AI and the education system

According to a United Nations study, 250 million students do not acquire the knowledge they have. The organization recognizes this situation as a global educational crisis. Experts say that artificial intelligence (AI) can be a solution to the problem. AI can not completely replace the teacher, but it will help improve the quality and effectiveness of the lesson, adapted to the individual needs of individual students.

The United Nations has already pointed to the educational crisis in 2014. Organizational analysts found that more than 250 million schoolchildren throughout the world officially attend classes, but do not learn the information they received. As a result, 129 billion dollars are wasted. Another problem is the lack of teachers. According to experts, next year more than 20 million new teachers will be required for primary and secondary schools.

Under such circumstances, AI teachers can be a means of crisis. Working without holidays, never late, provided that qualitative programming, such «teachers» will always be objective in the assessment. In addition, digital teachers do not need a salary. Thus, you can spend these funds to update the curriculum and classes.

But while robots and algorithms are far from human intelligence. They lack empathy and the ability to motivate students. In this AI is still far from human.
Alternatively, AI could become an assistant to the teacher, helping him at all stages of the learning process. This is reported in a new report of experts Pearson. It also says that the best AI will cope with routine tasks, such as: daily attendance and achievement marks. The system can also automatically select the most optimal training programs according to the needs of each class. Analysts predict that every teacher in the next 10 years will have a personal assistant-AI.

This should reduce the burden on teachers and help avoid stressful situations. As a result, the work of the teacher should become easier, which, in turn, can make this profession more attractive for young people.

Devices equipped with new technology, turn classrooms into a data collection and processing center. Various sensors and systems will help to recognize how the student understands what is being said, determine stress, lack of sleep, and the general state of the students. This information will help the teacher to properly choose an individual approach to each.

In addition, everyone can personally check the level of their knowledge and make up for their deficiency on their own.

Gradually, these technologies are introduced into schools, but so far innovations have been adopted with caution. The main problem is the protection of personal information and the occurrence of errors in the program. According to some futurists, a global online school will soon be established, which will squeeze all the largest Internet companies.