Artificial intelligence ‘should be used to give children one-on-one tutoring’

The Independent is reporting claims from academics that artificial intelligence should be used to provide children with one-to-one tutoring to improve their learning and monitor their well-being.

One-to-one tutoring has long been thought the most-effective approach to teaching but would be too expensive to provide for all students.

However, in a paper, academics from University College London’s Knowledge Lab argue that AI systems could simulate human one-to-one tutoring…and… children could be assessed in a more complete manner by collecting data about their performance over a long period, providing employers and educational institutions with a richer picture of their abilities.

The report argues that AI could radically transform our education system for the better – but it is being held back by funding…

The report says: “We are in no doubt that teachers need to be central agents in the next phase of Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIEd). In one sense this is obvious – it is teachers who will be the orchestrators of when, and how, to use these AIEd tools. In turn, the AIEd tools, and the data-driven insights that these tools provide, will empower teachers to decide how best to marshal the various resources at their disposal.”

It adds: “The increasing use of AIEd systems will enable the collection of mass data about which teaching and learning practices work best. This data will enable us to track learner progress against different teaching approaches and, in turn, will allow us to develop a dynamic catalogue of the best teaching practices suited to the development of different skills and capabilities, in particular the 21st century skills, across a range of environments.”…

The report says: “Low-income parents may also have had limited education opportunities, meaning they may face serious challenges in providing at-home learning support to their children.”

“AIEd systems can provide tailored support to parents in the same way that they can for teachers and students, improving education and outcomes for both parents and their children. Imagine, for example, providing parents with AIEd assistants that could advise them about strategies for talking to their child, sharing songs, and enjoying books. This could enable all parents to provide the right sort of support in those all-important early years.”…

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I can’t find the paper discussed here on the UCL Knowledge Lab website, but is this an exciting prospect or one that fills you with negative feelings of one degree or another?

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  1. Can’t find the report.  But the article suggests AIEd would be like a vast database of strategies which could help teachers decide the best methods for a given situation rather than a robot sitting by a child giving one-to-one instruction.

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