By Tara Gibson - November 21, 2019
Technology has transformed over the last few years, turning from futuristic ideas into today’s reality. Artificial intelligence is one of these transformative technologies that is now shaping the way businesses, governments, and educational institutions do things. Artificial intelligence is making its way into K-12 classrooms, schools and districts across the United States, sparking questions on how it will be utilized and what benefits the technology will have for staff, faculty, and of course students.
In our day to day lives we’re using AI more than we know. By simply asking “Siri, what is the weather like today?” or “Alexa, play this song” we’re tapping into intelligent digital assistance, which is a form of artificial intelligence. As AI moves into the K-12 education world, the Tech Advocate tells us that experts expect AI in education to grow by “47.50% during the period 2017-2021.” With that being said, it's time to get comfortable with artificial intelligence technology, as it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
Here are a few ways AI can be utilized in K-12 classrooms, according to Tech Advocate:
Instead of grading each piece of work individually, which can take up a bulk of extra time, technology allows teachers the ability to have their students work automatically graded with AI. As the technology develops, soon teachers will be able to automate more than just simple multiple-choice questions.
AI has the ability to take note of a student’s strengths and weaknesses, identifying where they may be struggling. With this information the Tech Advocate explains AI will be able to provide students with the tools they need for success. Plus, AI can provide this information to teachers and parents to help students get the help they need.
Similarly to identifying an individual student’s weaknesses, AI can also determine if there are parts of the curriculum as class of students are struggling with. For example, if a high percentage of students get the same question wrong, this information allows the teacher to review material and dive into that subject more to ensure students understand. Also, if there are areas that are more difficult for a teacher, then supplemental AI teaching tools can be utilized as well, according to Tech Advocate.
As AI becomes more prevalent, today’s students will likely run into this advanced technology by the time they’re hitting the job market. For this reason, students must understand what AI is, and how it will be used in the future. According to Forbes, “the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) launched the AI for K-12 Working Group (AI4K12) to define for artificial intelligence what students should know and be able to do”. The steering committee of AI4K12 came up with 5 key points, or ideas, that every student should know:
Some of the above can be confusing, which is why it’s great to know that AI4K12 will be developing guidelines and online resources for educators.
Artificial intelligence is certainly up and coming, and continually developing as time progresses. K-12 schools can also utilize other technologies to help streamline communications, address bullying, and bolster school security and safety.
A school notification app is a great way to improve parent communication, as well as keep parents and guardians up to date on school closings due to weather, friendly reminders, and more.A two-way anonymous tip texting platform is a useful technology for schools to address and tackle bullying incidents. Empowering students to report bullies anonymously is a great tool as some kids don't feel comfortable coming forward.
Mobile panic button technologies are gaining popularity as a key school safety application. Communicating with school administrators and staff as well as first responders simultaneously can shave minutes off emergency response, which could save a life.
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Tara is a Marketing Coordinator on the Rave Mobile Safety marketing team. She loves writing about all things K-12 education, and manages the Rave social media channels. When she's not working, she's taking care of her smiley, shoe eating, Instagram-famous fur baby, Enzo!
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