Less Grading, More Teaching A 2013 survey from Scholastic and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation reports that teachers work 53 hours per week, on average. By assigning all grading-related tasks to artificial intelligence tools, educators gain increased time and availability to engage directly with students – namely, 1-on-1 interactions with those who require additional attention and support. For example, while a teacher assists one group of students struggling with understanding a certain topic, a virtual AI teaching assistant can simultaneously engage with students who have already grasped the concept, supplementing their understanding with additional materials and exercises.
Flexible Professional Development Similarly to how AI can provide personalized tutoring to students, the technology could offer ongoing professional development for teachers, too! These flexible, AI-driven courses could synthesize data on an educator’s teaching experiences, abilities, and styles, then use this information to provide tailor-made trainings designed specifically to meet that individual’s needs. Using web-enabled mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, educators would have the flexibility to complete these trainings at any time, no matter their present location – that’s right: PD in your PJs.
At-Home Help Many parents face significant obstacles in providing at-home learning support to their students – reasons for this can range from socio-economic barriers to themselves having a limited educational background. Artificial intelligence tools could help extend the reach of the teacher into the home by providing tailored support to parents, with extra assistance offered to families most in need. For example, AI programs could help explain basic mathematical and grammatical topics to parents, allowing them to better assist their children in learning and practicing the same concepts. At-home AI tools, developed and used in conjunction with in-class content, could help ensure that all parents are set up for success, allowing them to more effectively focus their energy on the needs and learning outcomes of their student.