Artificial Intelligence in Education: Moving From Thinker to Teacher

Artificial Intelligence in Education: Moving From Thinker to Teacher

John Nosta 05/07/2021
Artificial Intelligence in Education: Moving From Thinker to Teacher

As artificial intelligence (AI) gains a foothold, your next favorite teacher may be a silicon-based bag of bolts.

We all remember a favorite teacher. But I wonder if what we recall is the social engagement or the actual teaching ability. I would imagine that it's a combination of both. Yesterday's and today's great teachers have that knack for bringing information to life and igniting a desire to learn. And central to this is the ability to customize content around a student's needs or aptitudes. It's one-part Maria Montessori and cognitive customization. The MIT Tech Review examined how artificial intelligence or "intelligent education" is being embraced by China and how it's being implementing in a range of educational activities from traditional classroom teaching to extracurricular tutoring.

A robot teacher? The heartless musings of artificial intelligence drumming techno-programed propaganda into my head? Where is Mrs. Crabtree, that beacon of humanity with chalk dust on her nimble fingers?

So, let's take a step back and consider "tech ed" from two important perspectives.

The TEACHER. My math teacher, back in those chalk dust days, seemed to know everything. But as elementary school move to higher education, the all-knowing sage was much less common, if not completely absent. And today, content is complicated. And the role of AI to augment knowledge, skills, strategies and tactics may be a powerful formula to transform yesterday's teacher into tomorrow's informed mentor. The new teacher's assistant my just have the initials A. I. 

The STUDENT. Conventional education, driven by cost and the power of standardized tests, often aggregates to the mean. The students can victims of rigid a methodology and curriculum that serves the system more that the pupil. Artificial intelligence may offer the potential to help shape both methods and content to enhance the overall education experience. The much-applauded aspect of customizing an education path may be achieved by leveraging the potential of AI in the classroom and its availability to Mrs. Crabtree. 

In the final analysis, we are all students and teachers. And it's this unique reciprocal combination that can benefit from AI. From the classroom to the boardroom to the operating room, our ability to learn, unlearn, and relearn (to paraphrase Alvin Toffler) that will empower us all to drive real change and embrace the future.

The complexities of modern civilization can place an undue burden on the existing and evolving challenges in education. It's time we take a hard look at the ideas and methods of the past and leverage the very technology that we seek to learn about. The trajectory of education is poised to shift and learning itself will be empowered by technology. Today, it might be an enhance curriculum and customization. But tomorrow, the delivery of knowledge might include the exotic aspects of neural implants that deliver information directly to our brains making learning both instant and passive.

Technology and AI may end up being your new and favorite teacher. But this time, you won't need the apple!

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John Nosta

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John is the #1 global influencer in digital health and generally regarded as one of the top global strategic and creative thinkers in this important and expanding area. He is also one the most popular speakers around the globe presenting his vibrant and insightful perspective on the future of health innovation. His focus is on guiding companies, NGOs, and governments through the dynamics of exponential change in the health / tech marketplaces. He is also a member of the Google Health Advisory Board, pens HEALTH CRITICAL for Forbes--a top global blog on health & technology and THE DIGITAL SELF for Psychology Today—a leading blog focused on the digital transformation of humanity. He is also on the faculty of Exponential Medicine. John has an established reputation as a vocal advocate for strategic thinking and creativity. He has built his career on the “science of advertising,” a process where strategy and creativity work together for superior marketing. He has also been recognized for his ability to translate difficult medical and scientific concepts into material that can be more easily communicated to consumers, clinicians and scientists. Additionally, John has distinguished himself as a scientific thinker. Earlier in his career, John was a research associate at Harvard Medical School and has co-authored several papers with global thought-leaders in the field of cardiovascular physiology with a focus on acute myocardial infarction, ventricular arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death.

   

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