What Is AI And It’s Impact On Schools

Is Artificial Intelligence in classrooms really a threat to the teachers?

Technology has always played an important role in improving the role of education across the globe. Although a major chunk of the education sector still relies on the basic curriculum based teachings and limited resources, technology has offered a high feasibility, agility and customization that were otherwise not possible in this particular sector. It is the intervention of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the field of education.

With the evolution of technology, conventional classes are now turning into smart classes with mini projectors, digital boards and smart conference rooms. This has enabled the students to grasp the knowledge being shared, even by sitting diversely. With new learning pedagogies and methods AI is believed to remediate the students from monotonous classroom learning sessions. With sophisticated tools being used to teach and practice new learning methods, AI is simply taking a shift from boring classrooms to smart class rooms with modern aids such as mini projectors, wearable devices and seamlessly connected conference rooms.

Intervention of AI

This intervention of AI has infused a panic among some teachers as they fear that they might end up in a position where their jobs are endangered due to these smart technologies.

Although it is true that post the implementation of AI, the roles of teachers may change but leveraging the full benefits of the technology might also positively transform the education process which would require reimagining the roles they are currently playing in their areas of expertise.

Effective AI usage would instead free up the educators from doing their monotonous function of ambiguity dealing, judgement and abstract thinking. Currently AI offers help to explore, collect and analyse the big data available, and is being utilized to assist its human counterpart in decision making and automation of tasks.

As AI is becoming omnipresent, certain misconceptions regarding its capability is also pouring in i.e. regarding its role in the future of the planet and mankind. Currently it is being leveraged across a myriad of industries ranging from eLearning, healthcare, and agriculture to engineering, civil and defence. These verticals are constantly competing against each other to harness the power of this technology to liquefy their ethical limitations and challenges. Education is just a newcomer and has recently started responding to the opportunities and challenges posed by this revolutionary technology.

The teachers need to realize the potential of AI as it offers a lot of opportunities and possibilities of strengthening the backbone of educational infrastructure. It thus becomes necessary for teachers to build a concrete understanding of the concepts offered by the technology, the characteristics, its legal implications and its impact in the field of education.

Defining Artificial Intelligence

It is simply the umbrella term that refers to any machine or computer based application that utilizes a human-like thinking approach to fulfil a requirement. The requirement may include planning, learning, recognition of patterns, logical reasoning, understanding and problem solving techniques. At times, the definition can also be relaxed to imagination and creativity. So, every time a machine or a program displays similar traits, we can consider them as a part of the AI technology, which also means that the current definition has the potential to change with respect to our understanding regarding human intelligence and thinking approaches. So, in order to glide through its impacts on education let’s look at some of the ways in which Artificial Intelligence would be helping the modern day classrooms:

#1 Intelligent tutoring systems

ITS or Intelligent Tutoring Systems are simulations for home tutoring. It is considered as an effective form of knowledge sharing through technology. These systems are assumed to possess deep knowledge of the domain they are being implemented and work with effective tutoring strategies.

These tutors are expected to resolve their students’ issues by personalizing and delivering learning activities to fulfil the requirements of the students and match their needs. It offers immediate help to students who are stuck at various problem-solving levels.

Several researches done across the globe show that often students fail to utilize their human tutors as they rarely ask a question or raise a concern. In some cases, human tutors were found to be incompetent at diagnosing the students, about clarifying their concepts or personalizing their learning sessions. With intelligent systems on the move new learning pedagogies and strategies are coming into effect, which are engaging the students with an improved approach and helping them to build their skills. The ITS are characterized by the following: 

    • A model where unique pedagogical models are stored
    • An expert system where deep domain knowledge is kept.
    • A learning interface to communicate with the user at a personal level through written language or NLP (Natural Language Processing)

#2 Smart learning environments, classrooms & schools

With the rapid evolution of internet and technology, we are all connected by the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT), a term that describes the boundless connectivity and increasing capacity of everyday items to connect to the internet and other similar ‘things’ (devices). The IoT ranges from wearable products, kindles and smart home systems to smart travel options, smart cities, smart learning environments and more such entities that offer digital quality assurance and seamless connectivity.

This rise in the connectivity of smartphones with other omnipresent computer devices has given birth to smart classrooms and schools, which have effectively leveraged the essence of IoT. Logically speaking, the rise of smart schools has paved the way for IoT sensors and technologies to evolve further and make significant progress through its development. The data that is being tracked, captured, analysed and transmitted through these devices is now used to provide concrete inputs to the AI based systems.

#3 Improved collaboration between Teachers & Systems

AI based systems would never be able to replace teachers from the classrooms be it online courses or even eLearning sessions. It’s imperative that even online classes are heavily dependent on the experience of the guide who is supervising the class. Instead, AI has proved to be a more valuable tool for such sessions. The machines are now being leveraged by the teachers to offer deeper insights related to subjects and lesson plans. They are also utilizing the AI systems to plan which students need personalized attention and execute their administrative tasks easily.

AI also has the capability to detect the voice tone of the child and then alerts the concerned teacher that whether that particular child is frustrated, angry or is in a state of fear. It thus provides direct insights related to the emotional state of the children and informs the concerned authority to take appropriate steps, thus helping them to respond timely and accurately.

The Impact of AI on teaching

We are not saying that the technology is perfect, instead with the current popularity its several components are being tested to ensure proper functioning as required. For e.g. before integrating AI with eLearning applications, authorities make sure that the apps are gruelled through a comprehensive eLearning testing suite, which authenticates the functioning of the app as expected.

Also, when we think of the impact that AI will create on education and classroom teaching we only think of it in its current educational context, as how easily we would be able to automate the tasks that used to be cumbersome in the past. Instead, we should be more concerned about the implications and the changes that it can bring with reference to the future of learning, education and teaching.

The current batch of applications available in the industry are only utilizing machine learning and the real-time data integration which is resulting in big-data. But is that the only effectiveness that AI is offering? No, instead we should be more focussed on the broader aspects of the technology such as utilizing practical intelligence to build a strong emotional connection that really drives the students’ performance in a positive direction.

It is thus obvious that AI would never be able to replace the teachers from the classrooms, instead, those who opt-in for a collaboration would benefit multi-directionally. Until then, this reactive technology based platform will continue to respond seamlessly to students, not only due to their performance but also for their emotional state, confidence and much more. The technology will continue to co-exist with its human counterpart.

4 Reasons To Update Your Conference Room Technology

Plugging in wires and untangling cables is a real stress for everyone. Especially in the time where we are no longer wasting our time in untangling the wires and doing most of our work wirelessly. Technology has advanced, and so have we. But what is still pending in the conference rooms of offices that still work over a couple of projects with a dozen wires that often irritates the ambiance of a room, and sometimes are even able to ruin a well-planned meeting with executives sitting opposite the screens. If it has happened before, you may stop excusing yourself with the term “ technical glitch” and can collaborate with the technology in the meantime.Let us convince you of our four reasons why you need to upgrade your conference room.

Define Yourself

A workspace is identified by its worker’s space. Not a pun but insisting on the idea that plays a crucial role in defining you as a whole. Other than the waiting lounge and the well-equipped lobby, the next thing a client, a guest, or anybody notices is the meeting space, your conference room. The place where you gather to discuss strategies, analyze market surveys, and plan your next moves require attention. With a good setup technology and easy to handle gadgets, you can define your work with an edge and effect that can last really long.

Get Rid of Stress

Other than Mondays and deadlines, the only thing that stresses workers more is the conference room meetings. The constant pressure of running presentations in the limited time frame without any technical glitches is an issue that most of the workers deal with. Not only it wastes time, but it also affects the overall ambiance. Updated technology can help to get rid of that unnecessary stress and can help people in saving a lot of time. 

Increased Productivity

A happy work space is no more a myth and can be achieved by the provision of a collaborative and creative atmosphere on a regular basis. The once in a weekly conference room meeting can take a backseat when it comes to productivity. Planning in advance, arranging projectors and adjusting screens, and ensuring that nothing interferes between the 30 long minutes can impact the productivity of workers. Working in a flexible environment with natural lights without compromising on the brightness and additional features can enhance the working quality and quantity.

Be Cost-Effective

Counting on the advantages of new aced technology should not let you lose your money. The new technology is affordable and well priced in US Markets. Investing your profits in advanced technology like mini projectors and many more, can make you earn more profits rather than wasting money on the old systems. Updating old technology demands more maintenance and caution. You may have installed Cables, software, and projectors at low costs, but keeping up with them can cost more than buying the new technology. 

Smart Tips To Handle Poorly Trained Staff

The Dilemma of Every Manager

Being in the position of a manager looks all slick from the outside but from the inside, it’s a very tedious job, especially when you are prone to confront inadequately trained staff or temporary staff. Even if when you try and ignore the predicament it is destined to be worse!

Hoping that the performance will miraculously become up to the mark will not solve this complication but the counterproductive employee will instill a domino effect in the company and all the other productive employees will get hold of the laziness as well!

This will very soon become the reason for the downfall of the company. Instead of resenting yourself for ignoring this colossal complexity, take out a notepad and jot down the following tips to use the poorly trained staff to your advantage. 

The Cheat Codes that will change your life as a Manager

The Game of Timing

Timing will determine the future of your company, so never do anything in the heat of the moment that will have repercussions in the near future. Like firing any of the employees or rebuking them as you will have to go through the rigmarole of hiring new ones later.

Once you are calm and without any hard feelings, have a proper conversation with your employees and get to know their side of the story before announcing anything on the speaker.

Adhere to the Facts

Getting the hang of pessimism is super easy and it is the most valuable player in breaking the confidence of the employees. Before venting out, always focus on what the actual facts are and avoid hurting any employee by giving them negative feedback.

Try and explain the employee about their wrongdoings and how it affects the company, other employees and even their own future at the company. Expound on how they will lose their bonus, job security and opportunity for a promotion if they will fail to match your expectations

Capture the Nub of the Complication

When at the position of a manager, a person always assumes that they now the root cause of the unsatisfactory performance of their employee. Rather take out some of your time and fathom the hidden issues.

Maybe there is a plethora of workload on the employee, there might be some personal issues or complications related to their role in the company.

If and only the manager knows the issues, a solution will come into existence!

Endeavour towards the Fix

Synchronize and work in harmony with your employees to come up with a quirky fix. Unpack your headphones lying in your office drawer since forever and have a fruitful conversation with your employee, which will not only lead you towards the solution but will also make the employee feel valued in the company, providing them with the boost they were craving all along!

Regular Follow-Ups

After formulating a gratifying a plan, curate an agenda and have lineups to access the performance as well as improvement of the employees. Also figure the complexities, if any, the employees have clashed with.

Admit and Acknowledge

Don’t forget to recognize any advancement in the performance of your employees! If and when the employees are reaching the mark acknowledge their efforts and reward them with suitable alms, like take them for a lunch or handout a note, reflecting your potency. A personal effort by their manager will enhance their performance even more!

But after all your efforts, if dismally any employ is not improving and is incapable of improving you will have to let them go. The underachievers will never become a valuable resource to you and your company and will only be a liability. 

When you encounter any crummy employee, ask yourself if you are capable of being a manager, are you capable enough to reform that employee?

Make sure you take out that notepad of yours and find the fix!

4 Ways Tech Is Changing The Museum Experience

There are around 55,000 museums spread in 202 countries. Despite such a large number of museums, the world of art has always been accessible to more privileged ones of the of society. But now technological advancements have demystified the world of art. Museums are now more easily accessible and delivering a more engaging and immersive experience to art enthusiasts.

Technology is efficiently connecting the guest to the extraordinary art of exhibits from all over the world through smartphones or installed hardware. Tech has shattered all the physical barriers and is helping art lovers to explore museums more minutely. It has enabled audiences to participate in any art exhibition from around the world.

Through this article, we will explore technologies that are making a difference in the museum experience for art lovers. And how artists and curators can leverage these technologies to reach more number of art lovers across the globe.

Augmented Reality On Smartphones

Augmented reality is the latest form of guided tours that are based purely on the goodness of technology. Visitors can leverage their smartphones to enjoy a guided tour of the museum without the presence of any guide. A viewer can simply point through art pieces and museum content to read or hear interactive content appearing on their smartphones. It offers an engaging experience to the visitor as more information and vital facts can be learned about the art. For instance, Smithsonian offers multiple mobile apps that visitors are encouraged to download before entering the exhibit. The apps are designed to deliver engaging information about artifacts with HD images, video and audio including commentaries of the artists. Detroit Institute of Arts offers guided tours by leveraging augmented reality app developed through Google Tango.

Immersive Guided and Interactive Tours

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Guided tours are not something that is new. They have been there for several decades to help art lovers easily navigate around and understand museums easily. Now museums are delivering guided experience through digital audio. Visitors are required to bring their earphones and plug into a designated area to listen to recorded commentaries of artists. Or visitors can leverage digital screens to explore art more minutely. For example; The Chrysler Museum in Norfolk offers an interactive and immersive experience through digital easels that encourages children to explore art and create their masterpieces. Its interactive gallery offers a family experience to explore and indulge in artistic activities while learning about the human body.

Real-Time Video Tours

Remote real-time video tours have emerged as a boon for art lovers who can’t visit museums located across the world. It offers an immersive digital solution for museum enthusiasts to experience displays and pieces while interacting with artists and curators. A real-time video tour is also a potent tool for artists and curators to make their artwork accessible to millions of art enthusiasts across the globe. Less known artists are leveraging it as a tool to make their art reach more people through technologies including Skype and Facetime without renting expensive gallery spaces. For instance, Kimberly-Klark hosted an exhibition in a small space by collaborating with a few local artists. They gave guided tours on a video call through Skype or Facetime to every art lover who contacted them.

Virtual Excursions

Schools are also leveraging video calling as a potent platform to introduce their students with incredible artwork from around the world. Students are able to learn and experience art remotely without having to pay a fortune in traveling and visiting the museum physically.

For example, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Australia is offering this kind of service in which it offers an interactive workshop by art lovers with artists and curators through video conference.