Is there a way to make the classroom more exciting and interactive? Yes, there is! One of the recently developed resources that can be used in order to improve classes is artificial intelligence, also known as AI.
According to Techopedia, artificial intelligence is defined as “a computer science that emphasizes the creation of intelligent machines that work and react like humans”. With the actual technological advancement, artificial intelligence has the potential to change the way teaching and learning are done. Here are some examples:
Real-time Voice Translators
Let’s take as an example the Mediterranean states that feel the effects of the refugee crisis. Together or alone with the parents come the children. As these states desire to integrate the children in the community, they enroll them in schools. But most of the times, these children can’t communicate the language of the majority. In this case, the students can use these apps.
Some of these little helpers can be found on the market, but they still need some improvements. In some years, we are going to use them to their full capacity, for sure.
Siri, Cortana, Google Now
All of them can help with planning lessons or common events that students and teachers have to attend. Instead of using the alarm clock, these virtual assistants can help you set a reminder.
They can also prove useful when searching for the information you need. Moreover, they could be a solution for those classes where students have different learning speeds.
Feedback for Course Improvement
This system is already used by a big education platform and, in time, it will become every teacher’s friend. Finding out exactly what students are missing or what they find difficult is of great help and it gives teachers a chance to improve themselves.
Automatic Essay Scoring
While still under development, it seems to have great potential in taking over this task. Having too many students can impede any willing teacher to correct everything with accuracy. Though it doesn’t make the class more exciting, it sure gives the teacher enough time to concentrate on other aspects of teaching. Also, the accusations of bias in grading will disappear.
Jill Watson, Another Type of Virtual Assistant
This one is not a simple way to integrate AI in your classroom at the moment but deserves mentioning as it will most probably get more accessible in the future. It can be found both in the USA and Norway where it answers frequently asked questions related to artificial intelligence.
It might be the best tool to use outside the classrooms, but it can also be useful when it comes to speeding up the learning process. Such examples are pedagogical agents, as the English E-teacher app that is based on compiling data to make English more accessible to learners from China.
The best feature of these kinds of tutors is that teaching is personalized and it answers the exact needs of the student. Another similar example is ZOSMAT, that is doing exactly this – after assessing what part of a school subject presents more difficulties for the student, the program adapts to his or her needs.
This doesn’t make the classroom fun and, at times, it can have the opposite effect. It must be agreed on the fact that it surely helps in diminishing the percent of students that take up this unfair habit. Some consider that anti-plagiarism software based on AI is better than the classical one.
All these apps might sound unreal and scary. Still, there is no doubt that as technology evolves, we are going to make AI an indispensable part of our lives.