News  |  ,   |  August 10, 2019

How to use AI ethically in the classroom

News article by Charley Rogers. Published in Education Technology.

Excerpt:

Nick Walter, head of commercial and education at Acer UK, discusses the concerns around use of AI in schools, and how educators can make sure it’s ethical.

here are endless discussions around AI and the importance it holds for the betterment of our society. These conversations have also seeped into the world of academia. However, with the technological advancements that have taken place, rises a set of concerns for the sector of education today.

AI, when adopted in schools, could lead to the following worries:

Distractions

Over recent years we have witnessed an increase in the number of distracted students as they find it difficult to differentiate learning time from their leisure activities conducted on the same device. Many teachers believe that smartphones and tablets, with internet connectivity and text messaging services, are merely a source of distraction for students as opposed to a learning tool. It can, therefore, be challenging for a teacher to monitor their students so closely in class as to determine whether they are utilising educational apps on their tablets or browsing Facebook.

Disturbances in social and learning dynamics

Often with technology, the reliability of them not breaking down is subject to deliberation. If such a scenario occurs, it can disrupt a child’s learning but also disturb the environment of the classroom where others in the group cannot progress further. Also, due to technology being introduced in schools, the way children socialise with each other and their teachers is no longer the same. Children are more inclined to be with their devices than making friendships. Moreover, the reliance on technology to resolve their academic problems has meant children are not intellectually putting the time and effort into learning as they once used to.

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