The use of artificial intelligence (AI) in education

Open Access Government | June 06, 2019

The rise of technology within the education sector over the last few decades has been astounding. This is certainly the case if we consider that teaching with technology has become pervasive in almost every classroom environment. Within today’s classroom, for example, we find ourselves surrounded by devices such as smart boards, AV, computers, laptops, tablets and phones, to name but a few technologies which are now being integrated into teaching.We have also seen the rise of the virtual learning environment and blended learning, alongside a significant rise in online education. This has allowed distance learning to take new forms and shapes and to reach greater audiences around the world. Educational technology is now a real part of education and something which, when used effectively, can make a significant impact on teaching and learning.While it may seem inconceivable to imagine technology not being used within our classrooms today, it is important to note that the road to integrating it was not without its problems. In fact, a number of the technologies which students consider to be core to their studies today were rejected at first by a large number of academics and teachers. They preferred to use more traditional teaching methods and did not want to try something new, different and with which they were not familiar.

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Europe needs education policies that seek to advance intercultural dialogue in a way which reflects the super-diversity of today’s Europe, support respect for diversity and difference, and enable the growth of young people’s identities. The DIALLS project seeks to respond to these needs by developing the concept and idea of cultural literacy and creating a Cultural Literacy Learning Programme for young people.

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Europe needs education policies that seek to advance intercultural dialogue in a way which reflects the super-diversity of today’s Europe, support respect for diversity and difference, and enable the growth of young people’s identities. The DIALLS project seeks to respond to these needs by developing the concept and idea of cultural literacy and creating a Cultural Literacy Learning Programme for young people.

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The Tandym Group | June 28, 2022

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One League | September 05, 2022

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Florida International University Partners with Data Science Training Provider Metis to Offer Bootcamp for High-in-Demand Tech Skills

metis | August 30, 2022

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