Artificial intelligence (AI) has revolutionized the day-to-day operations of many industries, from healthcare to retail to hospitality. The technology has finally started to spread its influence in the education sector as well, playing a key role in student management systems.
Here’s how schools can use AI to manage their students better and enable them to fulfil their academic potential.
Personalized Learning and Guidance
Student records have many details AI can use to craft a personalized learning experience. While the outdated enterprise resource planning systems require constant human intervention to keep administrative operations running, AI-driven systems need little to no human assistance.
Each student’s grades, disciplinary records, feedback notes and other tidbits of information help AI build an understanding of their behaviour. Seemingly immeasurable details like infrequent participation or poorly done homework can give AI a clue a student doesn’t connect with a specific educator or a class’s workload is too challenging.
An AI management system goes at the student’s pace and puts them in positions they’re more likely to succeed in. Some educational technology companies have also developed advanced AI learning tools schools can use to individualize their classrooms. Here are some examples of AI student management tools in action:
Carnegie Learning: Carnegie Learning is a Pittsburgh-based ed-tech company providing AI-driven solutions for K-12 students in science, mathematics, world languages and literacy. MATHia is the company’s best creation yet, using AI to provide one-on-one feedback and math-learning solutions to struggling students.
Nuance: Nuance is a multinational ed-tech company and a leading developer of conversational AI. For example, the Dragon Speech Recognition software helps students follow lectures by transcribing 160 words per minute. It also provides detailed progress assessments and lesson plans for students and teachers.
Century Tech: This UK-based learning and teaching platform combine AI and neuroscience to create personalized learning modules and improve student engagement in science, math and English.
Kidsense: Kidsense is an automatic speech recognition software helping students take notes faster, practice vocabulary and overcome minor speech impediments.
Practically: this leading tech startup in India launched a self-learning app with interactive video content and virtual reality courses about various subjects. The AI software in the app analyzes student responses and provides personalized feedback.
One AI tool, in particular, has been revolutionary in increasing student motivation — chatbots. Many prominent universities have implemented AI chatbots to answer student FAQs and help them manage stress. Given the growing severity of the student mental health crisis, chatbots can be vital tools for helping young people get the help they need in a timely fashion.
Creating new lecture strategies and answering FAQs used to fall on the faculty’s shoulders, but chatbots and other technologies give teachers and professors schedule flexibility. AI allows educators to spend more time fostering relationships with students. They seem excited about the change, as 81% see great value in digital learning tools.
“Each student’s grades, disciplinary records, feedback notes and other tidbits of information help AI build an understanding of their behaviour.”
Improving Virtual Learning
New AI-driven technology has established some much-needed stability in the post-COVID world, where many kids rotate between virtual and in-person learning. AI can determine how students respond to virtual classes by tracking their eye contact, keyboard/mouse activity, participation and other signs of engagement.
Here are some tools for improving the virtual learning experience:
Squirrel AI Squirrel AI is a leading online learning company in China using AI-powered algorithms to provide personalized virtual tutoring experiences. It has reached over 1,700 schools throughout the country and has started to expand beyond the borders.
Cognii Cognii’s advanced virtual learning assistant offers open-response assignments, personalized online learning and professional training for K-12 students and teachers.
Blippar This UK-based AI developer specializes in augmented reality content creation, providing students with immersive and customizable learning environments. It also has creative platforms encouraging students to experiment with AI-driven technologies.
When the pandemic forced schools to switch to a virtual setting, many professors and teachers didn’t have the time, resources or technical skills to create a viable online learning environment. AI gives them the means to build a flexible and inclusive setting for every student, no matter their situation at home.
“AI can determine how students respond to virtual classes by tracking their eye contact, keyboard/mouse activity, participation and other signs of engagement.”
Fostering Teacher-Student Relationships
Using AI to analyze the contents of student records might lead to better academic outcomes, but it can’t replace educators. There still needs to be a human instructor with whom students can build a relationship. AI can also help with this essential relationship-building, as teachers and professors can take the information the software infers and use it to change how they interact with students.
For example, a teacher might see a student performing poorly in their larger classes. They can deduce the student prefers a smaller learning setting and have the administrative staff change their schedule. The more educators learn about their students’ learning habits, the more they can do for them.
“AI allows educators to spend more time fostering relationships with students. They seem excited about the change, as 81% see great value in digital learning tools”
AI tools also bring professors, teachers and students closer together because all parties are experiencing the tools firsthand. The introduction of this technology is a learning experience for everyone. It gives the education system a long overdue breath of fresh air, making students and educators excited to be in the classroom again.
AI Gives New Life to Education
AI’s analysis of student records provides teachers and professors with crucial information about work habits, learning styles and other strengths and weaknesses. With the introduction of advanced learning tools, AI brings new life to education online and in real classrooms worldwide.