Digital content, virtual reality and artificial intelligence (AI) solutions will soon become commonplace in schools, not a surprise to most people. Maybe next year, instead of emailing the teacher to find out how your child is doing in math’s, you’ll open an AI-based learning platform and get a detailed report on your child’s progress.
The silent helper – artificial intelligence
Among the plethora of innovations, two dominant and seemingly contradictory trends can be identified. The first is the dramatic increase in the supply of quality digital content. This is not just a matter of digitizing printed textbook material, which already is old news. Today, this content is much more advanced – it is interactive and can be used on smartboards, tablets and other devices. The learner can be more involved and have a certain learning relationship: marking, changing, filling in, etc. In addition, more and more AI solution-based content is emerging in all over the world. What does this mean for the teacher and the student?
First of all, it means more independent learning opportunities for the student. AI algorithms adapt tasks to the student’s ability, speed and knowledge. Once the tasks are started, the AI recognizes in which tasks the student does well, so it gives fewer or harder tasks, and vice versa – where there are difficulties, it gives more extra tasks.
It is clear that the AI will make a big difference to learning. Until now, it has been up to the teacher to differentiate the tasks, which is naturally very difficult to do qualitatively with a large class. AI algorithms handle this task quickly and reliably, tailoring the learning content to each student’s ability and knowledge. This is a very strong trend and it is clear that it will soon dominate the future. Therefore, schools should already be thinking now about how to adapt to and use AI innovations. Also, to prepare and support teachers to make use of the new opportunities, and to manage any anxieties or fears about the future of their workplace that may arise.
A lesson on Mars
Another type of digital content increasingly used in education is virtual reality. While this is still largely entertainment content, all the signs are that it will also make significant inroads into the educational environment. Using a virtual reality headset with learning content, you can be transported to another continent or planet, simulate certain processes in organisms, see the inside of a plant, etc. In the natural and biological sciences, this will become an integral part of the educational content.
A simpler solution to this content is augmented virtual reality, where they can use simpler equipment such as mobile phones. Special apps create 3D visuals that appear right in the classroom. For example, in a history lesson, you can see the historical figures you just heard about from your teacher.
The integration of artificial intelligence (AI) in education is set to revolutionize the classroom experience. With the availability of advanced digital content and AI-based solutions, students will have more opportunities for independent learning. AI algorithms will adapt tasks to individual students’ abilities and knowledge, providing personalized learning experiences. Furthermore, the use of virtual reality and augmented reality will enhance educational content, allowing students to immerse themselves in different environments and gain a deeper understanding of various subjects.