if you build it, they may come — artificially intelligent teachers? … a world of students await their teachers

Peruvian students at the Cuna Jardin Armatambo

Peruvian students

$1 million grant brings artificial intelligence to schools

Machines like us — Science News

“Imagine a writing teacher being able to assign 24 essays a year to each student in her class — and not having to worry about grading a single one. That’s the promise of a new computer-based writing program that will be rolled out at six elementary schools and three middle schools in the Capistrano Unified School District early next year, funded by a $971,614 federal grant to improve technology and electronic learning resources.

“‘Students will create and submit a piece of writing to an artificial intelligence software program, and immediately the system sends back a score and suggestions for improvement,’ said Susan Holliday, educational technology director for Capistrano Unified. ‘We’re really focusing on students learning and not just on the technology.'”

Image credit Wagner College: Expanding Your Horizons

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Newcomb’s commentary: “It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it.” Jacob Bronowski



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