When looking at how automation has improved over the years, its usage has become integral to many career fields. One that may not immediately come to mind is Education.
Automation is an oddity in education as people would rather learn from a human teacher than from an emotionless machine. A teacher is by far the better choice for the classroom and when paired with an AI to oversee the room, it might become even better. There are a few ways that AI has and will help teachers become more efficient in the coming years.
One such way of making sure that AI helps teachers is through grading and the speed that grading takes. Many have had anticipation when waiting for a grade but then have to deal with waiting for your grades. Through AI, that suspense is a thing of the past. The answers are entered to match the known answer to the marked answer and graded from those answers.
A great example of this is scantron technology which simplifies the grading process. Using a grid format, the teacher enters the sheets into the scanner and grades a whole class’s tests in an hour instead of a day. There have also been many other forms of AI grading tests and papers in order to help teachers plot out lesson plans while grades can be focused on in the background.
Another way for AI to help is by making sure the students understand what they are learning and also making sure it is up to those students’ standards. Every teacher is different and will focus on certain topics while neglecting others. The AI will make sure that if necessary the students will get their own personalized lesson plans.
Through multiple different means, the AI pulls information in order to make this lesson plan successful. One such way is for the AI to summarize all the data that a student has created or studied throughout their time and spit out areas that should be studied based on another student that was compared to them. This will show what students should focus on in their lessons. Doing this helps make sure students are able to stay on track for their lessons and progress without issue.
Identifying Classroom Issues
AI has a way of seeing what happens in its environment. The system is able to evaluate what is happening and find any problems. If an AI is programmed to understand the error, it would be easy for it to see the failure of people and how those people can improve. Though it would help in some areas, the most definite way to use AI is to make sure that problems in the room are addressed and handled.
With many possible issues that could be missed in the classroom, whether that be on the teacher’s side or the student’s, there needs to be a way to figure out the problem area and correct it. Teachers are able to enter information about their students from surveys that they have filled out. It can then take the responses of the whole class and show the most problematic areas in order to find the biggest issues in the classroom.
One issue that comes about from teaching is not being available to every student when they need help. Some students are either too afraid to ask for help and others cannot attend any tutoring for personal reasons. That also factors in the teacher’s own time meaning if students do get free time they would need to also plan around their teacher. The teacher cannot be everywhere at once and cannot be a round-the-clock helper to every student, this is where AI can step in.
AI can be a very accommodating thing with the ability to use consolidated information and help teach that information if need be. That’s exactly what is being implemented, with a set of example homework problems and lesson plans being fed to the machine, the AI can use these in order to act as an assistant for the student that is readily available.
Creating A Better Learning Experience
In terms of making sure the class runs smoothly, the best way to do so is by making sure the students are having the best experience they can. While many might perceive this as a teacher-specific problem, children also need to have a good experience in class. Generally, it is all up to the teacher to plan the lessons and activities, but AI can even have a good influence on this.
AI has the ability to even help in this front by having the students rate their lessons and putting said results into the program and from there calculate what the students do and do not like. It does take effort on both ends though as the teacher should keep trying new things in order to see what the class likes, the partnership between both will make sure the students get their best education possible.
Kyle Fritz graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University in the Spring of 2021 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication.