Pessimists will sound the alarm on the drawbacks of letting machine learning dominate the education space. For them, it’s a scary prospect for robots to be responsible for the education of their children. But that’s not true, right? Nothing will take the place of human knowledge and sharing when it comes to education. This much we know to be true. However, there is also nothing wrong with capitalizing on the incredible advantages of AI.
It is a strange feeling indeed to live in a world where machines will soon take over jobs and other human roles. Can you imagine speaking to a robot cashier or being served your meals by a robot waiter? You know about a robot bartender. That’s an interesting concept for bars and pubs. But how about AI in the school setting? There’s a reason computer engineering degrees have suddenly become a thing in the past decades. These engineers now create the hardware and software to make machine learning possible.
Not only is it a profitable career, but it also allows you to tap the hidden skills and talents of these “machines.” You’re allowing them to augment the education system in places where well-educated and well-trained teachers are hard to come by. AI will improve the day-to-day lives of students, educators, and school administrators.
Some tutoring programs already exist in the App Store. You can download any of these apps to help you with English, Science, Math, and even something as common as penmanship. Students as young as three years old can learn how to read and write using these programs. The tutoring program will even assess the progress of the students to make an appropriate recommendation on tutoring.
While these will help teach them the fundamentals of the courses, they don’t teach high-order thinking. This is something still left to the teachers. That’s why no AI can ever replace real-world educators.
Teachers can finally quit grading and spend more time with their teachers. All they have to do is input the scores the students obtained in the exams. The machine will do all the computing. This has been around for quite some time, but it’s not only lately that teachers realized what they are missing. The teachers can automate grading for multiple-choice and fill-in-the-blank tests. As for essays and those needing analytical thinking, the teachers can set aside time for that.
Many believe, of course, that there will come a time when AI can already grade essay-type exams. There will be parameters and keywords in the future that students have to hit when answering essays. There are already programs for these, but they are still in their infancy.
Students who do not have the resources to go out of state or country to visit museums, landmarks, and other sites can tour them virtually instead. If you are a history teacher discussing the Holocaust, then a virtual reality tour of the Holocaust Museum is just what you need. VR makes things fun for students even without money or time to travel. It opens up a whole new world for them that would’ve otherwise remained close even in theory.
Not all students are alike. Thankfully, education software can now adapt to the students’ needs. Using machine learning, the software can come up with learning programs, games, and other activities that will augment the students’ learning process. These programs are designed to help students work at their own pace. The best thing about this is the teachers don’t have to personally assess the situation and design the appropriate intervention.
Educators will miss out on certain gaps in the educational materials and resources that students have at their disposal. This is especially true in online learning setups. Some of these topics may leave students confused. Fortunately, AI can solve that problem. It can identify gaps by measuring the number of times students had the wrong answer to a question. The software can then sound an alarm, so the teacher can take a look into how to support the students’ learning.
Finally, AI will provide feedback to both parties. The students have to understand what their shortcomings are and why they are failing in their performance. The teachers need to identify the problems, too, and come up with solutions. Maybe certain students need more guidance and face-to-face interactions? What issues are the students facing and how can the teachers help them with these problems?
In a world forever altered by computers, is it still surprising to know that AI will someday rule the education sector. Sure, you might not be alive to see the day when robots are literally in classrooms, but it pays to realize that this can happen. You don’t have to be scared of how this progresses because humans will always have a higher intelligence capacity than machines and devices. You just have to know how to use them to your advantage.