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GoStudent on Gen Z: One in two young people would like to learn with AI in the next 5 years

Press Release - While the use of new technologies in education is being debated, GoStudent reveals in its latest study of more than 6,000 European students aged 14 to 16 that they rely on them to learn tomorrow.

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While the use of new technologies in education is being debated, GoStudent reveals in its latest study that students aged 14 to 16 today rely on them to learn tomorrow.

  • 57 % of young people would like to learn with AI in the next 5 years
  • 74 % say that the use of new technologies facilitates learning
  • 58 % of young people who have heard about the metaverse think that learning in a virtual world would be more effective

Press Release - As the recent explosion of content generators like ChatGPT creates controversy in the education community, GoStudent recently released the results of its Education of the Future study* to share the views on new technologies of over 6,000 students surveyed across Europe.

Artificial intelligence, metavers: students in France ready to adopt them!

Since the health crisis that changed learning habits by integrating new digital tools, students seem to have no desire to turn back the clock. On the contrary, they are now counting on technological advances such as AI or metavers to bring about a digital revolution at school.

The GoStudent study reveals that nearlyone in two 14-16 year olds in France (48 %) believe that education will have evolved significantly thanks to AI by 2050. One of the highest rates in Europe (44 % on average) and considerably above some countries like Italy where only 20 % think so. 

In the shorter term, more than half of 14- to 16-year-old students in France (57 %) say they would like their school to use more artificial intelligence in the next five years. This craze is particularly evident in the field of adaptive learning, which, thanks to AI, makes it possible to develop intelligent programs capable of proposing exercises according to the level of each child.

More interactivity and more personalized courses are what Gen Z seems to be looking for as they tell 74 % that technology would make learning easier.

And when asked what the education of the future will look like, young people again give it a major place: 

"We will learn with a tablet by voice command", Ethan reacts. 

"We will all be able to be in the same class, but the teacher will be able to make a special program for each student, adds Emma. 

" Unless they are tablet robots that teach us..."Gaspard wonders.

Because studying in a virtual classroom does not seem surreal to these young people who think at 40 % that the metaverse could one day completely replace the classroom.

Learning in the metaverse is more effective according to Gen Z

Aware of the potential and opportunities that these tools can offer, 75 % of students in France would like their school to integrate more new technologies into their education. Beyond the playful side, for those who have already heard about metavers, 6 out of 10 young people think that learning in a virtual world would be even more effective (58 %).

A craze for this new universe, which contrary to what parents might think, attracts young people for its educational dimension. The study reveals that 14 to 16 year olds in France see in this technology almost as much potential for learning as for playing video games. An adherence not totally shared by parents in France which is among the last in Europe to adopt metavers in education (64 % versus 78 % in Spain).

"Virtual reality experiences are becoming increasingly popular, and parents often worry that their teenager will become addicted to video games. Yet, students report being as interested in the metaverse for learning as they are for playing, and this is an opportunity we can't miss. Let's get our kids hooked on learning! "Alexander Nick, who is in charge of developing new digital learning experiences in the Future Labs at GoStudent. 

More interactive, more captivating or just more up to date?

For Laura Warnier, Director of Growth at GoStudent, this is an opportunity to restore a taste for learning, thanks to means that are more in line with this generation.  

"Our study reveals that a third of young people across Europe find it difficult to concentrate when studying because they find the curriculum boring. In France, this concerns 38 % of the students surveyed. By offering innovative learning solutions like we do at GoStudent, we are re-engaging these young people who are also preparing to live in a world increasingly tied to new technologies. "

A clear demand for more adoption of new technologies in schooling that contrasts with reality. Today, only 8 % of children surveyed use AI to learn in school and only 45 % of students in France would say their teachers are sufficiently trained and encourage them to learn with technology.

*The study was conducted in partnership with Opinium among a representative panel of 1,000 parents and 1,000 children aged 10 to 16 in France between October 28 and November 21, 2022.

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