AI Machine Learning: The Key to a Highly Personalized Learning Experience
Lessons Made for your Kids by AI
There’s no doubt about it... modern technology has drastically changed the education space.
With the global EdTech market snowballing, we see a constant influx of exciting, new developments and educational resources at our fingertips.
These new technologies give people of all ages new ways to think, learn and teach. Artificial intelligence (AI), specifically, provides us with new ways of approaching education.
At our recent Clubhouse event, we took a deep dive into learning more about the role that AI plays in the wider learning experience. Galileo’s founder, Vlad Stan, chatted to our resident Learning Experience Designer, Serj Hunt, as well as one of our facilitators, Mary Ellen Fimbel, on the topic.
They unpacked some of the challenges and opportunities that come with education technology.
A Vivid Reality: AI Machine Learning in Practice
The Internet is massive. We all know that.
We have millions of digital learning resources at our disposal. Best of all, we can access them with a few clicks of a button.
But what if there was a way that all this free, online learning content could be sorted in a useful way?
(And no, we’re not talking about Google).
With the power of AI, this is a reality.
Vivid Learning Systems is an AI-powered tool that creates structured curriculums, on any kind of topic, out of all the free online learning resources.
This makes it easier to break down complex topics into smaller bite-sized lessons. Additionally, the curriculums or courses are made up of a variety of different sources that can be cross-referenced and compared.
“Say you want to learn about robotics or 3D printing or how to be a web developer. It will generate a custom curriculum for you by retrieving free videos from the internet using YouTube’s API, Khan Academy, and all sorts of things.”
With the rise of tools and resources coming from Ed-Techs like Vivid, how is this changing the way we experience or could experience learning?
An AI curriculum - how would it work?
It’s one thing to have these tools available to us, but we also need to consider how this could work for learners.
What are the possibilities to grow and expand the learning experience?
It’s well documented that e-learning approaches result in higher learning retention rates. According to the Research Institute of America, e-learning approaches increase knowledge retention by 25% - 60%, compared to face-to-face learning with a retention rate of 8% - 10%.
There are a few reasons why this is the case.
We know for a fact that no two kids learn in the exact same way, nor will they be interested in the exact same things.
AI-powered tools allow learners to explore topics outside of their standard curriculums. It actually let them learn independently about topics their teacher or facilitator may not know about.
Teachers and facilitators can support their students through a number of other online resources, even if they don’t know themselves.
This not only allows for self-directed learning but for a more personalized learning journey, too. AI can take into account all the different ways in which each individual learns. This could include:
- Knowledge gaps and learning areas that need extra focus
- The best-suited learning approaches and preferences
- The kind of content that a student is most receptive to
- The average speed a student learns
- A student’s daily habits
- The times of the day that the student is likely to be most responsive and receptive
AI Education Technology: Out with the old, and in the with new
Many traditional education institutions are stuck in the past.
In his Forbes contribution AI expert, Calum Chase said “classrooms today would be unrecognizable to the Victorians who invented them. A few decades from now, we may look back on this period as the final years of the pedagogical dark ages.”
With these new, powerful tools available to us, it’s clear that our education systems will need to adapt to embrace them.
However, with having so much information so accessible to learners, we need to reframe what we want them to do with this information.
Even with a tool like Google, learners can complete menial homework tasks in a matter of minutes or even seconds.
With these tools, we need to be setting up spaces for learners to engage meaningfully with the content and resources they’re exposed to. They need opportunities that push them to apply the knowledge and information and understand how it relates to the real world around them.
On this, Serj says:
“I think that it would be really fun to see how kids who play with tools like this for a while will eventually just be really great question askers because they'll be able to get to the core of things really quickly. They'll actually have very diverse viewpoints on things because they can see how you could ask the same question 100 times, and slightly change the wording, and get completely different results. That's why we have got to see it as being super beneficial in changing the way that it scaffolds people's ability to think, as a sort of tool for thought.”
The next question is, how do teachers fit into this?
What role do teachers now need to play in order to support education technology and AI curriculums?
The teacher needs to become a supporter, a facilitator, and a coach.
Learners already have access to unlimited information, so they just need someone to show them different ways of thinking, how to ask questions, and how to apply knowledge.
One of Galileo’s own facilitators, Mary Ellen, has experienced this first hand.
With her students, she says that they often hit a wall at some point in their learning journey, especially with new topics and content. They get to a point where the learning curve is too steep, and they can’t find the missing pieces of the puzzle for themselves.
“AI could be used to say, ‘okay, this is where I understand this point, and then this is the next part that I want to understand - what am I missing?’. In that in-between state, the teacher ends up helping to figure out ‘what are those points?’. So I can see that being a good theme between the learner and educator and the computer - to make that a smoother process.”
This is where something like knowledge graphs could work. Knowledge graphs are a way of visualizing information that helps to show how concepts and information are linked and connected.
This is particularly helpful when dealing with new, complex topics where there is a lot of information from a lot of different sources.
This also helps learners to understand and come to terms with conflicting information and points of view.
“When you're exploring different ideas and concepts, it'll be able to pull in some data that helps to show that these two things can and do coexist, and maybe help people to draw together ideas and to see that some things that people feel are so far apart really, really aren't. This will help us create new ideas to solve the bigger, more complex problems of the world.” (Mary Ellen)
Using AI-based tools also allows teachers to focus on the human side of their job.
E-learning tools make the learning experience broader and more exciting for learners and simplify a lot of tasks that teachers have to do. It could streamline the admin side of things - timetables, curriculums, marking, and so on.
This allows teachers more time to actually interact with their students.
The powerful data side of AI also means that teachers can have better insight into what their students are getting up to, how they’re performing and where they might be struggling.
Start a journey of deep learning (without AI, for now)
As an EdTech company ourselves, Galileo is committed to embracing the exciting world of modern technology around us. We believe that the best way to prepare children for the future is to make them 100% comfortable with it.
Galileo is a community of facilitators, learners, and parents who are working towards the goal of reimagining education. We help future-looking families to empower their children beyond the classroom. Our goal is to empower children to be passionate, self-directed, and curious life-long learners.
We allow learners to curate their own learning journeys while supporting them every step of the way.
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