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Artificial intelligence gaining ground as college teaching tool

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Proponents say that professors freed from routine tasks by AI technology can further challenge students to get a deeper understanding of material and assess them more accurately. For instance, adaptive courseware allows a professor to use a dashboard to assess how students are doing with homework and quizzes, check their mastery of the work and then perhaps offer a weekly lesson to fill gaps. Beyond that, researchers are developing technology that can provide study tips based on student behavior and work, or even guide teachers to provide teachers with feedback. Grades, researchers say, don't change much when AI is used. Nevertheless, a 2018 Gallup-Northeastern University survey shows that of 3,297 U.S. citizens interviewed, only 22% with a bachelor's degree said their education left them "well" or "very well prepared" to use AI in their jobs.


Japan trials AI and robots to boost English skills in schools

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Under pressure to improve English skills among both teachers and students, Japan's Ministry of Education is turning to robots, according to NHK. Beginning in April, the ministry will launch a trial that will put English-speaking AI robots in around 500 schools throughout the country. The ministry will also reportedly make study apps and online conversation sessions with native English speakers available to students, and those efforts along with the robot initiative are all aimed at improving students' English communication skills. Robots have become an ever-growing presence in classrooms over the years. Japan tried out a robot named Saya in 2009, programming the robot to give a lesson to fifth-graders.


Intel India trains 99,000 people in Artificial Intelligence Gadgets Now

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Bengaluru, Global chip maker Intel trained 99,000 developers, students and professors in Artificial Intelligence (AI) since April 2017 for ready talent in India, said the US-based firm on Wednesday. "We have trained over 99,000 developers, students and professors since April 2017 for making AI-ready talent available in the country," said Intel India in a statement here. To mark the occasion, the semi-conductor firm held a developers conference in this tech hub where 500 developers, including experts in data science, machine learning, application development and research participated. "The conference served as a platform to share updates on real-world applications of AI that can benefit businesses and people,a said the statement. Intel will also speed up accessibility of AI tools across industries and drive the next wave of computing by investing in developer education.


Why you should consider studying AI and Machine Learning

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We've entered an age of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and while many people are still getting used to the idea of AI, education institutions have already started a rollout as part of the curriculum. For years, we've adapted to the traditional way of learning, but today the contemporary classroom has become more digitized with the exploitation of artificial intelligence within schools and teaching students how it is used in the workplace to close the digital skills gap. The future of learning with AI, and other technologies, should be aimed not only at learning subject content but also at cultivating curiosity, creativity, and resilience in students. The ethical development of these kinds of innovations will require both teachers and students to have a robust understanding of how to work with data and AI to support their participation in society and across professions. In the field of artificial intelligence, the possibilities are truly endless.


Schools are using AI to track what students write on their computers

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Over 50 million k-12 students will go back to school in the US this month. For many of them using a school computer, every word they type will be tracked. Under the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), any US school that receives federal funding is required to have an internet-safety policy. As school-issued tablets and Chromebook laptops become more commonplace, schools must install technological guardrails to keep their students safe. For some, this simply means blocking inappropriate websites.


Schools Are Mining Students' Social Media Posts for Signs of Trouble

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New teachers, new backpacks, new crushes--and algorithms trawling students' social media posts. Blake Prewitt, superintendent of Lakeview school district in Battle Creek, Michigan, says he typically wakes up each morning to twenty new emails from a social media monitoring system the district activated earlier this year. It uses keywords and machine learning algorithms to flag public posts on Twitter and other networks that contain language or images that may suggest conflict or violence, and tag or mention district schools or communities. In recent months the alert emails have included an attempted abduction outside one school--Prewitt checked if the school's security cameras could aid police--and a comment about dress code from a student's relative--district staff contacted the family. Prewitt says the alerts help him keep his 4,000 students and 500 staff safe.


WorldQuant and Udacity partner to offer AI for Trading Nanodegree programme

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Quantitative asset management company WorldQuant, in partnership with global online learning company Udacity, has launched a new Artificial Intelligence for Trading Nanodegree program. Students enrolled in the programme will analyse real data and build financial models by learning the basics of quantitative trading, as well as how to analyse alternative data and use machine learning to generate trading signals. Udacity and WorldQuant have collaborated with top industry professionals with prior experience at leading financial institutions to ensure students are exposed to the latest AI applications in trading and quantitative finance. By learning from industry experts, students will advance their finance knowledge, build a strong portfolio of real-world projects and learn to generate trading signals using natural language processing, recurrent neural networks and random forests. Graduates will gain the quantitative skills currently in demand across multiple functions and roles at hedge funds, investment banks and fintech startups.


Japan set to deploy English-speaking robots to schools: Report

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Japan's Ministry of Education is reportedly planning to place English-speaking robots in schools around the country to help children improve their English oral communication skills. According to a report from Japan's national broadcaster NHK, the ministry will launch the initiative in April in about 500 schools nationwide as part of a trial. It will also make study apps and "online conversation sessions" with native English speakers available to students, the report said. Japan is under pressure to improve the English language skills of elementary school teachers, NHK added, but lacks funding to hire English native speakers in every school, with the rollout of English-speaking robots to provide a cheaper or easier option. NHK added that Japanese students are "generally not good" at speaking or writing in English, and curriculum guidelines that are due to be implemented in two years will focus on nurturing such skills.


Intel India trains 99,000 people in artificial intelligence

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US chipmaker Intel has trained as many as 99,000 developers, students and professors in artificial intelligence (AI) in India since April 2017, against a target of 15,000 for the first year of its programme, according to the tech major. It has also tied up with premier educational institutes like the IITs in Delhi, Mumbai, Kharagpur, Kanpur, Chennai, and IIITs in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, BITS Pilani, ISI Kolkata, IISc Bangalore, CDAC and companies like Shell and TCS among others for training under its AI developer education. "Though we had committed to train 15,000 developers, students, and professors in AI initially through training and workshops, we have already exceeded the target over seven-fold at over 99,000 by roping in many of them from 100 organisations," said Prakash Mallya, managing director for sales and marketing, Intel India. The programme was launched in April 2017 and the initial target was for a year ending April 2018, he said, adding the programme is aimed to democratising AI through collaborations with partners and customers. The company, which organised its first AI developer conference in the country last week in Bengaluru after the initiative in home market US earlier this year, had over 500 developers attending it.


How Artificial Intelligence will radically transform Education

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Artificial intelligence startup founder Joel Hellermark is pioneering the development of algorithms that will radically transform education. Using deep neural networks, algorithms personalize educational content in real time based on how the student learns, what they've already mastered, and what works best for similar students. Joel Hellermark is the founder and CEO of Sana which is an artificial intelligence company that applies recent breakthroughs in deep learning to personalise education. The Sana team is made up of engineers and scientists with backgrounds ranging from Imperial College and CERN to Google and Spotify.