Could A Chatbot Be Your Next Teaching Assistant?

With the biggest names in tech boarding the ‘Bot’ bandwagon faster than you can say “Hey Siri“, chatbots are destined to play an exciting and versatile role in our digital futures. As part of a fascinating five-part video series on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, Richard Waters from the Financial Times delves into how these hi-tech ethereal characters will change our lives forever.

But what about in the classroom? How could ‘in-context’ artificial intelligence help students learn and teachers teach? It could be as simple as removing teacher overheads, like reducing your inbox and taking care of trivial communications. Or it could be as impactful and integrated as analysing huge sums of data to help curb curriculum and implement Just-in-Time Teaching.

Could we see classrooms outfitted with a friendly ‘Amazon Echo’ welcoming students to class? Or perhaps Facebook’s M helping our younger digital citizens avoid dangerous situations online?

We speak of the ‘sage on the stage‘ or the ‘guide on the side‘… How about the ‘Bot in the background‘ or the ‘AI in the AMO‘?

We speak of the ‘guide on the side’… How about the ‘Bot in the background’?

How could you see chatbots impacting learning? Let us know your ideas in the comments below. And if you want to find out more on where the tech is heading, check out the Financial Times – Artificial Intelligence and Robotics site.


Feature image courtesy of Flickr, izik.

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