Using artificial intelligence in the classroom

Dive Brief:After Google’s artificially intelligent (AI) computer system beat world champion “Go” player Lee Sedol of South Korea, some are wondering if man-made neural networks can be applied in educational settings to benefit learning. Companies like Pearson have begun to examine the subject; the company recently released a pamphlet called Intelligence Unleashed: An argument for AI in Education that argues software may soon be able to provide instant and deeper feedback regarding student progress, eliminating traditional standardized testing. Pearson also conceptualized something called a “lifelong learning companion” for students, which essentially could be seen as an interactive cloud that asked questions, provided encouragement, offered suggestions and connected learners to resources. Dive Insight: Some companies are actually already using artificial intelligence in products. Knewton, for example, launched a free tool in August 2015 offering automated personalized learning for students that utilizes artificial intelligence to determine what material will…

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