessing homework, and providing valuable responses to their students. Artificial Intelligence is allowing for automation of classification and processing of paperwork. This gives the teachers extra time to interact with students and guide them personally, rather than doing laborious administrative work. The OMR sheets that we all are filling nowadays in all nation and state level exams are also an example of narrow AI that includes object recognition. This has brought a revolution in the field of government exams since its launch in our country. Now the exam results are available to the candidates much earlier than it used to be before.

5. Keeping students records and marks has become more centralized and less redundant Enterprise Resource Planning, popularly called the ERP has taken the school records and centralized them from head office completely . Now the school admin and teachers won’t have to struggle for keeping records of children in large folders and then stacking them for each academic year. From report card to medical records, each and everything for a particular student is just a click away for the teachers.

6. 180 degree turn in research projects for students. Gone are the days when for research work students had to run to library and search for limited books for the information they need. Only few used to reach on time to grab the edition of the book they need and rest use to be strangled and had to wait for the books for several days or weeks. Now, all the information you need for your research project is just a wiki link away. The problem of limited availability of books is also solved by the extensive availability of e-books present on the web.

7. Change in the dimensions of students engagement. Thanks to the Internet, the sense of student engagement has metamorphosed completely. Earlier it used to be limited to students making charts or flash cards but now students are participating in live quizzes and e-games like Kahoot, which has helped the teacher not only to recapitulate the content but also to assess students’ learning on the go. Now, students can ask a question during the class and they will get their answer then and there and no need for the teacher to park the question and then wait for the class to end for finding the answer.

AI and the internet has shrunken the globe into a small ball, nowadays all learners are global learners who are learning from the teachers that are sitting in the other corner of the world. Educator networking apps like Microsoft educator community and Edmodo have made the impossible possible. Students are doing additional courses on the internet and receiving their certificates for the same at the comforts of their homes. These courses not only help students to expand their horizons but also improve their key competencies like communication and citizenship by interacting with teachers and students of the field siting on the other end of the planet.

This has created 21st century learners who know that knowledge is so broad and dynamic that it can never come from just one source. So all in all, we can say that we are at the path of creating humanoid robots acting as teachers within the next few decades.

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