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Harnessing AI for Good: Transforming the Educational Landscape

AI transforms education positively, creating a tailored, supportive, and innovative learning landscape for students and educators

By:

Kellie O'Hara

A classroom full of pupils

Everyone has their opinions of AI, and rightly so.

I only advocate for #AI4GOOD, but I'm very aware that there are other areas that need a lot of tweaking & regulating, but that's another post...

Let's first look at how education can really benefit the next generation of learners. Imagine a world where every student has a personalised learning experience, tailored to their individual needs and interests.

Where they receive real-time feedback and support, and have access to a wide range of learning resources, including experts and mentors.

Sounds frikin cool doesn't it?! I know that as a person who's brain receives, digests and processes info a little differently, I would have LOVED the teachings to have been tailored to my individual brain.

This is the future of education, and AI is at the heart of it

AI is already being used to personalise learning and help students develop skills and knowledge.

"Artificial intelligence, when used in education, has the potential to transform the learning experience, making it more personalised, adaptive, and accessible. It opens doors to a new era where students can receive tailored support and engage with educational content in innovative ways." - Dr. Rose Luckin, Professor of Learner Centered Design at University College London (UCL)
Personalised Learning Plans

AI can be used to analyse student data, such as their performance on assessments, interests, and learning styles, to develop personalised learning plans.

These plans can be tailored to each student's individual needs and goals, ensuring that they receive the most appropriate instruction and support.

Example: An AI-powered learning platform could recommend courses, books, and articles to students based on their interests and academic goals.

Real-Time Feedback and Support

AI can be used to provide students with real-time feedback and support on their work. This can help students identify their strengths and weaknesses, and make progress towards their learning goals.

AI-powered tutoring systems can provide students with personalised instruction and guidance, and answer their questions in real time.

Example: An AI-powered writing program could analyse student essays and provide them with feedback on their grammar, sentence structure, and overall writing style.

"AI in education is not about replacing teachers; it's about augmenting the learning process. It has the power to individualise instruction, providing students with the right support at the right time, ultimately fostering a more effective and inclusive educational environment." - Jaime Casap, Education Evangelist at Google
Virtual Learning Environments

AI can be used to create virtual learning environments that allow students to learn at their own pace and in their own way.

These environments can be customised to each student's individual needs and interests, and can provide students with access to a wide range of learning resources.

AI-powered virtual reality simulations can allow students to learn about complex concepts in a hands-on way.

Example: An AI-powered virtual lab could allow students to conduct experiments that would be too dangerous or expensive to conduct in a real lab.

Access to Experts and Other Resources

AI can be used to connect students with experts and other resources that can help them learn. AI-powered chatbots can answer student questions and provide them with access to relevant information.

AI can also be used to connect students with mentors and other students who can help them learn and grow.

Example: An AI-powered platform could connect students with scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs who can share their knowledge and experience.

There are lots more but I don't want to keep you here for 40 days and 40 nights... AI is still in its early stages of development.

It has the potential to revolutionise education by personalising learning experiences and providing real-time feedback and support meaning that AI can help students develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the 21st century.

I for one think the education framework needs some help...

I struggled in math. I thought algebra was a fruit until I was in my 20's (true story).

If I was at school age now, I could have had an AI-powered tutoring system to get personalised instruction and support. The system could identify my weaknesses and provide me with practice problems to help me improve.

I could also have used the system to ask questions and get feedback on my work. (obviously not during an exam....just in case someone screams "but that would be cheating")

Maybe your child is interested in learning about engineering? They could use an AI-powered virtual lab to conduct experiments and learn about engineering concepts in a hands-on way. They could also use the platform to connect with engineers who can share their knowledge and experience.

AI has the potential to make education more accessible, affordable, and effective for all students, helping them learn at their own pace and in their own way, and it can provide them with access to the resources they need to succeed.

Factual Educational Institutes Already Using AI

Some educational institutes/platforms are implementing AI to personalise learning and help students develop skills and knowledge:

Personalised Learning Plans

Khan Academy: Khan Academy uses AI to create personalised learning plans for students in math, reading, and other subjects. The platform analyses student data, such as their performance on assessments and their learning interests, to recommend the next set of activities for each student.

Carnegie Learning: Carnegie Learning uses AI to create personalised learning plans for students in math and science. The platform adapts to each student's individual needs and learning style, providing them with the right level of challenge and support.

Real-time Feedback and Support

Duolingo: Duolingo uses AI to provide students with real-time feedback on their language learning progress. The platform also uses AI to adapt the difficulty of the lessons to each student's individual needs.

QuillBot: QuillBot is an AI-powered writing assistant that helps students improve their writing skills. The platform provides students with real-time feedback on their grammar, sentence structure, and overall writing style.

Virtual Learning Environments

Labster: Labster is a virtual lab platform that provides students with access to interactive simulations and experiments in science and chemistry. The platform uses AI to customise the learning experience for each student, providing them with the right level of challenge and support.

Immersive VR Education: Immersive VR Education is a company that develops virtual reality simulations for educational purposes. The company's simulations allow students to explore historical sites, travel to different planets, and learn about complex concepts in a hands-on way.

Access to Experts and Other Resources

Outschool: Outschool is an online learning platform that offers a wide range of classes for students of all ages. The platform uses AI to recommend classes to students based on their interests and learning needs.

About The Author

A classroom full of pupils
Kellie O'Hara
https://linktr.ee/thestartupwhisperer

Startup Whisperer, Where AI Ideas Grow Their Wings To Scale and support Investor/Corporate Innovation

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