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Artificial intelligence in school education: the future today

The topic of AI is on the hearing today. Machine learning technologies have led us to use artificial intelligence in many areas of our lives. There are also many application options – from small free applications to large-scale expensive business solutions. We will also touch upon the issue of the use of high technologies in the ordinary school of Kazakhstan. 

Educational programs are updated every year, and that's right. Modernity does not allow us to stand still, the same new realities force the country's leadership to drive teachers forward. How to integrate into an actively changing world?

For example, entrusting part of their work to artificial intelligence. But first , let's break down the teacher's work into several global tasks:

  • Development of curricula for the classroom;
  • Knowledge check;
  • Work with each student individually.

Today, together with the students, the teacher learns something new every day. At the same time, he cannot get out of the usual schedule, which includes the solution of these three tasks. But what if we shift some of them to AI? 

Easy! However, according to UNESCO, only 10% of schools around the world use machine intelligence technologies. What is the reason? Most often – in problems with technical equipment and adequate training of specialists distributed by geography. In big cities, there is no question of personnel, while remote areas cannot boast of IT specialists or even the ability to use their services remotely. 

As part of the digitalization of education, Kazakhstan will also have to deal with this. But the capabilities of artificial intelligence require solving emerging problems. 

Generative artificial intelligence today creates curricula and programs by itself. The innovator in this was the company Cognii:

The company's product allows you to create individualized curricula and materials that adapt to each student. In addition, the system is equipped with the capabilities of testing the acquired knowledge, and not only does it ask students questions – students ask artificial intelligence for help! Needless to say, it unloads the teacher?

We can also consider less global examples. Let's take the widespread online school education services today: the possibilities of artificial intelligence are narrowly focused in them. 

For example, the intelligent system in the Kazakh language simulator Orator Nomad selects an individual route for learning vocabulary at the right level. Analyzing the student's success in mastering certain words, the AI forms a training program for the next step. The algorithm is quite simple, but effective.

The system in the CERM Webgram application, after testing students, identifies rules and topics that are weaker in the class or vice versa stronger. And there are many such examples. 

In general, the possibilities for implementing IT in optimizing the teacher's work today are limitless. It is important to apply them correctly. 

The examples above show the real experience of using AI in education. An experience that does not mean millions of investments. Available algorithms are included in widely distributed services for schools, which can be purchased for adequate money. 

If your tasks are more individual, then you can decide to develop – today it is also quite real. 

But first you will need:

1. Clearly define the tasks that need to be solved. 

2. Describe the tasks in as much detail as possible in the style of business processes. 

3. To study the market of solutions and choose the right one, based on the experience of their application.

4. Connect solutions and tasks.

5. Actually, start the implementation. 

So, we define the tasks:

The director of the school receives the same complaints from teachers about difficulties in mastering certain material. Or the director himself sees that a certain part of the staff periodically fails to cope with the tasks set. You can proceed from the negative and make everyone "stick in", or you can perceive it as a goal for optimization. 

Problems are all around us, it is important to be able to see them. To do this, the school administration should keep at least the simplest accounting log: in fact, this is already the first step towards automation, because it is unrealistic to keep everything in mind. 

And if we see recurring, characteristic problems and trends, we define them as potential tasks. 

We describe the tasks for a better understanding:

Let's turn to the simplest computer science. To teach a machine to solve a problem, it needs to describe an algorithm. We have the input data, the necessary output, between them we insert the specified stages of work:

For example, the problem found by teachers is as follows: after receiving a large amount of material in the classroom, students return to class and do not remember half of what they were given earlier. 

When formulating the process, we touch on all the input data. At the entrance we have materials for the student, at the exit we must receive at least 90% of their assimilation in the next lesson. In the process, we describe the stages of the student's work: the way from school and to school, doing homework on this and other subjects, his personal affairs (where without them), actually trying to learn new knowledge. 

Having estimated the time to complete all these stages, we can get an overload of the student. In order to engage in assimilation, he needs to give up other things that seem more important to him. 

Analyzing the algorithm in the future, we can come to the conclusion that the student needs to optimize the time for mastering the material, and not all at once, but the most difficult moments. There are certain tools for optimizing time, and this is the next stage of work.

We select solutions:

First, it is important to rely on the problems. In the case above, the problem is the lack of time to assimilate the material (this is the most obvious reason). Before looking for specific IT solutions on the market, it is important to understand the very essence of the tool we need. 

Let's turn to the pedagogical knowledge base: Interval training is well suited for training with optimal time. Great, we have one option. 

The training allows you to work on specific learning difficulties, returning to them several times for better assimilation. But how to get a student to use this tool?

Here specific solutions are already suitable. We monitor the market, it is enough to "Google" a search query:

If you subscribe to resources related to IT technologies in education, you can get up-to-date information about new developments in EdTech in the area you need. Here we express our great support to Astana Hub for the movement of these materials to the masses. 

To do this, you need to "be on the wave" and live for tomorrow, which some teachers and school principals are not disposed to do today. But the situation should change with the development of state programs in Kazakhstan. 

Every self-respecting IT solution today uses one or another artificial intelligence. Therefore, you are unlikely to make a mistake if you make a choice even without understanding the internal processes of the product. 

We connect solutions and tasks, implement tools with AI:

If it is difficult for you to independently assess whether the service is suitable for your algorithm, contact the project manager directly. Today, every developer has a caring department that will come to your aid, evaluate the task and find points of contact between the product and the tasks. 

Otherwise, arm yourself with the documentation of the project and learn about it in detail, be sure to get acquainted with the use cases of other similar organizations. 

Usually the description of applications is detailed enough to immediately understand whether it suits you or not. Also, check out the tariff schedule to plan a budget for the implementation of only the tools you need (you can often refuse extra modules, but not everyone knows about it). 

As we said at the beginning, technological progress is moving by leaps and bounds. This means that there is a great chance, if not to drown in a sea of processes incomprehensible to the teacher, then suddenly to be waist-deep in them. To prevent this from happening, it is worth thinking about the introduction of artificial intelligence today. This will allow: 

  • Automate school tasks by simplifying them for all participants in the process;
  • Digitalize information, making it more visual and understandable for analysis;
  • Unload teachers in the flow of new information;
  • To improve the knowledge of the students themselves;
  • Make the learning process more accessible.

You won't believe how much one small application can reduce routine costs. Even if you take the banal question of checking homework. Let's say that checking one job spends 5 minutes of the teacher's work, and 20 students in a class – a total of 100 minutes or more than an hour and a half, for which it would be possible to tighten the curricula. 

The DZ verification system based on artificial intelligence will do the same job in 10 seconds. And even for several classes, giving the results in a convenient tabular or graphical form. 

With an implementation cost of 2000 tenge per student (this is an example of our company's product), the costs for the school are more than lifting. 

And we are not talking about implementation as a process of installing programs and servers at school. Most AI projects today have the most convenient online cloud form. That is, for students and teachers to work, they only need to create an account on the website or install an application on a smartphone. That's it!

In conclusion, I would like to summarize what has been said. 

The future lies behind educational platforms based on artificial intelligence. The sooner schools begin to get involved in this new world, the easier it will be for them to adapt to new conditions, while maintaining high standards of learning. 

Simulators, applications, tests, curriculum generators – all these IT services are firmly part of school life today. It is only important to learn how to apply them correctly and plan costs. We hope that the article motivates you to get involved in the EdTech world as soon as possible and be on the wave in it. After all, the future, as the title says, comes to us today. 

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