Lesson of the Day: ‘The Machines Are Learning, and So Are the Students’

Lesson of the Day: ‘The Machines Are Learning, and So Are the Students’

4. How is A.I. changing the test preparation market, a multibillion-dollar global industry?

5. Why does the author believe that “the world will still need schools, classrooms and teachers” in the future? What will teachers still be needed for even in our A.I.-enhanced future?

6. Why do some people, like Dr. Terrence Sejnowski, believe that the challenge for A.I.-aided learning is not the technology, but “bureaucratic barriers that protect the status quo”? Why might educational “gatekeepers” be threatened by A.I.?

Choose one or both of the following two writing activities:

1) Tell us about your views about A.I and education.

  • Compare your list from the warm-up activity to the ways that A.I. is being used in education today (and imagined for the future) as detailed by the article. What, in the article, did you find most surprising or intriguing? Which technological development do you find to be most interesting or intriguing? Which do you think you would benefit from the most, as a learner?

  • Would you like your school to use A.I.-powered programs like Bakpax? Why or why not? How do you think A.I. would affect the lives of students and teachers in your school?

2) Make a prediction about the future of A.I. and education.

Mr. Smith writes:

Dr. Newkirk likens A.I.-powered education today to the Wright brothers’ early exhibition flights — proof that it can be done, but far from what it will be a decade or two from now.

What will education look like in 2040 — when perhaps your own children will be in school? Will it look largely the same as today or will A.I. have completely reinvented what teaching and learning look like? Do you think A.I. will ever replace teachers completely — or even the need for places called schools as we know them?

In 200 words or fewer, describe the schools of tomorrow. If you are inspired, draw or illustrate a scene (or scenes) from a school of the future.

Need more information to help make your predictions? Here are some additional articles on artificial intelligence from The New York Times:

A Breakthrough for A.I. Technology: Passing an 8th-Grade Science Test

With $1 Billion From Microsoft, an A.I. Lab Wants to Mimic the Brain

If a Robotic Hand Solves a Rubik’s Cube, Does It Prove Something?

‘There’s Just No Doubt That It Will Change the World’: David Chalmers on V.R. and A.I.

And here are some from outside sources:

What’s The Future Of AI In Education? 17 Experts Share Their Insights | DisruptorDaily.com

Artificial Intelligence, Authentic Impact: How Educational AI is Making the Grade | EdTech Magazine