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Science fiction films no longer dominate the artificial intelligence realm. It is a part of our everyday lives and in our classrooms. We are all too familiar with tools such as Siri and Amazon’s Alexa, but this is just the beginning for AI in education. We should expect to see more in the distant future. The Artificial Intelligence Market in the US Education Sector 2017-2021 report suggests that experts expect AI in education to grow by 47.50% during the period 2017-2021. Below is a glimpse into some of the roles it will play in the classroom.

 

Automate Grading

 

Teachers will finally be able to focus more on teaching then grading. With AI, the role of grader can be passed along. There is already AI technology that exists and is able to automate grading of multiple choice materials. As AI develops and becomes more intelligent, it is expected that the technology will one day be able to grade more than standardized assessments.

 

Support Teachers

AI will play a large part in helping teachers besides grading. AI will support teachers in many other ways such as communication with students. For example, a college professor successfully used an AI chatbot to communicate with students as a teaching assistant all semester without students knowing they were not talking to a human being.

 

Supporting Students

 

In the future, students will most likely have a lifelong AI learning companion. The next generation of children will have a companion that knows their personal history and school history. It will then in turn, know each individual students strengths and weaknesses.

 

Meet Student Needs

 

Students with special needs will also be assisted with a AI personalized learning companion by adapting materials to lead them to success. Studies are already showing positive results for AI teaching students social skills.

 

Allow Teachers to Act as Learning Motivators

 

AI will eventually take on a teaching role by providing students with basic information. It will change the role of teachers in the classroom. Teachers will move into the role of classroom facilitator or learning motivator.