The education consultant Francois Guité presented, on the occasion of the recent virtual colloquium of the Lab-École, a conference entitled Pedagogy, places and technologies: the affordances of a smart school. Here is what we learned from it.
According to François Guité, the education community must take an interest in artificial intelligence (AI), an emerging technology that could disrupt the world of education. According to him, the potential uses of AI in education are varied, in particular for learning support, automatic feedback, detection of failure risks, analysis of learning difficulties, classroom management, etc. the organization of lessons and timetables, management of school transport, ethical and civic monitoring, etc.
AI could also be used to design school spaces and to control various ambient parameters, such as lighting, temperature and air quality, which can make a difference in students' predisposition to learning.
“Imagine if we were to use digital and AI to provide assisted and personalized tutoring with each student to promote academic success, the potential is enormous,” says Mr. Guité.
Far from him the idea of predicting the end of the teaching profession, on the contrary. “Artificial intelligence cannot replace human intelligence. As education becomes more and more complex, can we use it as a tool to increase possibilities? Data will be processed by the machine, but there is a human input that is necessary to make sense. "
For example, the teacher could automate some of his tasks, including proofreading, and thus free up time to devote himself to other activities with greater added value, such as personalized mentoring.
48 hours of thinking about the school of tomorrow
François Guité's conference was part of the program of the first conference “48 hours to think about the school of tomorrow”. About fifty representatives of the six school service centers (CSS) where the project schools will be built in Quebec were also present. Remember that last August, the architectural concepts for the elementary schools that will be launched in Gatineau, Maskinongé, Quebec, Saguenay, Shefford and Rimouski for the start of the 2022 school year. were unveiled.
To find out more, we invite you to read again our dossier on artificial intelligence in education.