Machine learning is becoming the next big thing in America’s education sector. Hailed as the savior of a struggling education system, online and computer-based programs are proving an effective extra-curricular aid to improving education standards right across the United States.
Liulishuo, a Chinese language startup which uses machine learning algorithms to teach English to 45 million Chinese students, recently raised $100 million in investment funds to accelerate its platform, and the potential for the sector is huge.
According to EdSurge, over the past two years, artificial intelligence or machine learning has been growing at a rapid rate. In fact, it’s been around for nearly 40 years but the power and benefits of such a technology are only just being realized.
The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence was established in 1979, and the power of machine learning has been improving ever since. Education is fast becoming one of the main industries in which the technology is used and students are benefitting up and down the country.
Bold Business recently discussed how artificial intelligence was being used to improve education standards. Today, schools tend to adopt a standardized approach to teaching where one syllabus is taught to all students at the same time. What this traditional education structure fails to consider is the fact that children learn at different levels, paces and have different progress rates. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is helping to solve these issues.
Machine Learning algorithms help teachers pinpoint gaps in the way they teach specific students to help tackle problem areas. Bespoke computer-based programs are then created specifically for each student’s needs to help fill the gaps of what they are lacking – a platform that gives real-time feedback to students and helps tutors become better teachers.
Investors in America and right around the world are pumping billions of dollars into the technology, not only because they can see the positives for humanity but because it’s a huge money maker. The sector is already worth billions and is set to break the annual multi-billion mark within the next few years.
AI and Machine Learning Aid Teachers
Liulishuo, a Chinese language startup which uses machine learning algorithms to teach English to 45 million Chinese students, recently raised $100 million in investment funds to accelerate its platform, and the potential for the sector is huge. US-based companies are also doing extremely well within the sector. Investors are jumping onboard and the industry is developing fast.
Third Space Learning, a math tutorial, is helping to improve math standards across the land. Carnegie Learning and Thinkster Math are two examples of AI-based tutor systems that are proving to be successful. Stanford University has also teamed up with the University of Washington to create an AI-powered tutoring system which works in similar ways.
Artificial Intelligence aims to help improve our daily lives, making them more convenient by automating tasks humans find either too complex or time consuming. Technology is being used to effectively mimic human decision-making and thinking, and is helping us with the ins and outs of complex tasks and subject matters.
There’s no doubt that AI is helping to improve America’s education system. It’s already being used to create textbooks and exercises that are designed for the needs of individual students. “AI systems respond to the needs of the student, putting greater emphasis on certain topics, repeating things that students haven’t mastered, and generally helping students to work at their own pace, whatever that may be,” Teachthought says.
Experts say that within the next 25 years, machine learning is predicted to become an integral part of education. As the next generation learn online and source their information from the internet, education systems will only benefit from the positive attributes machine learning can offer.