Artificial intelligence is the process of using computers and machines to mimic human perception, decision making, and other processes to accomplish a task. In other words, AI happens when machines engage in high-level pattern matching and learn in the process.
The two notable AI types include the rule-based option and the machine learning-based option. The first uses decision-making rules to generate a response. A simple example of this type of education system includes an intelligent tutoring system (ITS), which can offer pre-programmed and specific feedback to student requests. The answer can be better formed based on the common entry questions shared by the student’s audience. Machine learning-based AI offers more power to the educational community, as machines can self-learn (through algorithms) and improve their decision-making over time, especially when interacting with massive amounts of big data at multiple levels (states may have district datasets, which provide insights for machine learning).
In education, AI tools based on machine learning can help with myriad tasks and processes such as monitoring student performance and automatically generating patterns that help predict eventual outcomes. , or even recommend career paths (can be used to improve career and educational counseling options for high school students). Machine self-learning has so far shown amazing results when it comes to complex solutions, especially those that aren’t governed by rules, like adding a score to students’ typed responses or providing analysis to huge amounts of complex data sets. Algorithms driven by mathematical models help spot trends that are not very obvious and data interrelationships, especially with the desired output based on the provided inputs available in the data set.
Moreover, it is imperative to put the resources where our desires are, in order to ensure that we can master our education process through a technological leap. So much more is possible on the other side when our teeming youth population is introduced to the technological fantasy. AI-based education can be customized to create the endpoints we want and the right mix of learning and instructional materials can ensure the desired consistent results. We must therefore encourage technological education.
Here are some reasons why we need to encourage technological education quickly.
1. It engenders trust and ensures that students have the opportunity to improve their interaction with classmates and instructors by enabling collaboration. High school students will feel more alive using technology in the classroom.
2. The use of technology in the classroom ensures that teachers and other members of the learning community have the opportunity to develop their students’ digital citizenship skills. It’s one thing to use mobile devices, and quite another to know how to use them correctly and responsibly.
3. Integrating technology into education helps students stay engaged. Attention span is at an all time low with so many distractions calling for them. Most students today use mobile devices like tablets and smartphones (like second nature) to play and learn since they can crawl. So it makes sense to ensure that today’s classroom experience aligns with how students want and are used to learning and having fun.
4. The combination of new technologies like virtual reality (VR) with traditional classroom teaching is an example of how the introduction of new technologies can enhance the learning experience and create new opportunities. Students can learn more concretely and put theories to the test without worrying about possible dangers.
5. Technology transforms the entire learning experience. Students have access to an incredible amount of new information and opportunities. From learning to write computer programs (coding) to learning how to collaborate better in small teams (on tasks and activities) and with their instructors, technology offers students the opportunity to to be more creative and to be more connected between remote communities. New technologies have dramatically improved the way we learn today, especially the way we perceive the whole process from start to finish. There are so many things we need to create effective ed-tech learning across the country.
Moreover, we are encouraged that the state government in some places like Lagos, provides many classrooms with technological tools or knowledge and computers. More certainly must be taken into account in this regard for the country, such as the provision of high-speed Internet access. We must also encourage lower prices for smart devices designed for school use, so that no child is left behind in the pursuit of laudable but also very unfortunate technology than most ed-tech purchases. always be based on word of mouth rather than practical evidence. of efficiency. However, we should expect more emphasis on the use of evidence-based educational technologies, recognizing that educators will need a great deal of help in expanding their efforts to infuse an evidence-based culture regarding education technology in their schools and classrooms. It will be pleasing to see that in some local governments communities are hosting technology hubs and teacher leaders are taking on larger leadership roles that leverage their existing technology skills to lead their peers in the use of technology by AI-focused class. Yet we also need to have functional libraries in other LGs, funded by communities and community ambassadors as leaders of digital change. We must step up the campaign to encourage students to work with teachers and their peers to become responsible digital citizens in their schools and communities while being aware that many low-income students, particularly in urban and rural areas, do not have Internet access at home to complete their studies. digital homework and using powerful digital tools at home to create, solve and communicate that other students of wealthy parents take for granted. Government must provide real common ground and allow children to have unfettered access to technological learning tools.
As a community, we must step forward to understand and recognize how the active use of technology by young learners with adults can have a positive impact on the development of society and on them. So we need to be concerned about how many children are left alone for long periods of time with little or no digital engagement. Our world has gone digital, and so has learning, assessment and schools. Nonprofits can step in with programs to mitigate and close some of the obvious gaps while providing open digital learning labs for high school students with tech-savvy guides. Some measures that could be adopted to bring educators and participants closer to harnessing the benefits of AI and its uses in education technology include the above:
First, the academic and business community needs to invest in R&D to understand how other knowledge-based societies have used AI. A clear vision of a more desirable future for our educational space where high quality learning materials and instruction are available to all students, especially at the secondary level. Research can help us find what has worked in other economies while adapting the same to our unique needs.
Second, we need to invest in the development of new types of technology-enabled learning environments. Given the amount of investment required, this may require federal government coordination. A special funding portfolio can be opened for the advancement of educational technologies in secondary schools. Technologies such as learning games, AI tools, and virtual reality learning environments can then be introduced at the district level, providing students with central access for learning purposes. Like the United States, Every Student Succeeds Act, Nigeria can put in place policies that advance our educational process. Government grants can also be introduced to develop technology education focused learning. Driving technology forward with this funding absolutely requires massive use of media (social and traditional) to spread the word and encourage young adults to take tech courses – to serve as a huge leverage.
Third, federal and state governments should invest in professional development for teachers on the effective use of AI tools in the classroom. Teachers (the guardians of the future we want) should become experts in using technological tools to enable them to personalize learning materials to the specific needs of their students. Countries like Finland and Australia are investing heavily in supporting teachers to use technology tools effectively in the classroom, and these countries could serve as guides to replicate the same in our secondary schools.
In conclusion, efficiency must be at the center of our ed-tech conversation to minimize waste and increase system efficiency. And to be effective, we have to measure all the way; for good measurement, results must be clearly broken down into simple milestones and results that aggregate into the big picture. For great results, we must think incrementally and keep improving what we create while enjoying the results of our productive efforts. I strongly believe that learning should be fun and an approach to disseminating knowledge, made interesting for both learners and teachers. We certainly achieve more and often better results when we collaborate through work teams on what is most important to our existence as a community, state or country.
Let’s create new stories that continually enhance digital conversations around the effective delivery of technology education as I thank you for your investment of time, yours in technology, Olufemi Ariyo.
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