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Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) devices are already making their way into education and artificial intelligence is not far behind. Already, VR devices are helping medical students practice delicate procedures in safe, real-world conditions and even allowing teachers to practice their teaching skills in virtual classrooms. AI will soon be helping them even more. Here are 10 roles for Artificial Intelligence in education.

1. Tutoring

AI chatbots are already providing initial customer service on websites around the world. Virtual assistants already help students quickly scan the web for information and soon they will be able to tutor students in a wide variety of subjects.

2. Teaching

There is no doubt that students benefit from one-on-one interaction with teachers, but with large class sizes, they rarely get it. AI programs can teach classes and even interact with students, leaving teachers free to give students more personalized one-on-one time.

3. Grading

One of the common complaints of teachers is the amount of time they spend grading homework and performing other routine tasks that takes time away from doing what they do best: teaching. AI programs can already grade standardized tests and it won’t be long before they can even grade more subjective assignments like literature papers.

4. Help make better hiring decisions

What makes a “good” teacher is highly subjective and as a result, it can sometimes take several years to truly sort out teachers who simply struggle for a time to find their way and truly bad teachers. In the meantime, 2-3 year’s worth of students may have gotten a sub-par education while a principal was figuring out which category the teacher fit into. AI can help better screen for a wide range of variables to help districts make better hiring decisions in the first place.

5. Can help organize classrooms by strength, interest, needs or other factors

One of the almost insurmountable challenges that teachers face is that they may be tasked with teaching up to 30 students that all have a different learning style, struggle in different areas and are just in different places educationally. AI can help better sort classes by learning style, strengths and weaknesses and even educational level by subject, allowing teachers to provide better targeted support to the specific needs of the students as a group.