When we think artificial intelligence, it is very likely that we conjure up scenes from franchised science fiction thriller (Terminator) or complete infatuation with a computer (Her) or even autocorrect on our own smartphones.
Check out a basic video overview on Artificial Intelligence. (5:27)
How teachers can utilize AI in engaging student learning with next practice strategies?
AUTOMATION: assistance with grading. Here teachers can give quick feedback to students through a survey that is autograded. Opportunities for exit tickets, anticipatory knowledge gathering of a new concept/topic or just general interest will give both teachers and students a baseline of information to work from.
- Create and grade quizzes with Google Forms – https://goo.gl/agXQq9
- Use Plickers (iOS/Android) app and cards – https://get.plickers.com/
- Chatbots like those found on Snatchbot (https://snatchbot.me/) can be created by students and teachers. Examples like Mitsuku, WestJet’s Juliet and Snatchbot gallery.
- Chatbots for students – these at https://goo.gl/wtu7M6 can be used to get organized or to have a conversation.
- Siri is found on an iOS device in Settings > Siri & Search. Allow “Hey Siri”.
- Cortana is a digital agent for Windows 10.
- A caution for teachers in using Voice Assistants like Amazon Echo Dot or Google Home in their classroom. Currently these smart speakers connect with a personal account which would not use a school division’s filtering system. Once these smart speakers are able to utilize or be connected to a hosted O365 or GSuite Apps for Education teacher account, they would be more secure and safe to use.
Such as text-to-speech or speech-to-text online systems that reinforce and provide tools to remove barriers for students so that they may demonstrate their learning.
- Texthelp RW4GC and Equatio training and resources at https://www.texthelp.com/en-us/support/training/.
- More resources and information on Microsoft’s Accessibility features are found at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/accessibility.
- Presentation Translator is a free plug-in for Microsoft PowerPoint that creates subtitles in real time. See https://translator.microsoft.com/help/education/ for more information.
- Turn on Chromebook accessibility features via https://goo.gl/JD0sYf.
- Google Slides with automatic captions – https://goo.gl/Hjy1ZF.
- Apple accessibility features at https://www.apple.com/ca/accessibility/.
- Machine Learning Projects.
- A collection of AI experiments from Google are found at https://experiments.withgoogle.com/collection/ai. Explore machine learning with pictures, drawings, language, music and more. Some examples include: Teachable Machine – https://experiments.withgoogle.com/teachable-machine and Quick, Draw! – https://experiments.withgoogle.com/quick-draw.
- Emoji Scavenger Hunt – https://emojiscavengerhunt.withgoogle.com/
- Anki’s Cozmo robot – https://www.anki.com/en-ca/cozmo/code-lab
- Cue the clever bot – https://www.makewonder.com/cue_the_cleverbot/
Artificial intelligence resources in education are great in providing secondary sources of information and support for learners. The above examples are a small sampling of what teachers can do to provide students with access to machine learning in a purposeful way. Yet it is important to note that AI does not provide the humanity and emotional-social support that is so important in the classroom. School staff are an integral part of making a learning environment the most engaging, safe, imaginative and creative it can be.