The term Artificial Intelligence brings to mind, revolutionary changes in place. From self-running cars, smart phones and homes, predictive entertainment, social media, navigation to banking, artificial intelligence has stepped out from the unreachable pedestals of the scientific world, to our doorsteps and lives. It is to be noted that AI does not just make lives easier, but also brings about high standards of accuracy and attributes. It’s capability of stimulation and assistance is unprecedented. It is no wonder then, that the education sector too jumped the bandwagon, bringing in Artificial Intelligence to modernize education beyond computers and digital inclusions.
Artificial Intelligence in the Education Sector
Education now has the scope to be more personalized, customized, and holistic, with the adoption of Artificial Intelligence, to assist schools, teachers, and students. The farther the sector moves away from traditional teaching methods that only effect students on a broader level, without meeting their learning needs, the closer it is getting to enriching student success through AI. Although the journey has only begun recently, schools across the country are welcoming AI to bring in convenient yet far-reaching assistance, that don’t just make teaching, learning, and administering education easier, but also more effective.
A major portion of an educator’s time, goes in administrative tasks. AI can help teachers with admin tasks such as grading and curriculum management, giving them more time to concentrate on other significant activities such as class management, introducing new learning styles, or professional development. Automation saves a teacher’s time and effort, thus avoiding the everyday grind that may end up demotivating them in the long run. AI is well capable of accurate grading of assessments, and with the constant development in the field, it may soon be able to add the human touch of grading essays and writing. The more teachers rely on AI, the more time they get to focus on students.
- Pattern Identification
AI does an exceptional job of capturing user activities, patterns and interests, over time, without storage space and time constraints. When the right algorithm is applied to patterns, one can deduce the strengths, interests, behavioral patterns, and areas of improvement of a student. This data won’t just help in gaining a deeper insight into their learning skills, abilities and progress, but also provide a picture of the student’s mental and emotional health. Such deep insight, is beneficial to schools, teachers, students, and parents alike, who may use this information to work together in the best interests of the student.
Although individualized learning is highly recommended, it is often not easy to do so, in a classroom with numerous students, restricted with time. AI can bring in this much needed change, by identifying students learning abilities and recommending corresponding context that best appeals to them. It also helps teachers personalize student learning, without the intimidation and overwhelm of traditional approaches to differentiating teaching for different students. Teachers may use AI recommendations to customize assignments, assessments, and homework, to ensure all students feel included. When AI helps personalize learning for each student, depending on their existing patterns, interests, strengths, and skills, it makes a student feel included in the learning process, increases motivation, encourages participation, and brings about a change in perception about education. Such students also tend to focus better, and remember what they learn.
- Teacher Feedback
Traditional methods of taking feedback for teachers, aren’t always effective. While general personal feedback can be relied on, there are not enough measures to accumulate data regularly, that can list out a teacher’s areas of improvement. AI bridges this gap, by helping students and parents provide feedback more effectively. It can also measure teacher effectiveness, based on the students learning within and outside the class. Comparison between timelines and other teachers, gives a clear picture of the teachers’ standing, making feedback more authentic and accurate. The progress a teacher makes after feedback, can also be easily tracked, depending on the changes that reflect in the data.
- Course Development
When students show a similar pattern with regards to a particular topic or chapter, it signifies the effectiveness or the lack of it, of a course. When more students choose a particular topic, it implies that it is well liked. When a majority of students show the scope of improvement in the same area, it calls for attention. Courses, teaching methods, activities and extra-curricular activities, can all be developed, depending on patterns and interests. AI gives a deeper insight into majority behavior, which can be effectively utilized by schools and teachers to develop their general approach and class environment.
While AI may not be able to replace teachers, it can tutor students, helping them with topics that they need further understanding on. Study material and tutoring through AI is smart, comprehensive, and personalized. Students are less intimidated when making mistakes while being tutored through AI, and are open to learning from them. The flexibility and availability of AI tutoring, makes it more convenient. Some advanced technologies also help students interpret what’s being taught in class, making learning much easier. Virtual mentors that function on the basis of AI recommendations, simulations, and inputs, help students throughout their learning journey.
With the vast availability and variety of data and patterns, AI can successfully predict certain behaviors and activities within students. It can also recommend the need for help when appropriate. Predictions of unpleasant nature, can help teachers and parents intervene at the right moment, helping students through difficult times. Untoward behavior and character, can also be prevented from occurring in the future, when predicted in advance.
- School Management
AI enables efficient management of data through out a school network. AI recommendations amongst the school network, can help the school take significant decisions. School management gets to supervise the functioning of several schools in the network, students within the school, and teachers, with the click of a button. AI makes data mining easier and convenient. Management gets to have a clearer picture of the happenings in the school, than a mere bird’s eye point of view, enabling them to be in a place of higher understanding, giving them more scope and leverage, with regards to policy making and change management.
- Addressing Gaps
Digital models of student learning, teacher effectiveness, and over all data, helps recognize learning and teaching gaps. Educators and teachers get to be more aware of student understanding, and also compare teaching and learning effectiveness. Comparison of data, makes it easier to recognize the causes of these gaps. Gaps within student learning, with deep insights into causes, is also made possible with AI. Smart recommendations and concise differentiations, makes the addressing of these tasks less tedious and more effective, while also facilitating the effectiveness post addressing the issue.
- Tracking Progress
The progress of a student learning, throughout a period of time, is made easy through AI. The learning graph of a student, along with relevant influencing factors,provide a detailed understanding of a student’s learning journey. Similarly, AI also facilitates the progress of a teacher’s effectiveness, skills, and professional development. Comparison becomes hassle free, and data more reliable, when resourced information is continually tracked.
How EdSense Uses AI
EdSense uses AI, to integrate the existing B2C supplementary learning methods, digitize student records, suggest effective teaching methodologies, track performances, connect educators, teachers, students and parents on a single platform. EdSense focuses on the unique combination of “Academics – Psychology – Technology”. EdSense personalizes student profile by listing psychometry, academics, health, nutrition, family situation that can be presented as actionable data to teachers & parents. AI provides contextual recommendation & actionable for quick intervention & remediation. Insights and recommendations are offered to parents, to not just help children with education, but also strike meaningful conversations with them. Teacher Professional Development with recommended courses and articles, help teachers enhance their effectiveness. Management among network schools, and compliance is made easy, with EdSense, saving time and efforts effectively.
EdSense, an end-to-end school education platform, takes modernization of education one step ahead, with its cognitive services.