Perhaps the greatest trend in modern education is the move towards individualized learning. Emerging in concert—and possibly as a result of this development has been artificial intelligence developed for K-12 needs (AIED). Often going unnoticed, AIED has become ever more prevalent in the classroom, and will surely continue to impact teaching and learning.
While still in its infancy, AIED has shown promise and aptitude for a number of classroom tasks such as responding to gaps and misconceptions in student understanding with immediate pinpointed feedback and practice exercises. AIED is perhaps most valuable when easing the burdens of administrative duties and allowing teachers to better meet the needs of all students. Potentially, the rise of AIED in classrooms will translate to less time spent on administrative tasks, and more time teaching and facilitating learning.
Despite the clearly huge potential of AIED doubts remain regarding the wisdom of handing increasing control to technology. Ethical issues around privacy compounded with fears of students spending more and more time in front of screens and less time socializing with peers are raising questions around how much technology is too much. In any case, administrators, educators and families will proceed with caution, while seeking solutions that ensure the benefits outweigh the risks concerning classroom technology.
EdGate Correlation Services maintains tremendous amounts of metadata related to standards and learning concepts. The potential of this data is practically limitless, but can be used to advance the ends of AIED by finding gaps in student understanding and suggesting additional concepts.
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By: Brian Ely