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How AI is Being Used in Education

Many of the examples of artificial intelligence (AI) in education include applications similar to those found in the commercial sector.

Over 47% of learning management tools will be AI-enhanced within the next three years, according to eLearning Industry

The educational technology (edtech) space has included AI-powered solutions, but schools and colleges have been slow to embrace the technologies until the pandemic forced the hands of school boards and school budget professionals globally. Post-2020, 86% of educators surveyed by edtech company Promethean said technology, including AI, should be a core component of education. 

There are several clear student and educator benefits for utilizing smart education technology:

  • Personalized learning programs adapted to each student’s ability and goals
  • On-demand tutoring via AI chatbots and software-driven tutors
  • Automation that can cut through bureaucratic red tape — for example, automated chatbots that can answer frequently asked questions
  • 24/7 access to learning from anywhere
  • Time-management benefits for teachers, due to smart automation of tedious, time-consuming tasks, like record-keeping

Here are some of the exact ways the education sector is using AI:

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5 examples of AI in education

1. Gradescope

The Gradescope platform speeds up the grading process, benefiting both teachers and students.

Students upload assignments to the platform, and Gradescope sorts and groups answers and assigns a grade. The application of AI decreases the time educators spend grading by 70% or more, according to the company.

The platform delivers detailed analysis about student performance that can pinpoint individualized tutoring and teaching needs. 

2. Content Technologies, Inc. (CTI)

CTI is a prominent AI research and development company that focuses on customized education content by applying deep learning AI techniques.

CTI’s software can analyze course materials, textbooks, syllabi, and other resources to create textbooks, study guides, and multiple-choice tests. 

The company is also using AI to power tools like Cram101 and JustTheFacts101. Cram101 synthesizes textbooks into nuggets of information, generating complete study guides with summaries, practice tests, and flashcards. JustTheFacts101 is a tool that can highlight the most important information from virtual textbooks to create high-level chapter summaries. 

3. Brainly

Brainly is an online space that offers a supportive message board setting for peer-to-peer learning and homework help — the site’s motto is, “For students. By students.”

Students can ask questions, find study partners, and learn from one another collaboratively. While Brainly does rely on human moderators to verify questions and answers, the platform also applies machine learning (ML) algorithms that can automatically filter spam and low-quality content, like incorrect answers, freeing up moderator time. 

In a partnership with Rutgers University, Brainly also developed a machine learning approach that matches students based on skill sets. For example, a student who has correctly answered advanced algebra questions may be matched with a student who needs additional help with algebra assignments. 

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4. Thinkster Math

Thinkster Math applies machine learning and AI to analyze student achievement on math problems.

As students solve problems through the app, it tracks each step and then delivers progress reports about how students handled various skills, like long division or multiplication.

Thinkster Math is used in classrooms and as an online tool that matches math tutors to students to create personalized learning programs based on student strengths and challenges. 

5. Duolingo

Duolingo is aimed at a broader audience than many other edtech tools.

The language-learning app uses AI to help anyone progressively build foreign language skills. As language learners work through various mini-quizzes and other testing tools, Duolingo adapts and evolves as their skill levels increase. 

Duolingo reports it currently has 120 million users learning 19 distinct languages through the app. 

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