Changing role of AI in education

Deep Singh of Nalanda Public School shares his views on AI in education and the impact it will have on schools in the coming years. Excerpts.

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The changing landscape of education will require school to make their teachers data literate. Education organization and administrators will have to develop a more proactive and comprehensive strategy when planning for implementing and increasing inter act on with data intensive system.

TPT: What will schools be like 10 years from now ?

Deep: All schools will no longer have a writing board. Everything will be replaced by laptops. Books, pencils, pens will be a thing of the past everything will be digital. The kids need not come to school and could do online studying. Teachers will be facilitators and students will teach themselves.

TPT: How could the changing education landscape be managed as the subject of Artificial Intelligence in Education attracts more attention?

Deep: It depends on how teachers and students will develop sufficient understanding of Artificial intelligence in education so that it can be augmented by human intelligence when determining what AI in education should and should not be designed to do. Prof. Luck suggests if only purely technological solutions dominate the agender then what AI in education can offer for change and transformation in teaching and learning will be limited.

TPT: What are the pros and cons of AI in education?

Deep: The advantages of AI in education are obvious:

  • It is cost effective.
  • It enhances efficiency.
  • More meaningful for learning experience for students.
  • Real time problem solving assessment.
  • Improve course quality.
  • Dynamic scheduling predictive Analysis.
  • Intelligent game based learning.

While, the disadvantages would include:

  • Lack of personal connection will increase.
  • Machines have no emotion.
  • Employment will decrease.

TPT: How are teacher education programs in universities preparing teachers for this future?

Deep: AI is a new scientific infrastructure for reasons and learning that universities will need to embrace and lead otherwise will become irrelevant and redundant. AI can make teacher education program in universities better by providing greater insight into what students need. Recently technology can be utilized to improve teaching but teachers need to be trained in technology based project.

TPT: What implications do AI and automated worlds have for school infrastructure?

Deep: Mixed reality and computer vision can provide a high fidelity immersive environment to stimulate interest and understanding simulations and games technology encourage student engagement and enhance learning in ways that are more intuitive and adoptive. Previously access to education was limited by the size of the classroom with development such as massive online courses, education without classroom is possible.

TPT: How can schools be responsive and supportive to this rapidly changing world of AI?

Deep: It can help decision makers but not take decision for them, The school leaders should be aware of this fact that if teacher and school don’t take up the opportunity to lead this change, it will be taken out of their hands. For that school need to stay updated. Teachers need problem solving, digital literacy, collaboration and communication skills. Developing creative mind set of entrepreneurial agility to invent original ideas and the disposition to continuously keep learning are keys.

TPT: If we need to lift the skill levels of all school students to work in an AI world then what changes might we need to make to accommodate AI in school curriculum, assessment, pedagogy, workload and teacher professional learning?

Deep: In education, research has shown that teaching quality and school leadership are the most important factors. Student centered approach to learning will have to be adopted. The teacher’s primary role is to coach and facilitate student’s learning. Over all comprehension of the material, high tech approach to learning utilizing different technology to aid students in their classroom, the use of AI in a classroom setting provides unlimited resources.

TPT: Are our tech-savvy students being prepared to enter a world that is not only rich with technology, but with data-driven entities who desperately want their information?

Deep: Advanced Intelligent system is going to be greater need for instance those capable of identifying patterns or recognize voices faces images, texts or even key strokes. There is going to a greater need for education in algorithm literacy. This will mean not only having to expand some of the current definition of digital literacy including those related to AI but also to develop new institutional capacities. Supporting educator need to adopt these tools in safe ethical and transparent ways.

TPT: Will schools be ready to protect an upsurge of student data? And will students be educated enough on the importance of data privacy?

Deep: The changing landscape of education will require school to make their teachers data literate. Education organization and administrators will have to develop a more proactive and comprehensive strategy when planning for implementing and increasing interaction with data intensive system.

But, yes, students need to be taught theory cyber civics. Understanding how this process works help the students falling prey to filter bubble.

AI can make teacher education program in universities better by providing greater insight into what students need. Recently technology can be utilized to improve teaching but teachers need to be trained in technology based project.