Intelligent CIO Europe Issue 9 - Page 38

EDITOR’S QUESTION AI personalising teaching Understanding the best way to teach a cohort made of different skills and abilities has always been an issue, but with AI it can now be possible to automatically develop personalised teaching plans and learning styles that fit each individual. Systems can quickly identify how each individual learns best and the academic level they sit in, making one-to-one teaching a genuine possibility. T hey say every day is a school day. That feels more relevant now than ever. New innovations flood our world on a weekly, if not daily, basis and for us in the technology sector, it’s our job to keep up to date and see how best we can utilise them. It’s the same in education. How our children are learning is changing rapidly thanks to technology. Teachers, students and corporations all over the world are waking up to how they could augment the learning environment. Institutions everywhere are using video to connect staff with students more easily, conduct faculty and staff meetings, and enable students to meet with one another for study sessions and group projects. One innovative use of video tech in education is how Classroom Champions brings Olympians into the classroom to help mentor children in under-served schools. By using video conferencing, students can see and talk to inspiring Olympic athletes whom they would never usually form contact with, gaining valuable insight and helping bring mentors into the classroom. University staff can also integrate video tech like BlueJeans with Moodle, Blackboard, Desire2Learn and others to create and join video meetings directly from the learning management system (LMS) of choice, allowing lecturers to focus on teaching their students – not the technology that enables it. Regardless of the environment or form that learning takes, there’s one commonality – video can make it easier. 38 INTELLIGENTCIO Such technology also collects a wealth of data on student performance so that educators can keep track of individual student progress and improve instruction when needed. Contrary to what many might think, AI technology has the power to improve how teachers engage and interact with their classes, rather than removing them from the equation. Democratising access Cheap, easy-to-use technologies like the Chromebook – initially built for the education audience – mean that from an early age, all children will be able to access resources that previously would have been restricted due to prohibitive cost. Such ease-of-access is crucial in a world that is completely built around technology. We complete our tax returns online, we bank online, we socialise online. The simple nature of giving students their own device through which to engage with this landscape will mean they can self-teach and develop themselves in ways that simply weren’t possible before. What’s next? This access to technology means that even the role of teachers is changing. As students can flexibly access any information online, engage with others via video and manage their own learning, educators will have to change their role. They will have to become guides, helping those they teach to critique the information they receive and understand how to analyse and take advantage of the world around them for their benefit. And with technology like cloud video, AI and cheap-but-powerful devices at their fingertips, the opportunities for them to do this will be almost endless. n