With the use of education chatbots, Prepathon CEO Allwin Agnel explained that the artificial intelligence-driven education technology bots are able to execute precise and detailed tasks that can improve or alter educational experiences by facilitating personalized learning. As the equity gap in American education continues, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has been urging educators, investors and tech companies to be more open in investing time and money in artificial intelligence-driven education technology programs. Gates believed that these AI-based EdTech platforms could personalize and revolutionize school learning experience while eliminating the equity gap. With that said, Gates is reportedly excited about the evolving field of personalized learning and artificial intelligence tutor bots. According to Venture Beat, the world's richest man will also like the Mumbai-based company called Prepathon as it opted to create bots with specialized single concentration and purpose.
Some of the areas where data science can be used are student admissions cycle, student lifecycle management, career placements, donor relations, financial operations and research/publications. Research itself is a broad area where there are several application of AI including deep learning (natural language processing and computer vision). School admissions is a very critical area for any higher-education institute. On one hand, the institute has to make sure that the quality of students who get admitted is very high and on other hand, confirm that there should be enough good candidates to fill up the class size. The offer/acceptance ratio is important to hit a target where the institute has enough high-quality students to fill up the class size but do not have many more than the class size.
Big Blue's cognitive computing platform is teaming up with Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit behind Sesame Street, to design interactive educational tools for children that adapt to the learning preferences and aptitude levels of individual preschoolers. IBM describes the effort as a three-year R&D investment, with plans to assemble a team of engineers, teachers, gamers and researchers to brainstorm how cognitive computing can be best applied to preschool education. IBM and Sesame want to focus on this particular age group based off of research suggesting that 90 percent of a child's brain is developed by the age of five. The alliance will merge Sesame Workshop's educational content expertise with Watson's natural language processing, pattern recognition, and other cognitive computing technologies. With the help of Watson's machine learning chops, the technology will continuously iterate and improve by studying and adapting to the aggregate experiences of anonymized groups of students.
More than a quarter of children starting primary school are unable to communicate in full sentences as concerns grow about the amount of time they are spending in front of screens, the education secretary will say in his first major speech on social mobility. Damian Hinds is expected to say on Tuesday that he wants to harness technology so parents can do more to help their children's early language development. The education secretary promised to halve within a decade the number of children lacking the required level of early speaking or reading skills. His department's figures show that 28% of four- and five-year-olds do not meet communication and literacy levels expected by the end of the reception year. "It is a persistent scandal that we have children starting school not able to communicate in full sentences, not able to read simple words," Hinds will say.
For the uninitiated, the Webster dictionary defines artificial intelligence (AI), the word buzzing like a bee of late, as the capability of a machine to imitate intelligent human behaviour. The concept is exactly like what the science fiction movies have portrayed since decades, of a machine that can analyse, think, act accordingly and aid humans (though in a lot of movies they become villainous). In the last half-a-decade, leaps in AI have been made with its application in wide ranging areas. Education is, albeit slowly, coming under the ambit of sectors that will be greatly affected (disrupted, if you will) by AI in near future. AI has actually become a part and parcel of our everyday lives even though the term is not used frequently.