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For decades, science fiction authors, futurists, and movie makers alike have been predicting the amazing (and sometimes catastrophic) changes that will arise with the advent of widespread artificial intelligence. So far, AI hasn’t made any such crazy waves, and in many ways has quietly become ubiquitous in numerous aspects of our daily lives. From the intelligent sensors that help us take perfect pictures, to the automatic parking features in cars, to the sometimes frustrating personal assistants in smartphones, artificial intelligence of one kind of another is all around us, all the time.
While we’ve yet to create self-aware robots like those that pepper popular movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey and Star Wars, we have made smart and often significant use of AI technology in a wide range of applications that, while not as mind-blowing as androids, still change our day-to-day lives. One place where artificial intelligence is poised to make big changes (and in some cases already is) is in education.
The academic world is becoming more convenient and personalized thanks to the numerous applications of AI for education. This has changed the way people learn since educational materials are becoming accessible to all through smart devices and computers. Today, students don’t need to attend physical classes to study as long as they have computers and internet connection. AI is also allowing the automation of administrative tasks, allowing institutions to minimize the time required to complete difficult tasks so that the educators can spend more time with students. Now is the time to discuss the transformations brought by AI in education.
In college, grading homework and tests for large lecture courses can be tedious work, even when TAs split it between them. Even in lower grades, teachers often find that grading takes up a significant amount of time, time that could be used to interact with students, prepare for class, or work on professional development.
While AI may not ever be able to truly replace human grading, it’s getting pretty close. It’s now possible for teachers to automate grading for nearly all kinds of multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank testing and automated grading of student writing may not be far behind. Today, essay-grading software is still in its infancy and not quite up to par, yet it can (and will) improve over the coming years, allowing teachers to focus more on in-class activities and student interaction than grading
Vocabulary and Phonetics:
Arise (əˈrīz):– To Ascend
Advent (ˈadˌvent ).- The coming of…
Ubiquitous (yo͞oˈbikwətəs).- Omnipresent/ Being everywhere.
Mind-blowing (mind- blōiNG).- Overwhelmingly impressive
Poised (poizd).- Having a composed and self-assured manner.
Smart devices (smart diˈvīsis).- Intelligent machines
Automation (ôtəˈmāSHən).- Mechanical device that functions without the help of an operator.
Administrative tasks (ədˈminiˌstrātiv tasks).- Administrative activities.
Grading (grādiNG).- arrange in or allocate to grades; class or sort.
Essay-grading software (issey grādiNG ˈsôftˌwe(ə)r).- Special program designed to evaluate reports.
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- What have been some changes that AI has brought to us?
- How do you think AI has helped in technology?
- Do you consider it necessary for AI to play a role in education?