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Educators: 3 Ways to Prepare for Artificial Intelligence in Education

As an educator, you have already witnessed the effects of AI in the classroom; Siri blazing, our students can pose questions to their friendly virtual assistant and it will pluck curated answers from the trillions of pages on the internet. As an Advertising Professor at MIU (Miami International University of Art & Design), I have been closely watching this shift in our students approach to learning, and have found two articles that give us a tiny window into what’s coming.

Education will be personalized.

According to the 2016 report “Artificial Intelligence and Life in 2030” by Stanford University’s 100-Year Study on Artificial Intelligence, AI’s will use data to design teaching moments. Through the use of learning analytics, AI will be able to create learning strategies that adapt to the students needs. Intelligent Tutors (AI learning platforms) will be able to pinpoint where a student is stuck, and create lessons on the fly to help them master the material before allowing them to continue through course.


Not only will learning become more personal, but teaching will become more personal. Verge interviewed Bill Gates about AI and education, and he explained how the human factor will still play a major role in the classroom. AI’s will take over the “easy-to-automate” tasks, like developing homework assignments and grading, allowing teachers to focus on helping students understand the material one-on-one.

Artificial Intelligence is a “When” not an “If”

AI is still in the early stages, but it’s coming to our classrooms sooner than we think. As educators, we need to prepare ourselves for this new world. To be ready, do the following three things:

  • Adopt new tech – Don’t put it off. The more you integrate tech into your teaching the easier it will be to transition to AI enabled tools in the future.
  • Learn to coach – Learning will be available inexpensively, everywhere. The role of the teacher is moving from lecturer to coach – we’ll need to guide them and mentor them through their education.
  • Love your data – Learning analytics will play a large role of you assessment. Become familiar with these measurements and how to use them to make better decisions about a student’s education.

Artificial intelligence opens many opportunities for us as educators. Through the use of these learning agents we can be more strategic in our roles as teachers and deliver an education that is personal, effective and fun.



My name is Rene Alvarez; creative, educator and futurist. In addition to our ongoing experiment with education at MODO, I am also the digital strategist at Project Web It and project manager at Impact Politics. Connect with me on Twitter: @renealvarez