If you were to ask a group of teachers what the number one thing they would love more of in their classrooms, the majority would say ‘time’. The role of the teacher has evolved beyond simply creating and delivering lesson plans, to now include a gamut of administration jobs while ensuring that all students within their care are catered for, at all times.

At EP we look at different tools that can assist educators in the way that they run their classrooms. From smart educational lessons to easy differentiation techniques and easy access to analytics to help assese each and every student.

Kelly Hollis, our global head of Science recently read the article by Matthew Lynch, ‘7 Roles of Artificial Intelligence in Education’, which suggests that artificial intelligence is making its way in to our everyday lives more and more, and is no longer reserved for science fiction movies. Kelly highlighted how mobile phones alone provide us with intelligent resources such as Siri and that the opportunities these kinds of resources provide educators are able to change the way that teachers differentiate their classrooms in the future. 

Following are some of the key areas Kelly highlighted in her recent article “Artificial Intelligence – Not just for science fiction movies anymore!”

“This… ‘allows teachers to act as learning motivators’ as teachers are able to drive the learning in directions that will engage and inspire the students.”

Marking automation

One of the main roles of artificial intelligence in education is the automation of marking – something that is going to save teachers precious time. EP allows teachers to assign their students activities that will be automatically marked with detailed feedback provided to both the teacher and student at the push of a button. Teachers are able to see the strengths and weakness of the cohort at once and dive deeper, right down to the individual child. Pre and post test results are able to be compared easily to provide the teacher with growth data to ensure that their teaching and learning strategies have helped to improve student outcomes.

Filling gaps in understanding – automted or differentiated

Through the use of the ‘Targeted Remediation’ function within the Assessments feature of the platform, teachers are able to see exactly which students need help with which areas of the content assessed – another role of artificial intelligence explored in Lynch’s article, identifying weaknesses in the classroom. The platform then recommends resources to the teacher that can be used for these individual students to help fill these gaps in their understanding. 

This remediation can be automated or the teacher can choose to differentiate their classroom by assigning appropriate remedial work to those students who require it while also assigning extension work to those students who require a bit of a push. Being able to easily assign different resources to different students within the same class matches the roles ‘meet a variety of student’s needs’ and ‘provide personalised help’ perfectly.

Assessment

In my teaching with EP, I moved away from using the ‘Tasks & Homework’ function to the ‘Assessment’ function to give my students small quizzes to enable me to be able to differentiate my classroom better. I was able to see what areas of the content we were covering that the students already had a solid grasp on so that we could explore these in other ways such as project based learning and inquiry learning, versus those areas where students were not as strong and therefore needed a bit more teacher input. This shows how EP meets the role, ‘allow teachers to act as learning motivators’ as teachers are able to drive the learning in directions that will engage and inspire the students.  

Access and discoverability

Along with the ability to gather quick and detailed data about my students strengths and weaknesses, EP allowed me to provide my students with syllabus aligned content wherever they needed it. If students were absent for any reason, they were able to maintain their studies by logging in to the EP platform. This meant that learning did not stop for students. The way that the platform is designed also allows students to explore the content library at their own discretion. This allows students to delve into areas of the syllabus that interest them as well as exploring areas that they feel they need more help with, without having to rely on the teacher to assign the work. 

Although artificial intelligence and programs like EP will never replace a teacher in a classroom, they provide educators with the tools needed to be able to accelerate the potential for differentiation and develop personalized learning experiences for their students.  

If you are interested in how you can harness EP in your classroom then reach out to support@educationperfect.com We are here to help.

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