Striking balance between AI-powered classrooms with human connection - Hindustan Times

Reshaping the future of education: Striking balance between AI-powered classrooms with human connection

Sep 11, 2023 06:39 PM IST

AI-powered education transforms teaching and learning, offering personalised learning journeys, AI tutors, and professional development for teachers.

In an era where technology shapes the future, teachers stand as pillars of strength, knowledge, and inspiration, nurturing dreams and shaping generations.

One of the most critical aspects of the AI-powered classroom is its ability to deliver personalised learning journeys. (REUTERS/File)
One of the most critical aspects of the AI-powered classroom is its ability to deliver personalised learning journeys. (REUTERS/File)

Their influence transcends the classroom, leaving an indelible mark on students' lives, society, and the world at large. As we embrace the digital revolution, education undergoes a profound transformation, where the balance between the power of artificial intelligence (AI) and the enduring importance of human connection redefines the dynamics of teaching and learning.

For decades, it has been believed that students learn better when taught in a personalised manner. However, limited teachers and rapidly increasing student populations make introducing tailored teaching approaches uniformly challenging. This is where AI steps in. The traditional image of a teacher imparting knowledge at the front of a classroom is evolving into a personalised experience with the advent of AI-powered education. This innovative approach leverages AI to enhance the learning experience, cater to individual student needs, and provide teachers with reviews to refine their pedagogy.

Personalised Learning Journeys With Real-Time Analytics

One of the most critical aspects of the AI-powered classroom is its ability to deliver personalised learning journeys. Every student is unique, and AI can design content and pedagogy according to the student's needs and learning styles. With AI algorithms, teachers can analyze each student's performance and identify their strengths, weaknesses, and areas they need support. This personalized approach helps students achieve better results and boosts the teacher's confidence to impart knowledge in the classroom. Teachers should view AI not as a replacement but as a tool to complement their teaching efforts. For example, In a landscape where mega classes with 50-100K students per class are the norm, providing a great experience at this scale would be impossible without technology.

AI steps in by enabling teachers to deliver personalised learning journeys. By embracing AI as a collaborative partner, teachers can enhance their ability to address individual student needs effectively. The AI-powered tools also offer real-time analytics and insights into individual and class-wide performance, helping educators identify trends and track improvement areas.

Virtual Reality and Immersive Learning

Imagine being transported to the battlefield of Ashoka the Great and witnessing the majestic fights from your classroom. With the integration of virtual reality and immersive learning, students' experiences transcend the limitations of traditional textbooks. These technologies foster a deeper understanding of subjects by engaging multiple senses and creating memorable learning experiences. Incorporating VR into the curriculum enables teachers to transport students to places they could only dream of visiting, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of Mars, all within the classroom. This immersive experience enhances educators' capability to teach students.

AI Tutors and Assistants

AI-powered tutors and assistants are like having additional support in the classroom. These virtual companions can provide instant clarification, answer questions, and offer assignment guidance anytime and anywhere. This feature is beneficial in large classrooms where teachers cannot individually address every student's queries. AI tutors can complement teachers, ensuring that no student is left behind in the race.

Teachers’ professional development through AI

Just as AI benefits students, it can also support teachers' professional development. AI can suggest relevant resources and innovative teaching strategies and even help educators stay abreast of the latest research and trends in education. This continuous learning cycle ensures that teachers remain knowledgeable in the ever-evolving educational landscape. Balancing technology and human emotion is essential to ensure the best education for students.

Education is about transferring knowledge and nurturing critical thinking, creativity, empathy, and social skills. According to an article published in World Bank Blogs, around 40% of the world's population is under 24 years of age, and if school teachers fail to prepare them for the age of technology, there will be dire consequences for social and economic peace.

As we move towards an AI-driven world, it is paramount to equip students with the skills to thrive in this environment.

The Way Forward

While the AI-powered classroom holds immense promise, it is challenging. Addressing data privacy issues, ensuring that technology remains accessible to all socioeconomic backgrounds, and preventing over reliance on AI are some hurdles that need to be overcome.

Thus, it becomes important to understand that the responsible use of AI is paramount. Stakeholders should ensure that every response and action taken with the help of AI is appropriate and ethically correct. Discrimination based on any factor should not happen.

The AI-powered classroom will foster a generation of lifelong learners who are well-equipped to navigate the complexities of the modern world.While there has been growing concern about the impact of AI on the teaching community, it still lags behind humans in emotional skills. At this moment, AI in Indian education is at a nascent stage, and it is paving the way for positive transformation in education.

On this Teachers' Day, as we celebrated the incredible educators who shape young minds, let us also embrace the potential of AI to amplify their impact. It's not about replacing teachers but empowering them with cutting-edge tools that enable them to create a more effective and engaging learning environment. As we navigate the intersection of technology and education, let us remember that the heart of teaching remains the human connection that inspires and shapes futures.

(Author Devesh Mishra is CTO, Physics Wallah. Views expressed here are personal.)

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