The field of education is facing huge disruption after the emergence of new trends after the pandemic. Artificial Intelligence is almost there, coming to revolutionize the field of education. Artificial Intelligence is helping in delivering food, it is helping in data entry and maintaining spreadsheets, providing legal advice and it is venturing in learning & memorizing- two essentials of educational activity.

Without an iota of doubt, AI will change the future of how we learn! Role of schools and other educational agents might change drastically once artificial intelligence totally sets in. Note that, during the pandemic, the shift in mode of education from offline to online has hastened the process of entry of AI here. AI will move towards more personalized experience in the field of education for students. The students will be working with a learning assistant that will help them grasp the core concepts of learning. The conventional model of education- traditional methodology of learning & teaching has never been challenged so much ever before then by the entry of Artificial Intelligence. It is really exciting what the future holds for the future student community! We have seen the transition from chalks & blackboards to technology enabled smart boards. Now, AI can altogether change the teaching-learning experience. What does it mean for various stakeholders in education?  It is important to note that schools and universities are not only centres of learning but they facilitate in creating life-long experiences for students. What does AI in education bring on the table will be closely looked at by everyone. 

The rapid advancement of technology, such as AI and robotics, has affected all industries, including education. A recent report from IBM, Burning Glass and Business Higher Education Forum shows that the number of job opportunities for data and analytical skills will increase by 364,000 to 2,720,000 in 2020. This means that the gap between supply and demand of people with AI skills is widening, with one report showing a worldwide base of 300,000 AI professionals, but with millions of opportunities available, and this gap is leading to even higher salaries for those in this field. All this is good news for teachers, because AI can be a great ally to a teacher. However, some educators are afraid of the advancement of AI and that it might replace the role of a teacher altogether. Teachers’ jobs are not at risk of being replaced by robots – while artificial intelligence programmes can teach literacy or math, more complex social and emotional skills will always remain in the human domain. Artificial intelligence is completely devoid of emotion and we can’t imagine teaching without emotional aspects. Managing a class of 30 students makes personalised learning almost impossible. However, AI can provide a level of differentiation that is tailored to the specific needs of individual students. Teachers don’t just teach, they also spend hours grading papers and preparing lessons to come. However, some tasks, such as marking papers, could be performed by robots, giving teachers a lighter workload and more flexibility to focus on other things. We’ve already used test machines, and the teachers used them to grade students. There is also a potential for AI to improve enrolment and admission processes. 

Artificial intelligence makes comprehensive information available to teachers at any time of day. We’ve already seen how technology can make classrooms; it’s prone to outside disturbances. AI is computer-based, can be connected to different classrooms around the world, fostering greater cooperation, communication and collaboration across schools and universities around the globe. Artificial intelligence can identify gaps in teacher presentation and educational materials. The teacher can be alerted to the system when a large number of students give an incorrect answer to a homework assignment. The teacher can then provide hints on the correct answer for future students in order to improve the conceptual foundation of learning for the future of the subject. A number of companies use A.I. To help students complete their homework or to make recommendations as to what classes they should take. According to surveys, 75% of U.S. teachers believe that printed books will be entirely replaced by digital learning tools. In India, CBSE, the largest educational board, Artificial Intelligence has introduced students to the school curriculum, realizing the utmost importance of AI. Social media has made education more accessible: we can find YouTube videos on almost every subject. 

The Internet of Things (IoT) has transformed classrooms into a delightful visual, experiential place for students. The challenges faced by people in the field of hands-on training logistics have disappeared since we can finally simulate any kind of environment and train people in conditions that seem to be real. India’s new education policy also proposes a dedicated digital and online learning unit aimed at building digital infrastructure and digital tools. Companies like Byju’s have vastly expanded their consumer base, reflecting the huge demand for digital content in education in our country. An effective education sector can transform a country by developing human resources and increasing productivity. Particularly in the context of emerging countries, the level of education and literacy of the population plays an important role in their development and in the overall transition to an advanced economy.

Students who are exposed to technology at a relatively younger age can be at an advantage of embracing digital tools which will help them to personalize their experiences. It might also teach them to adapt to work in digital workplaces in future. The future workforce might get trained to be ready for more revolutionary changes coming their way! They might be acquainted with working with ever-changing technology. There are serious questions on the usability of schools and universities once Artificial Intelligence takes control of education. The role of teachers and instructors in AI driven education might not be determined that easily. Yet, we are at the cusp of historical revolution in the field of education! New technologies have always disrupted our style of lives and we cannot expect anything less for Artificial Intelligence. It will be a real game changer of our times! 

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