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AI and Digital Technologies in Education

March 13, 2019, MOQdigital Marketing

Education

Copy of MOQdigital Jan - Mar II (12)Artificial Intelligence (AI) is shaping how companies do business across the globe, but it is also changing how schools enable student success. Already, AI is used daily; in mobile phones, online searches, wearable devices, and more. Millions of dollars are being invested in AI research, much of which is being used to develop improved education systems for future generations. But, there is already a lot of education technology on the market, and AI is more and more commonplace. The most important things schools can do is not just utilise Machine Learning, but discover how it can be used to facilitate education in a holistic and ongoing manner. Purchasing technology for the sake of technology is a waste of money. Instead, educators must be making investments in digital solutions that will benefit the students of today as they rise to become the leaders of tomorrow.

So, what is Artificial Intelligence? The term Artificial Intelligence I used to describe a computer system, software, program….etc. To think and learn from data and algorithms provided by human programmers. While many feared that AI would lead to a rise in robotic technologies and redundancy in many jobs around the world, what we are seeing is that Machine Learning facilitates growth, rather than inhibits it. AI solutions are not here to replace roles, but rather to shape what jobs will look like in the future. This means more efficient, productive workplaces with new jobs unlike any we have seen before. A great example of this is a Virtual Assistant, like Alexa or Siri, who are capable of using oral interaction for deep learning and contribute positively to a users life. They can track weather, help with planners, send reminders, and generally exist to facilitate a better, more productive life. This is precisely how AI should be used in schools.

It will not be used to replace teachers, but rather to help them build curriculums and classrooms that will provide the graduates of tomorrow with the building blocks they need to begin a successful journey in a digital age. This means enabling digital citizens who understand the importance of technology, but who can utilise technology to improve collaboration, communication, problem-solving, and critical thinking. To do this, the technologies used in schools must be appropriate for learning. AI can help teachers get a better understanding of student progress, detect patterns in education, engage with new digital formats, and develop programs that allow for improved learning experiences. This might include using AI for content filtering, providing minute-to-minute data about learning efficiencies in their classrooms, coaching specific student needs, curating data for third-party education, enabling adaptive learning, and much more.

Some love AI, some hate it. But the fact is this – it is here to stay. Schools need to be aware of the fact that Artificial Intelligence already exists on their campus; in smartphones, in smart watches, on tablets and laptops, and more. It is up to educators to utilise these technologies appropriately to generate success.

If you are unsure about whether or not you are getting the most out of your digital investments, contact MOQdigital today. Our Education team can help you ensure that your school is on the right path for student success in a modern world.