There are many types of schools in the UK. Schools can be Academies, Grammar Schools, State Schools, Independent Schools, Colleges, and so forth. It is a long list of different school categories, types and classification. Different types of schools will have different advantages and also challenges. Nevertheless, one thing in common between most schools is that they have trouble finding good resources and retaining their teachers.
Politicians, decision-makers, academics, teachers and even parents have been having big discussions in terms of how to make it easier for schools to acquire resources and keep their teachers. While such discussions are important, it will take time for all the parties involved to reach a conclusion. Thus, it is unlikely that the issues faced by schools will significantly change in a short period of time.
Because of that, it is important to find new tools that are, at the same time, helpful to students and that make the job of the teachers easier. Educational Technology and Artificial intelligence are two of these tools and are already being successfully by a number of different platforms like Blutick and Seneca Learning.
Using EdTech and AI to tackle the problem
Using EdTech has big advantages in relation to regular books. The first one is that the content can be presented in varied formats. It is possible to include short notes, summaries, flashcards, videos, photographs and diagrams. The visual elements and the movement on the website make it easier for students to process and retain information.
Another advantage of EdTEch is to provide engaging and interactive tools for students to practice answering questions in different shapes and formats. Crucially, this also comes with immediate feedback, which is a very productive way to help students learn from their mistakes. Testing and self-marking have another advantage, this time for teachers. It reduces their workload without reducing the quality of work done by students.
That is, teachers know that students learn better by being tested. However, teachers also don’t have the time to mark a lot of quizzes and exams. Thus, online platforms are a perfect tool because they guarantee that students are practising, without increasing teachers’ workload.
EdTech, when combined with artificial intelligence, can create an adaptive learning platform. In other words, the platform can learn with each student about their progress, strengths and knowledge gaps. With that information, the platforms are able to provide differentiated and individual practice to each student, that truly optimises their learning.
Massive Benefits for Students’ Progress
This type of artificial intelligence massively benefits students’ progress. Firstly, it identifies which topics should be reinforced for each individual student. Secondly, it makes the experience more engaging and interesting for the pupil, because they are constantly being challenged and surprised instead of simply answering the same questions all the time.
In terms of the number of teachers in schools across the country, EdTech is also an ally. If one school is lacking teachers, it can still keep on stimulating and teaching students with the use of online platforms, since these don’t require human supervision. EdTech can also reach areas in the country where very few teachers apply to. With EdTech and AI, education is one smartphone away.