Tuesday, April 16, 2024 | Shawwal 6, 1445 H
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EDITOR IN CHIEF- ABDULLAH BIN SALIM AL SHUEILI

Making learning easier and exciting!

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At a time when screen time for children is a topic for debate, learning programmes are becoming more advanced in the form of AI (artificial intelligence) and machine learning.


Although not new, AI has been with us for decades, is fast maturing, and has come to a stage where it plays an important role in all our daily lives — the way we work, communicate, and learn. In education, AI is not merely a trend; it is a revolution that is poised to reshape the sector!


Unlike traditional classrooms that often struggle to accommodate students’ diverse learning pace and styles, AI-powered educational tools help students adapt to their real needs with tailored content and exercises.


Learning through AI-powered apps is a more fun way to study both inside and outside the classroom. This makes it easier for teachers to engage their students.


In a recent webinar on “Benefits of AI to Students,", most speakers opined that by immersing students in technology from a young age, we can give them a head start in the future workplace, where the use of artificial intelligence will inevitably become more commonplace.


“Now that AI is at the tip of every child’s fingers, we need to reconsider our curriculum and what skills and topics should be prioritized. Schools need to be proactive, they need to promote AI literacy, and they need to prepare students for the future", the webinar was told.


However, AI has slowly been making its way into the classroom, generally being used to reduce the workload for teachers and administration. This is evident from the introduction of ChatGPT in classrooms in many countries across the world.


Ask any parent, especially those who struggle to help their children with their homework or test preparations, and you will find them excited to explain to you how the AI has been supporting them. After all, parents all want to give the best to their children!


However, I do not deny the fact that many parents know little about AI, although the fact is that they probably have been using it without knowing it. Also, many parents may be naturally hesitant about the use of AI. Some schools, reports indicate, are considering banning it amid claims that AI would “lead to cheating and undermine academic integrity”.


Still, whether we like it or not, in the long run, AI technology is going to become a staple part of our lives, so rather than fight it, we need to move with it, use it to our advantage, and adapt to it accordingly. Educators, who stay put, relying only on old methods, will find themselves increasingly at a disadvantage.


According to a report, the global market for AI in education is expected to reach $6 billion by the year 2025. Additionally, the average growth between 2020 and 2025 will see an increase with a growth rate of 47 per cent.


“These stats depict that it is certain that AI will definitely penetrate deeper into the global education economy, thus bringing in more changes”, points out HolonIQ, a global edutech company.


Working in education in this era of rapid technological change is exciting, whether in terms of innovating, testing, implementing, or simply continuing student guidance. Every teacher and educator has a role to play in helping define what the learning of tomorrow will look like.


After all, in today's fast-paced, technology-driven world, teachers, students, and even parents can crave fun and exciting methods of learning to keep them engaged!


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