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How to Apply Artificial Intelligence in Education

Summary: What are the real possibilities of applying AI in education? Could AI be a key component in a new educational model?

Original author and publication date: Eduardo Hernández de la Rosa – August 3, 2020

Futurizonte Editor’s Note: Will AI be just new tool or a new toy in education? Or are we developing also a new psycho-technology for our brains?

Isometric robot learning or solving problems concept.  Source: Tecnológico de Monterrey
Isometric robot learning or solving problems concept. Source: Tecnológico de Monterrey

From the article:

The dream of creating a machine that emulates human behavior has been an obsession throughout human history. Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been in our minds for many years, since Adam’s creation: “God creates him from a moldable material, programs him, and gives him the first instructions (Sánchez-Martín et al. 2007).” Even in Greek mythology with Ovid’s account of Pygmalion sculpting a figure of a beautiful woman who is given life for Pygmalion to love her. In Hebrew mythology, the Golem was created with clay and animated to save the inhabitants of a Jewish city. In Norse mythology, the giant Mökkurkálfi or Mistcalf was created from clay to support the troll Hrungnir in his fight against Thor. In each epoch, the examples continue.

Artificial Intelligence (AI), in its most natural sense, is about how to simulate the capabilities of human brain intelligence, so thinking about AI is also thinking about what makes it possible for us to interact and learn. Its applications can contribute significantly to education (Ocaña-Fernández, Valenzuela-Fernández, and Garro-Aburto, 2019).

The COVID-19 pandemic has provoked substantial educational changes, among them the migration to virtual learning ecosystems. Teachers must confront the task of attending a wide variety of needs to ensure that students’ education continues. Artificial intelligence can be ideal pedagogical support to facilitate attention to our students at any time. Imagine how it can help you respond to each student’s questions in real-time while being confident that the student is being oriented correctly. Also, you can take advantage of that time to study some topics of interest, deepen the development of your class, conduct research, build teaching sequences, and perform Mindfulness activities to potentiate your creativity and innovation, to cite some ideas. Wouldn’t this be fabulous?

“The main objective is to provide our colleagues with the opportunity to build an intelligent pedagogical assistant through a chatbot, which contributes to solving a large part of the students’ concerns. The structuring of the responses was designed with the flipped learning approach to provide feedback on class concerns.”

What are the real possibilities of applying AI in education? Could AI be a key component in a new educational model? Can you imagine having a colleague who helps us answer hundreds of common questions from our students around the clock or updating anyone who could not connect to the class on time? You probably think that this means having an assistant advisor or a teacher’s assistant. Well, this is not so far from our reach.

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