Teaching is one of the hardest jobs there is. It involves long hours, stress, and constant challenges. On the flip side, teaching can be one of the most rewarding and fulfilling careers. Well, now teachers are getting a little extra help in classrooms with the integration of Edtech and AI tools. These allow teachers greater flexibility, freedom and choice when it comes to teaching set curriculums and syllabus. Not only will these empower teachers, but they also increase student engagement, achievement and learning.
AI allows teachers to teach, monitor, and assist all at the same time. While students are engaged in an activity, the teacher is able to move around the classroom, assessing and helping students as the need arises. Teachers can easily assign groups of students collaborative tasks via platforms and apps that encourage students to collaborate, problem solve and work independently. Teachers can monitor larger classes easily using AI capabilities.
More Personalised Learning
AI and technology use in classrooms allows teachers to create a more personalised learning experience for students. Teachers can teach the curriculum using apps and platforms that use different forms of media and text to suit different learning needs. These can provide more learning opportunities for students. Teachers can also use this technology to provide additional assistance to students who may be struggling or need extra help on certain topics.
Study Outside of the Classroom
AI allows teachers to assign homework, provide links and resources and monitor any work students are doing outside the classroom. Teachers can design and implement engaging, multimodal and informative materials and assessments. These materials encourage students to use their creativity, problem solving skills and critical thinking without them even realising they are learning at all. Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS’s) are a relatively new concept and not used widely…yet. But these would allow students to study without a teacher’s input at all. This is similar to fully remote, online learning courses like those you would take to level up your Business English, with the added bonus of an AI tutor on hand when you need them.
More Engaged Students
Technology is a big part of student lives. Whether it be at home or at school, students have access to a wealth of knowledge and entertainment at their fingertips. The traditional classroom now seems boring, non-inclusive and rigid for many students. Teachers can now employ AI and other technological resources in the classroom to increase student engagement, positively impacting student achievement. Of course, parents may be concerned about their children’s tech habits, social media, and other media platforms, so more of this inside the classroom may make them nervous. But once they see achievement levels rise, these concerns will dissipate.
Testing and Assessment
Continuous assessment is now the norm. AI represents an opportunity for teachers to easily implement assessments for their students. The best part? That assessment can be integrated into other online activities and exercises and AI technology will even do the marking. Students will not even be aware that they are being assessed. This allows teachers to get a more accurate picture of student levels and achievements. And because students are engaged, relaxed and entertained, teachers will find that they test better.
Virtual Reality Learning
AI allows students to immerse themselves in real contexts and environments through virtual reality learning platforms. Making learning more authentic and applicable for students helps with engagement and achievement. Teachers can even create their own virtual learning environments to suit certain topics and lessons. Games and activities can be integrated into these virtual learning platforms, creating a fun, collaborative, challenging learning environment.
Teachers are able to use AI software to track student and class progress and behaviours. This allows teachers to analyse and address any patterns or issues in student learning and behaviours. For example, if a class is involved in collaborative work, teachers can track task completion and student communications. Teachers can observe patterns in errors made by students in online assessments to design remedial tasks and improve course structure and content.
The Future Is Already Here
AI in classrooms is not something in the distant future, it is here now. AI can empower teachers by providing more flexibility, freedom and choice when it comes to teaching activities both inside and outside the classroom. Students are interacting with technology and AI platforms daily in their lives outside of the classroom and allowing this part of their lives inside the classroom, empowers students as well.