I rated this 4/5 stars only because it d…

I rated this 4/5 stars only because it doesn’t explicitly mention applications to the field of education or teaching. Otherwise I think it’s great. It came up in a previous MET course forum post that one day teaching will be automated and we’ll be out of a job (I’m paraphrasing), but I don’t think so. Call me naive, as I understand the platforms are still in their infancy relatively speaking, but we just aren’t seeing the same results with automated teaching such as MOOCs as we do with face-to-face education. It works for intrinsically motivated adults, but there is so much more to the job that I don’t see robots teaching k-12 (or kids learning online).

I look forward to the addition of AI augmenting my role as a teacher. This technology would be highly useful in the following ways:
1. It would lessen the cognitive load on the teacher, automating menial tasks such as taking attendance, tracking absences and missing assignments, etc.

2. It would improve student outcomes through analysis of behaviour trends (missing assignments, absences, etc.) and automatically call in support resource personnel.

3. Compared to “fancy” educational technologies, such as VR headsets, iPads for every student, etc., this sort of technology would be relatively cheap. No front-facing technologies would be required, other than the method of data entry. Rather, the infrastructure exists on the back-end, or centralized.

4. Privacy, security, and appropriate use/management of data would (idealistically) be governed by specific directives in the contract as set out by the school/district/country, as well as federal regulations if this were to be rolled out on a large scale.