An overview of several promising AI innovations already available to people around the world that can and should be used for educational purposes.
AI-based technologies have penetrated into many areas of our lives. The field of education is no exception. Today, people all over the world can take advantage of modern technology to improve the quality of education, as well as to increase the efficiency with which students manage to master various skills.
Despite significant progress in recent years in this area, AI is still in its infancy. However, teachers and students can already reap many of the benefits. In this article, I would like to discuss several promising AI innovations that are already available to people around the world and that can and should be used for educational purposes.
Growing popularity of AI in education
According to experts, the introduction of technologies based on AI and machine learning in the near future will become the cornerstone of the evolution of the entire education system. According to MarketsandMarkets analysis, if the current annual growth rate of 47% is maintained, the market for AI solutions for education will reach $3.68 billion in the world by 2023.
The pandemic and the resulting need for distance learning has greatly facilitated the integration of artificial intelligence technologies into the education system. According to e-learning or e-learning experts, in just a few years more than 47% of education management tools will be replaced by AI-based tools.
This means that in the next 5-10 years we will see a significant increase in the number of start-ups that will take education to a whole new level and make the educational process easier for students and educators.
To whom and how AI can help in education
AI offers significant benefits for teachers and students.
Benefits for students
The use of AI technologies will allow creating personalized programs for students that take into account their needs and strengths. In this way, we can get closer than ever to personalized learning. AI can adapt to the students’ current level of knowledge as well as their pace and goals.
Duolingo is a great example of successfully integrating AI technology into an education platform. The app allows users to customize the entire learning process, from skill assessments to selection of exercises and activities based on their personal progress and how quickly they develop certain language skills.
Another good example is the young Chinese company Yuanfudao. At the moment, the project has more than 200 million users. The app is primarily an AI-powered homework assistant that scans the assignment, identifies the problem, and suggests several possible solutions.
iScanner, an application developed in the USA, can also be very useful for students. The application allows the user to perform high-quality scanning of educational materials (textbooks and notebooks) using an artificial intelligence algorithm that instantly determines the document margins. Therefore, even scanning a large number of documents does not take much time. In addition, the application has a powerful OCR (OCR) algorithm that can extract characters found in images and turn them into editable and searchable text.
And then there’s MATHiaU, a great service from Carnegie Learning that uses artificial intelligence technology to help students struggling with math and allows math teachers to tailor the curriculum to the pace and needs of students.
Benefits for teachers
Artificial intelligence technologies can also be very useful for teachers. AI can finally automate a wide range of routine tasks, including much of the administrative work.
An AI-powered chatbot can answer frequently asked questions that teachers receive on a daily basis. Neural networks will be able to perform a comprehensive analysis of the success of the lesson, select new topics for upcoming lessons, and also provide insight into parts of the curriculum that may need to be adjusted.
Duolingo, for example, uses a chatbot that can answer many questions from students about language acquisition and mechanics. This significantly reduces the workload for foreign language teachers, allowing them to focus on more complex and creative tasks such as helping students and improving the learning process.
So, can we really say that AI is the future of education?
Every year we see more and more successful startups developing AI-based products in every conceivable field of knowledge and aimed at the most diverse audiences. Thus, I believe I can say without fear of error that AI will continue to impose itself in all areas of our lives, not just in education. AI-based technologies are already in high demand among large corporations, industrial companies, medical institutions and online language schools.