Is there a future of artificial intelligence in education? If your answer is Yes, then you are absolutely correct. But before we further explore the possibility of AI in the education field, let us try to understand what is artificial intelligence?
Artificial Intelligence definitions:
Different institutions and individuals have defined artificial intelligence in various ways: For examples
Oxford Dictionary: the theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and translation between languages.
John McCarthy of the Computer Science Department, Stanford University is the science and engineering of making intelligent machines, especially intelligent computer programs. It is related to the similar task of using computers to understand human intelligence, but AI does not have to confine itself to methods that are biologically observable.
According to Amazon Alexa, “is the ability of a computer program or a machine to think or learn.” Do you know Alexa itself is a form of artificial intelligence?
So, we can say Artificial Intelligence or AI is a form of a computer program or a machine that can process certain tasks just like human beings. The tasks could be language translation, speech, image or face recognition, answering questions, etc.
If you will observe, Artificial Intelligence or AI is all around us. You can find AI on your mobile phone suggesting you the shortest route, shopping apps suggesting the products based on your shopping history, suggesting colors for your next dress, wearable gadgets suggesting you walk or burn calories, etc.
Therefore, Researchers are exploring and using it in the field of medicine to diagnose and treat people. Social media platforms are using it to identify fake news, hateful posts or comments, etc.
In short, you can find AI or apply AI wherever you require the human brain to solve a problem.
Since AI has great potential in the future, the Indian Government has also a taken lot of initiatives to educate the School Teachers and Students. The National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 has recommended introducing contemporary subjects like Artificial Intelligence in the curriculum, at relevant stages. CBSE has also taken steps to organize the AI training programme for school teachers.
Possibility of Artificial Intelligence in Education:
Artificial intelligence can be used in the Education field in various places, for examples
- AI Powered Chatbots: Schools can create chatbots which can be used to answer the repetitive and generic questions asked by the students or their parents.
- Communication Skills: AI can be used to improve the communication skills of students and school teachers.
- Assignments and Grading: AI powered applications can be used to give the assignments to the students, in grading them, and provide feedback to the students and their parents/guardians.
- Teach Language: AI can be used to teach different languages to school students.
Thus, do you think or know where all the Artificial Intelligence can be used to improve the education system, please give your suggestions in the comments box?
According to UNESCO:-
Artificial Intelligence in education is expected to be worth $6 billion by 2024.
“We need to renew this commitment as we move towards an era in which artificial intelligence – a convergence of emerging technologies – is transforming every aspect of our lives. We need to steer this revolution in the right direction, to improve livelihoods, to reduce inequalities and promote a fair and inclusive globalization,’’ said Ms. Stefania Giannini, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education at the International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Education held in Beijing in May 2019.
To get more details on what UNESCO thinks about the AI in education, please read there ‘AI and education Guidance for policy-makers’
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