In recent years, there have been ongoing dialogues about the use of artificial intelligence (A.I.) and its potential in transforming the global education industry. If the buzz leaves you asking “What is A.I. and how A.I. can help me as an educator?,” you are most certainly not alone.
Perhaps the most persistent of concerns encapsulating the minds of teachers is that the use of A.I. will eventually replace them and eliminate the human touch in the learning process. The reality of the situation cannot be further from the truth.
So, how can A.I. helps teachers? A symbiotic relationship between a human educator and artificial intelligence can provide better educational experiences for students in the long run.
A.I. helps teachers automate grading tasks and refocus your attention on teaching
Aside from teaching, educators are responsible for grading homework and tests, and often have to do this arduous task alone. As a result, there is less time to prepare for upcoming lessons and even less for professional and personal development.
If you are constantly bogged down with grading multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank scripts, having A.I. take over to do it for you can free up your time, allowing you to focus on marking open-ended questions and child development. If you are a teacher specialising in teaching mathematics or other quantitative topics such as physics that have well-defined input and output values, using A.I. to automate the grading process is fast and highly accurate.
A.I. may work well for homework and test papers with quantitative properties, but it is still in its infancy for grading essays and content with less structurally defined answers. That does not mean that you cannot use A.I. to supplement your classes and ease your grading workload. As long as questions posed to your students are structured around multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank questions, you can incorporate A.I. into your lesson plans.
A.I. helps teachers monitor each student’s progress and prompt you to take action
When your students interact with A.I. during their lessons, they are embarking on their own learning journey at their own pace. While this may seem like more work for educators because of the additional need to keep track of varying progress, it is less complicated than that.
Educators will still be in the know about where each student stands in the curriculum, their knowledge and grasp of certain topics, and areas they need to improve – all with a few clicks of a mouse. Should there be an issue with any student’s performance at any stage, A.I. can alert you and bring your attention to that issue immediately. This is useful for teachers who want to monitor their students’ progress and tailor course materials and homework accordingly.
A.I. helps teachers identify common problems faced by students
Without the emergence of A.I., a teacher can only second-guess the concepts his or her students are struggling with. More often than not, teachers assume that students who need help will be the ones to ask questions during their classes. However, some students may choose to keep their questions to themselves for fear of being in the spotlight and judged for their doubts. By continuing to make inaccurate assumptions, there is a high chance that you are covering topics that require less attention, when there are more pressing chapters that need more attention and focus in the classroom.
By utilising A.I., you will be able to accurately determine what questions your students have difficulty answering, and identify the underlying fundamentals that need to be revised to bring the overall grade average up.
A.I. helps teachers get your students interested in a wide spectrum of topics
Learning is often seen as an energy-draining and boring process as students are only given the options of laboriously reading wordy textbooks and listening to their teacher drone on and on. As such, it is difficult for many to retain new information or have the motivation to better their existing grades.
Learning software that has the support of A.I can inject some fun and excitement into your lesson plans. Not only will you be able to engage your students with interactive games and learning programmes, you will also be able to provide each child with the opportunity to have a more personalised and experiential learning journey.
Using your authoritative power as a teacher to coerce your students to read more material or to listen to your lectures can only go so far. The eagerness of a child to learn must come from their own willpower to learn and their fascination with immersing themselves in content – be it in paper form or through digital platforms. Rather than working against these obstacles, the use of A.I. can help you reignite the spark of interest and curiosity your students will have towards education.