Atypical to tradition, over 9 in 10 educators are interested in the benefits of in-class technology such as artificial intelligence and video.

As a result, student performance is increasing, and educators are provided with more time for instruction. Furthermore, the practice of Flipped Classrooms is on the rise, the dynamic in which students learn new content through video and technology rather than through lecture. Instead, students discuss and explore their takeaway in class. By implementing chatbots and other forms of artificial intelligence within the classroom, parents are able to reap the benefits of their child’s education as well. Saying this, the classrooms of the future are tech-heavy, and equip students with lifelong learning in preparation for their desired careers.

Chatbots For Education:

By providing space interval learning, immediate feedback, and self-paced instruction, chatbots are able to optimize the student learning experience. Take the Snatchbot for example. This is a free chabot that can be embedded into learning platforms such as Blackboard. Educators can program their Snatchbot software with answers to frequently asked questions relating to their course syllabus. This way, students can receive answers embedded with links and images to help guide them throughout their course studies. Moreover, Snatchbot software is capable of giving students immediate answers. This not only helps the student, but also relieves the teacher’s email load.

The Summit Learning Project is another example of in-class chatbot use. Equipped with refined data science, these chatbots can adapt to each student’s learning patterns. By doing so, this enables self-paced course-guidance for the student. Furthermore, the student’s individual chatbot will be able to act as their virtual tutor, which will autonomously take notes indicating the learner’s trouble spots so that it can adjust to their needs. While the Summer Learning Project’s chatbot algorithms take other, teachers can focus on creating lessons - such as pre-recorded videos for their flipped classroom dynamic.

Jill Watson is the name of the chatbot that was built on IBM’s Watson, and it was trained using data from that course’s forum - written by students. Interestingly enough, upon its release, students had no idea Jill Watson was actually an AI bot. Jill can be added to online courses as a teaching assistant, simply answering routine questions regarding tech such as, “Where do I find the syllabus?” This chatbot was created by Asok Goel at Georgia Tech.

Overall, chatbots have many benefits. This form of in-class EdTech can track student performance, adjust the curriculum to better meet a student’s needs, grade papers within a 92% accuracy range, and many more. However, chatbots are not to be mistaken as replacements for teachers or professors.

What Do Educators At Large Think?

Overall, teachers are loving the help - especially the Flipped Classroom trend. I’ll give you some quick statistics:

  • 1 in 3 educational professionals see video as a way to reach students who don’t have access to classroom learning.
  • 86% of educators think students need video capture skills - as used in Flipped Classrooms - to succeed in their future workplace.
  • 89% of educators are interested in VR/AR/360 video within the classroom.
  • 98% of educators anticipate self-paced curriculums.
  • 98% of educators believe video will play an important role in the personalization of education and student learning.
  • 98% of educators think interactive video - in which content changes depending on the video - is going to be important to education in the future.

In similar fashion, school administrators are also in favor of the modernized means of instruction. Educational institutions say in-class video use alone increases student achievements by 82% and student satisfaction by 91%. To the benefit of the educator, video increases colleague collaboration by 80% and professional development by 80%.

Past v. Present: Education Through the Times of Tech

Within the last decade, of course. From 2014 to 2019, educators increased use of video for capturing campus events, student assignments, personal introductions in online courses, to provide feedback on assignments, and most recently to give flipped instruction.

The future of education is taking the classroom by storm. With tools like Facebook Messenger and Remind, parents can even benefit by having more direct communication with their child’s teachers.

To even further greatness, students without internet access are being included in the educational system’s techy transition. 18% of American school-age children don’t have in-home Internet access. Given the rise of flipped classrooms, this is a major setback - and can even draw feelings of exclusion upon the student. As a result, public libraries, schools, and corporate donors are working to provide wireless spots to students in need. Furthermore, school districts across the country have begun installing WiFi on school buses to allow students with longer commutes an opportunity to do their homework.

Technology provides a way to show students a wide range of opportunities. How techy was the last classroom you stepped foot into?

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About the Author
Author: Demetrius Harrison
Demetrius Harrison is a professional writer with tech-related bylines across the net. Demetrius' educational background includes robotics field studies and Java scripting. Today, he share his most valuable industry information online.

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