Surely not. That was my first impression, until recently. I mean, think about it for a while. I know computers are taking over jobs, cars are driving themselves, Siri and her friends are being overly helpful and Jarvis is one of the biggest talking points right now. But in the classroom, is the future of education really going to be all about AI?
For sure kids need to be as "addicted" to learning as they are to gaming and learning should certainly be as fun as gaming, in the kids' eyes. At SparkHub we strongly champion the future of EdTech and are excited to be a part of it. But as for AI being the future of education... my view is AI will definitely play a role in education, but I'm still hopeful it is not the sole future of education.
In a recent article, published in Forbes, EdTech writer and contributor Barbara Kurshan pointed out five very clear uses for AI in the classroom of the future, and the last one is particularly relevant to the launch of SparkHub:
- Virtual mentors for every learner: Omnipresent support that integrates user modeling, social simulation and knowledge representation.
- Addressing 21st century skills: Assist learners with self-direction, self-assessment, teamwork and more.
- Analysis of interaction data: Bring together the vast amounts of data about individual learning, social contexts, learning contexts and personal interests.
- Provide opportunities for global classrooms: Increase the interconnectedness and accessibility of classrooms worldwide.
- Lifelong and lifewide technologies: Taking learning outside of the classroom and into the learner’s life outside of school.
In her article, Kurshan says: "I believe that artificial intelligence could play a role in the growing field of learning analytics, evaluating the quality of curricular materials, and in adaptive learning and recommendation engines. There is also the potential for artificial intelligence to create unique learning pathways for individual learners in MOOCs and blended and online learning." Read Kurshan's full article here.
AI & Personalised Learning
It's a fact there is a need for more personalised learning and AI is already making a difference here. As outlined in Intelligence Unleashed: An argument for AI Education report, published by UCL and Pearsons, Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS) which use AI techniques, are already providing one-to-one human tutoring, providing learning activities that are suited to a learner’s cognitive needs, without an individual teacher having to be present. They can also prescribe learning activities according to the students level and ability, providing the most appropriate content for the learner.
AI & Virtual Reality
Another area that could transform the classroom of the future is Intelligent Virtual Reality, to support learning in authentic environments. Imagine studying the ice age and being surrounded by great wooly mammoths, or standing on the edge of an active volcano or being present at a specific moment in history. It is all possible and yes, I will keep flying the flag for AI and Virtual reality for immersive experiences like this. But then starts the whole debate of cost and budgets — a subject that goes hand in hand with education. But that is a whole different conversation.
For now, take a look at the video below, which first sparked the idea for this article.
Please, join SparkHub and share your thoughts in the future of AI in education. We will be running regular AI sessions and articles and engaging with the top experts out there, to share more detailed information. If you would like to contribute your own article or opinion, please do get in touch.
Finally, meet NAO, the friendly little robot who is already proving a success in the classroom.
In 2014, Aldebaran Robotics, the creator of NAO, launched its NAO Challenge. This contest was a great success in getting students excited about learning, especially math, science, programming and technology disciplines included in STEM learning, in addition to teamwork and creativity.
To date over 5000 robots have been sold to educational facilities worldwide. Learn more about NAO here
Further reading on AI in education:
- Look at The Future of Artificial Intelligence in our Lives by VIVIAN MICHAELS
- Read more here about How EdTech is transforming education by Disruptionhub
- Read more on how Education Must adapt to AI induced changes by Atelier