Guest Post by David Lockett
The concept of AI is more intuitive for today’s students than for previous generations, as students have grown up relying on AI in an age where the Internet is ubiquitous. Students are using web-connected devices like smartphones and Chromebooks regularly, therefore they already have the fundamental knowledge and experience to help them understand AI. Not only do they use these devices, but they also report liking them and wanting more of them in the classroom. Thus, if shown how physical devices can be interconnected into a network — and the associated benefits — it is likely that students would become enthusiastic about AI.
AI refers to a connected group of physical devices that can exchange data and thus interact with the physical world in an enhanced way. AI has vastly improved efficiency and convenience for its users, connecting our lives and our devices in an unprecedented way. These networks would not be possible without high-quality STEM education and talented individuals who have observed our technological needs and developed these complex systems.
Pointing out the AI that students enjoy in their daily lives is a great way to introduce this technology and to get them interested in pursuing relevant careers. In the classroom, AI helps prevent grading errors, lost homework, and increases efficiency. It may even help with classroom security. Between the various devices, apps, and robots that rely on AI, the possibilities are endless for gaining the attention of those students who are not impressed by the benefits of AI.
Introducing students to AI is critical for ensuring that our students continue to stay at the forefront of STEM developments. By creating an AI-driven classroom, with devices such as AIBO, Jetbot Nano, Husky lens and voice-controlled speakers connected through Alexa, teachers can show students how AI can enhance learning and improve the day-to-day experience of technology while cutting down costs and enhancing classroom safety. By connecting with students based on their specific interests and hobbies, educators can better motivate these students to pursue the study of STEM and AI.