The dominant narrative of AI pits man against machine. But it’s time for the edtech community to dispense with this false dichotomy and instead embrace the alternative version of AI: Augmented Intelligence.
The premise of Augmented Intelligence is that technology exists to amplify human effort. This subtle shift in emphasis starts with an understanding of our human goals. Only then does technology enter the mix, occupying the tedious aspects of white-collar work and freeing up humans to work in smarter ways. For example, in the new field of Cognitive Healthcare, IBM’s Watson aids doctors by processing gigantic troves of information on their behalf. Doctors can then combine these insights with their own judgment to deliver richer diagnoses.
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Developing critical listening and speaking skills is an essential element of a student's higher-education experience. However, verbally presenting one's ideas and listening to contributions made by student peers are not typical experiences for online students, as most activities in online classes consist of reading and writing. As online course offerings increase, institutions have an obligation to ensure faculty are empowered to teach with tools that enable students to learn out loud. These tools and the content created with them must be accessible to all learners, including those who are hard of hearing and have vision impairments.
“We don’t group students by the Septembers they were born between, we group them by the level of their ability,” says Gary Spracklen. Spracklen is headteacher of one of four schools that make up the Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy (IPACA), located off the coast of Dorset. The academy opened in 2012, and offers all-through schooling to its local community. Children start in nursery aged 2 and remain until 19, making IPACA function almost like a multi-academy trust but as a single entity.
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Sheila Webber (Information School, University of Sheffield) narrates a 23 minute video about abstracts. She covers what an abstract is and why it is useful; the difference between the major types of abstract; and the process of abstracting. This was recorded for the Inf6350 and Inf6320 modules at the University of Sheffield, but there are only a couple of passing references to those classes, and other may find this useful. Watch the video at:
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"As educators we are always looking for better ways to connect with our students especially when providing feedback on their work. In this video and post we explore four fantastic tools to provide feedback that is more detailed, engaging, and personal. Tools include Google Doc text comments, voice comments with Read&Write for Google, video feedback with Screencastify, and natural handwriting feedback with the Google Classroom mobile app."
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