The Rise of AI in Personalized Learning

The biggest names in tech are raving
about how AI and personalized learning is changing how we will learn there’s
this new trend towards more personalized learning some kids learn better by you
know watching videos some learn better by reading some learn better by practice
problems but where does personalized learning come from where is it now and
where will it go I’m Doctor ET and welcome to Ed on Ed Tech
where we’ll learn about how technology is changing education In the 1900s John
Dewey and Maria Montessori argued that learning and education is a social and
interactive process and that students should be able to take a part in their
own learning now Montessori found that children’s
spontaneous activities in the classroom became this internal program of
development and that educators should remove obstacles and provide
opportunities for spontaneous activity to flourish so individualized
instruction became all the rage with Sidney Pressey’s teaching machine
designed to administer multiple-choice questions
behaviorist BF Skinner expanded this concept with a real-time teaching
machine that would provide positive reinforcement upon getting an answer
correct and this forms much of the basis for computer-aided instruction today while the use of personalized learning dates back to the 1960s there’s been no
widespread agreement on the definition of personalized learning Audrey Watters
argues that the very definition of personalized learning is shaped by the
billions invested through the philanthrophy of some of the biggest
names in tech and education so Mark Zuckerberg Bill Gates and McGraw-Hill
CEO David Levin you’ll see that they have a lot of positive things to say
about personalized learning so there are already some early studies put out by
the Gates Foundation that showed that even for the first set of personalized
learning schools that are out there the outcomes can be as much as 50% better a
year. The Verge’s interview with Bill Gates said that institutions that use
personalized learning software for remedial education see their completion
rates double David Levin the CEO of McGraw-Hill cites the benefits of
personalized content we’re taking content
and then into that content we’re studying probes or questions so as you
as you work with the content the probes and questions are you you read you react
to the probes and questions and the AI behind that spots what you’re getting
right and what you’re getting wrong and then begins to direct your path very
individually so it’s a very personalized pathway through content based on what
you know to get a sense of the future of AI and personalized learning let’s
take a look at what the leaders in tech and education have to say in Tech
Crunch’s interview with Mark Zuckerberg he said so what we really want to do and
strive to help teachers do over the next 10 or 20 years is get to the point where
every student in every classroom can have the same kind of education that you
would have if you were working with a one-on-one tutor In Verge’s interview
with Bill Gates on the topic of AI tutors he said that for a lot of
subjects as they get older people are not willing to take that learning risk
when they’re confused the idea that you could talk to a virtual adviser that
would understand different misconceptions and arbitrary linguistics
around it that’ll certainly come in the next decade forward-thinking says that not only our students going to learn from computers computers are going to
learn from students Secretary of State Betsy DeVos said I think that every
student every individual is unique and special and we need to be really intent
on focusing on the needs of each individual student from a counter
perspective Audrey Watters argues that personalization from a political
perspective means freedom from government controls and regulations that
force educational institutions to be more equitable Audrey asked well will we
have any semblance of collective justice in a personalized algorithmically driven
world former US Deputy Secretary for the
Department of Education James Shelton who now leads the Personalized Learning
at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative said we’ve got to dispel this notion that
personalized learning is just about the technology in fact it’s about
understanding students giving them agency and letting them do the work that
is engaging and exciting in the end it’s gonna be parents teachers and people
like yourselves who will ultimately define what personalized learning
is and how it’s going to be used let me know in the comments below about the
role that you think AI could play in your learning it’s an honor to be able
to collaborate with so many educators from We Create Edu if you’d like to see
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5 thoughts on “The Rise of AI in Personalized Learning

  1. Wow it was so much fun to see some of the other videos related to Education. Thanks to all those from WeCreateEdu who collaborated on this Back to School project!

  2. Loved this. I am a huge advocate of this in my classroom. Chromebooks for every student this year at my school have certainly helped.

  3. Oh, man. There's so much I feel like I could say here. Great video and I love the topic. I love being able to have multiple points of contact through technology with my class. The thing that's always challenging to me, though, is that way too many people feel that tech is the solution for all our education woes. At my school, kids can take entire classes online by watching video tutorials and having the program decide if they are ready to move on or not. I'm sure there's a right and a wrong way to let AI and tech strengthen the learning of students, I just haven't seen it play out fully yet.

  4. I always get a little reticent about introducing too much "personalization" in class rooms. That last comment by the head of the Zuckerberg and Chan initiative, while it rings right, really highlights my concern. He speaks about bringing things to the students in ways that best suits their strengths and weaknesses. But a really big aspect of education, to me, is introducing students to entire new topics and ideas. If we focus solely on what students are "naturally" inclined towards, we may misplace thousands of people away from the things they'd truly be great at due to their unique insights and perspectives– all because it didn't come as easy as another topic.
    That all being said, I do think there's a place for AI in the class room. I like how the McGraw-Hill president discussed using AI to tailor supplementary lessons in individual subjects so that they address student's expressed weaknesses. Until AI is as dynamic as a living, breathing teacher/peer, I think that's as far as I want to see them right now.
    Great video! Really thought-provoking.

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