21st Century classrooms: How AI is revolutionising the integrated learning

Adoption of artificial intelligence is on the rise: According to research firm Gartner, 37 percent of organisations have now “implemented AI in some form,” and adoption is up 270 percent over the past four years. 

Put simply, the current climate of AI in schools is hopeful but still on the brink. While technology is rapidly advancing, educators are taking a step-by-step approach to ensure the solutions they adopt deliver specific outcomes to best address existing needs.

The UK’s leading online tutoring platform, MyTutor discusses the ways the implementation of AI can impact classrooms for the better. As artificial intelligence solutions inch ever closer to replicating the basics of authentic human thought patterns, what’s the impact for education? Broadly speaking, next steps for AI in school take three key forms:
  1. Personalising performance: Increased processing power and sophistication will empower AI solutions to better collect and extrapolate information, in turn helping educators create personalised learning plans for each student. New solutions are designed to capture, aggregate and analyse data from multiple sources, allowing teachers to gain student insight based on the entire learning ecosystem.
     
  2. Breaking bias: Human bias remains a stumbling block in education — and, as noted above, is also an emerging concern for AI tools. The future of AI in schools will leverage solutions capable of grading papers and evaluating exams using established rubrics and benchmarks to both automate completion and eliminate bias.
     
  3. Aggregating assistance: Educators are typically masters of their craft; many have multiple degrees and often specialize in niche areas of student development and performance. The problem is that necessary administrative work often frustrates teacher efforts to engage with students. Here, the future of classroom intelligence takes the form of AI-driven assistants that deliver essential data to help teachers do what they do best: connect with students.
Personalisation, adaptive learning, video content, gamification and immersion technology are all changing the way students learn, and in turn, how people are being taught. Even the furniture in learning spaces, such as tables are designed for collaboration and broadens the users’ abilities to interact with and use a range of technology. These are being introduced at a rapid rate within higher education institutions and learning these techniques at school can help adapt to other pedagogical methods introduced later in their academic endeavours.

Because technology is so intertwined in the lives of the younger generations, its integration into the world of learning has been an incredibly important player in equalising education opportunities among students of all socioeconomic, racial and cultural backgrounds. The implementation of technology such as AI in schools can enhance the relationships between teachers and students, create equal opportunities for collaboration among students and simply make learning more meaningful and fun. 
 
21/01/2020