The Personal Teaching Assistant Every Educator Wants
Imagine teaching in a classroom in which a personal assistant takes care of the mundane tasks for your classroom. This assistant prepares lessons for your learners. You have additional time to instruct learners individually, provide thoughtful feedback, and encourage learning.
“Socrates, set the thermostat to 74, take attendance, and open the PowerPoint from yesterday’s lesson.”
Better than Siri or Alexa, your digital teaching assistant would handle routine and complex classroom and learner needs.
This scenario isn’t too far-fetched. Schools are already implementing artificial intelligence, and artificial intelligence is changing the education landscape.
The Physical Environment
Eager to adopt new tech, schools have embraced electronic tablets, smart boards, and lessons that include interactive tech activities. They’ve also brought robots, AR, and 3D printers into the classroom.
The Internet of Things is poised to take each school’s foray into tech much deeper. AI can turn on and off the lights, adjust temperatures, set alarms, and manages the parking area.
Curriculum and Content
Mention CIA in a school, and you won’t be referring to a national intelligence agency. Instead, the CIA is the core of every school: curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
The perfect nexus of these three elements make the total alignment. This is the result of intensive work in unpacking standards and delivering instruction differentiated to the needs of every learner. It’s also the formative or summative evaluation of learning outcomes.
Creating this balance of curriculum, instruction, and assessment takes many years of study and hours of work to create it. Educators work and an average of 50 hours per week, on average. That number could actually be much higher because most educators don’t report how many hours they work.
Artificial intelligence may reduce the hours educators must put in to individualize instruction for every learner. It allows educators to differentiate instruction and customize it for each learner. In essence, educators can use artificial intelligence to make customized instruction and free up educator time.
Artificial intelligence won’t soon replace bus duty, but it’s already reducing the educator workload in other areas.
Many educators dread the housekeeping chores that make up the daily grind: checking attendance, grading, filling out progress reports, and entering grades. Even big data analysis can be time-consuming. Where educators were once armed with calculators and many highlighters for data analysis, artificial intelligence now analyzes learner achievement on learning objectives.
Other areas in which artificial intelligence reduces educator workload include the following:
· Machine grading, even for essay responses
· Robotic tutors for online courses
· Seamless integration of online grades into the school’s learning management system.
· Automatically generated educator responses for progress reporting.
Overall, tech levels the playing field for learners, making just-in-time learning accessible. Artificial intelligence tech is the versatile personal assistant every educator needs.