There are two technologies that have really captured the attention of educators as well as futurists. These are artificial intelligence and virtual reality. What are the implications of these new technologies in education? Quite simply they can revolutionize our educational system. The question is, at what cost to the educator?
There are many articles that state that technology will never replace a teacher, but I am of the opinion that technology might not replace a great teacher, but technology is already replacing the traditional, average teacher.
Let’s consider a classroom of a traditional teacher:
Students come into the classroom and begin to work on a worksheet. The teacher then delivers the content for that class. It might be a lecture, video, or reading from a text. Then the students do an activity with that newly learned content. Then the teacher offers more work to practice the content usually in the form of homework. Generally this is a standard day in a classroom of a traditional teacher.
Do you see anything in this example that cannot be done by Artificial Intelligence or a Virtual World? Here are five things that an AI/VR school system can do just as easily as a traditional teacher. (Notice that I use the word traditional several times when depicting the teacher.)
1. An AI system can ask questions to a student, recognize if the response was accurate or not, and ask another question exactly at that student’s instructional level.
An AI educator system is the quintessential example of personalized learning. The computer will know the students and their abilities to an extent that might not be possible for a traditional teacher. The AI system can analyze student responses and know the exact next question that students need to deepen their thinking and knowledge
2. An AI system would have the entire internet at its reach and can be used as an educational tool for the students.
So as an AI system is a part of the World Wide Web, it would have the…