AI is a revolutionary tool rather than seeing it as a danger to the traditional educational system it has potential to empower both instructors and students. Can we envision a well-balanced method that maximizes learning through the coexistence of AI and human interaction.

Redefining Education - The AI Frontier Unveiled

Zachary Clifton, a student in high school in Kentucky, said he has created study aids using ChatGPT for several of the college classes he is taking at a local community college. After testing out the generative chatbot for a few months, Clifton is now of the opinion that ChatGPT can be used as an aid rather than a crutch. Clifton found knowledge gaps during his midterm preparation for accounting in February that were not adequately filled by the textbook, his teacher's teachings, his notes, or his previously graded work. The chatbot answered questions and explained things. It made it easier for Clifton to comprehend material that he had previously found difficult to synthesize. To put it briefly, ChatGPT took on the role of his tutor. In the end, Clifton passed the accounting test with a 95% score. He now believes that ChatGPT has a lot more potential to be used as an individualized study aid for various disciplines.

His experience with ChatGPT in the classroom piqued his interest in its potential applications outside of the classroom. While working as an intern for a nonprofit organization dedicated to economic development in eastern Kentucky, Clifton developed the theory that the high unemployment rates in the region were caused by a decline in jobs in the once-dominant coal mining sector. His suspicion was reinforced when he asked the chatbot to enumerate the reasons why unemployment exists in the neighborhood. It was affirming, according to Clifton. "I’ve almost used it as a way to verify my thinking."

Clifton shared the concerns of many Gen Zers on the potential for AI-powered technology to replace human tasks and kill employment. However, he now thinks that leveraging technology like ChatGPT may be powerful. "As a young individual, I perceive my future as being somewhat restricted by computers and algorithms, understanding that certain jobs [may be] substituted by automation," he states. "However, I may utilize this method to my advantage and progress myself. I can use it appropriately and I will continue to use it properly."

Clifton’s experiences definitely show us a clearer picture of the world AI will create if it is integrated in the education sector. Here’s an insight of this wonderful integration.

The Teacher and AI Combination

We are now facing a dilemma whether to incorporate AI in education or not. The most rewarding way out of this would be judiciously using both. A teacher is the human aspect of education whereas AI is the tech aspect of the same coin and both of them put to use together will pave way for progress in true sense. What we need are teachers who are well versed with AI and are adequately equipped to guide the students.

Quizlet in its ‘State of AI in Education Report’ has stated that students (47%) and teachers (48%) say AI technologies have had a positive impact on the teacher-student relationship, also students have agreed that AI has helped them better understand, study faster or more efficiently. This clearly brings to the table that AI is constructive for all of us provided that we all equip ourselves for exploring it. It is a reality from which we cannot shy away and we all must rise up to the challenge and battle it like never before.

AI for All

AI has given everyone access to quality education regardless of regional, lingual disparities and physical disabilities. Real-time subtitles may be provided for instructors via programmes such as Presentation Translator, a free PowerPoint plug-in, which helps make education more accessible for students who speak other languages or have hearing problems. We need education that penetrates seeking minds. With AI this penetration is bolstered and its effectiveness can increase manifold. Some argue that AI in education is creating shortcuts as it can provide all answers and students can misuse it. However the world is already dominated by tech and now everyone is intending to use AI to make their learning processes etc. more impactful. So discarding AI from education will leave us stranded and way behind everyone else. AI is not a shortcut but a bridge that leads us to our future.

AI’s Equation of Education

Education is a lifelong process and banning AI would take away this wonderful opportunity from those who intend to learn forever. AI can be of great help for them as AI can be their personalized teacher. Life beyond schools do exist and once a student is out in the world their practical skills like resilience, ability to manage conflict etc. will define their success. Within classrooms that have both human and  AI, these skills can be boosted substantially as with AI the student will learn how to approach a question for delivering an amazing answer and through a teacher a human element to the entire learning experience can be achieved. Also, one can learn many new things easily with AI. This makes AI a weapon which needs to be administered effectively with the human mind. It is a student empowering tool.

We all accept AI as a revolutionary tool rather than seeing it as a danger to the traditional educational system, given its enormous potential to empower both instructors and students? Can you envision a well-balanced method that maximizes learning through the coexistence of AI and human interaction? If not, then it’s time for you to learn it through AI. 27-Nov-2023
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