The development of IT technologies in the sphere of education has significantly made its impact on the getting education process – it has become much easier. In the United States school students now are using bots and IT services to complete their homework faster. The relevance of textbooks and essays fades away. Today there are no problems with a lack of information. Actually, we observe its oversupply.
From chatbots to artificial intelligence
Schools and universities teachers and remote teachers today help to gather the necessary knowledge in the head of a student. But they are already using electronic helpers called bot-assistant.
Modern remote learning services are also changing by introducing new technologies. By asking a chatbot, the student quickly gets a simple answer. In spite of the fact that such solutions appeared on the market quite recently, IT technologies are being developed constantly. Under the pressure of an artificial intelligence development, standard learning chatbots can also be a thing of the past, just like tutoring sessions. Even the paperwork now can be done online and even not by the student. All the necessary information will be gathered and perfectly done; an essay or scientific research will be ready at once. Those services are provided by companies such as Pro-Papers.
Few IT technologies that will turn classrooms into learning space of future
Modern educational technologies include virtual and augmented reality, data analysis, Internet of things, artificial intelligence. Here is a list of some of them that we find really impressive:
- Electronic concierge
Singapore Polytechnic University has a “smart campus” – when students enter a building, an electronic concierge automatically identifies them. After that, he can warn about important events at the university or suggest books recommended by teachers. Analysis of the data even allows you to identify students who are at risk of not submitting their coursework on time, so teachers can take action in advance.
- Internet of things
The University of John Curtin in Australia uses the Internet of things on its campus. The collected data gives you the opportunity to learn about the employment of audiences and libraries and about the attendance of courses.
- Virtual College
Anyone can “attend” it using a virtual reality headset. Using a smartphone app, you can listen to teachers and take tests, and also interact with other students. Students are assigned teacher-curators who advise them on matters of study and choice of profession, you can communicate with them by phone or e-mail.
- Digital Libraries
Remote access technology is also used to improve literacy in Cambodia, where there is no infrastructure for distributing books for students. In 2015, electronic libraries were organized in five Cambodian elementary schools as part of the “Library in Asia for All” pilot program. About 4,700 students received access to children’s literature in the form of 100 digitized books in Khmer and English. Tablets were purchased in every school to make this happen.
What’s next – “pocket teachers” generation?
To gain knowledge, people need more than just a question-answer bot.
But still there has been a lot of research on this matter and all of them have detached few reasons why the disappearance of teacher job is possible in next few decades and why machines are better for education than humans?
- Shortage of qualified teachers.
There are also not so many qualified teachers in such multi-million countries like China, Japan and India. It’s been a problem in Mexico and Brazil as well. The shortage of teachers there is only one aspect. Traditionally, schools and universities use an approach based on the same level of teaching. But students learn in different ways, and it is difficult for the teacher to identify the faster or slower student.
- Affordable education.
People below the poverty line will not have the opportunity to study at the university or private classes. Besides, it’s not so easy to find a good teacher, and the chance to spend money without getting the necessary knowledge is strong. Having bought a tablet for $50 and loaded an artificial intelligence teacher into it, the person of the future will become educated with less loss.
In today’s education system teachers fail to devote more time to one student at schools and universities. On average, 30-40 people study in classes. If you implement individual education today, you will need dozens or hundreds of new teachers for one institution. Today’s use of chatbots and electronic assistants by teachers only partially facilitates the assimilation of the material. A personalized teacher with artificial intelligence aims at analyzing everyone, finding an approach to his productive learning.
Today, people are not yet ready to learn from algorithms. We believe that teachers and private tutors will act as guides to the world of knowledge in the next 5-10 years. However, the prerequisites for the gradual replacement of man by artificial intelligence are noticeable just as the appearance of unmanned vehicles on the roads.