How AI’s ‘Endless Well of Patience’ Can Augment What Teachers Do

edsurge | November 04, 2019

How AI’s ‘Endless Well of Patience’ Can Augment What Teachers Do
As the chief technology officer and assistant dean of the Stanford Graduate School of Education, Paul Kim spends more time than most pondering how artificial intelligence (AI) can impact education. He believes most educators don’t think about it enough, and those who do worry too much about it. “We’re at a very early stage of understanding what AI can possibly do for us, especially in the education teaching system,” he says. “I think the possibilities are huge.”One thing he doesn’t see as a possibility? AI making human teachers obsolete. One thing he doesn’t see as a possibility? AI making human teachers obsolete. “Some people say it will replace teachers, but I disagree,” he says. “I think AI will augment what educators do.” One edtech company that has embraced an AI-plus-human-teacher approach is Squirrel AI Learning, a Chinese company that has opened over 2000 after-school learning centers in more than 400 cities across China in the past three years. Squirrel—so named because, like the furry, nut-gathering rodent.

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