Education has always been one of the constants throughout known history, in one form or another. But the methodologies have always kept on developing as the mankind progressed. Today, where every other kind of interaction – be it social life or corporate life – is being reshaped by technology, so is education.
That’s right. Immersive technologies have an edge when it comes to creative, explorative and experimental learning. Digital technologies make it possible to bring the world into the classroom for students to explore. Click To Tweet Virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality, have transformed education into an “active experience” compared to that of passive learning in the past. Diving down deep into the molecular structures or the workings of a human body or the depths of the oceans, this is all possible through immersive technologies. In Pakistan, VRXOne is bringing these disruptive technologies to school. VRXOne is the first and only provider of a broad range of virtual lessons and programs in VR, AR and Artificial Intelligence.
World over, Virtual Reality has already made its mark in the education industry. Whereas Augmented reality apps are frequently used by students in learning. Moving forward, Mixed reality is the next logical step where both digital models of VR and AR combine into one interactive space. Ai tutors help students navigate these worlds, learn more deeply and understand better. The same AI tutors also gauge students’ performance and individual progress. But to draw a distinction between these technologies, let’s see how each technology differs:
Virtual reality (VR) is an immersive digital environment completely different and disconnected from the real world.
Augmented Reality (AR) places digital content over the real-world view.
Mixed Reality (MR) combines both virtual content and real world in a way that they can interact with each other. Inside an MR environment, also called altered reality, the user is simultaneously engaged with the digital environment without losing contact with the actual world.
Essentially, mixed reality combines the best of both digital and real worlds by simulating the otherwise inaccessible information for exploration.
Artificial Intelligence (Ai) helps to remove human intervention from mundane tasks such as grading. This allows teachers to spend their time where it is most needed i.e. classroom interaction and discussion. Additionally, Ai provides continuous assistance and feedback for students through virtual lessons or tutorials.
VRXOne is the leading expert organization in the region combining MR and Ai to highlight both challenges and opportunities in classrooms. The lessons proposed address and provide solution for issues like customized learning, teachers preparation, adaptive group formations, grading softwares, etc. VRXOne has already trained over 8000 students in VR, MR and Ai applications across Middle East. And now bringing this technology to Pakistani schools offering the benefits of “deeper learning” through their curriculum aligned programs. In Dubai, teachers are already rooting for implementing Ai in the classroom.
Benefits Associated with Ai enabled Learning Environments
There are more benefits associated to immersive education technologies in the classroom than we generally understand. A virtual environment does not merely provide activity, it also provides access to things or locations that are physically inaccessible in real-life such as a peek inside the human body, a dive through the Grand Coral Reef, a cruise through galaxies, a walk on the Moon or the Red Planet. All of this is accessible and open for exploration to students on their virtual tours.
The use of MR and Ai in the classroom has led to dramatic improvements for students including:
97% rise in student engagement
97% increased excitement for science lessons
86% improvement in test scores
And as much as, 98% better understanding of difficult concepts
Technology is developing at an incredible speed today. Intelligent computer systems are completely reclaiming the jobs that previously required human intelligence. This transformation is completely reshaping the careers with potentially 47% of jobs disappearing in the next 25 years, as per Oxford University.
This is a scenario that cannot be taken lightly and one that demands complete overhaul of education systems today. We need to prepare a generation that is prepared for the challenges of tomorrow equipped with latest skills for completely new careers.
Education in a Digital Age is different. And, everyone is convinced. The new dawn of disruptive education is brimming with opportunities that pleasantly interest students. Artificial Intelligence is one such technology gaining a lot of traction alike, from supporters and critics.
A general myth girdling the technology is that Artificial Intelligence in education will replace the teacher. The contradictory truth is – it will not.
It is rather, without question, a hot sector of our economy.
Devoted Teachers and Innovative Machines Make Smart Citizens
Artificial Intelligence can never replace the power of human interaction, personalized teaching, and empathetic understanding and mindful mentoring of a teacher. But it can do what it does the best – carry out tasks smartly.
Ai can accomplish tasks of grading assignments and exam-sheets, customizing curriculum for students, and automating admin tasks. While these may mark the fundamental improvements brought with Ai, the technology further upgrades to do remarkable jobs.
When yielded to its absolute genius, Artificial Intelligence can identify the areas of special need in a particular lesson. This is possible by recognizing a topic in a lesson where students mostly make mistakes. The teacher can then augment learning by giving special focus, thereby building a strong conceptional foundation.
Furthermore, the technology can be harnessed to give results based on student understanding and learning history. Google displays results basis the user behavior, Siri, Alexa and Cortana give personalized experience with user needs and commands, and Amazon suggests products by seeing purchase history. Such intelligent interactions by Ai-driven machines will revolutionize education space as well.
Students who have social anxiety or have cognitive predicaments or disorders to learning can feel more comfortable with an Ai tutor. With the confidence to excel and unhesitatingly explore, they can bid adieu to unnerving experiences. Learning must not be daunting, a student must be curious, free, and eager to explore. This can only happen when they truly involve themselves in education and love their environment.
Artificial Intelligence in classroom also means an avenue for students to indulge in self-guided learning. It also means that teaching will not limit itself to the periphery of the classroom.
VRXOne 2nd Generation is Bringing Ai to Classrooms
Students in the Middle East are benefitting from a revolutionary educational experience. They can visit any landscape of the world, or in the space and in deep blue waters – all with the help of a single device that transforms their classroom experience.
Using the VRXOne kits, around 1 million students in the Middle East have embarked on their exploratory journey of learning.
The second generation VRXOne kit is additionally powered with Artificial Intelligence to strongly augment their lessons. With an Ai-backed device, the students experience overwhelming, increasingly interactive, and highly engaging lessons including Google Expeditions, MEL Science and more. With a DIY vision and voice kit, the kit empowers student autonomy and they can guide themselves to learning.
Munfarid VRXOne kits take a big leap in experiential learning, turning the attention towards the Middle East EdTech Space.
UAE’s Appointment of Minister of Artificial Intelligence
The region raised the paradigm for innovation research and implementation when the UAE appointed Omar bin Sultan Al Olama as the Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence. It sent across a strong message that the Middle East is a strong proponent of technological development.
According to Al Olama,
“With the internet, we’ve seen a generation that has so much knowledge,” he said. “I don’t think the future will have tests, exams, or strict memorization. AI will help us actually make a more collaborative and personal learning process.”
Making his stance clear on whether Artificial Intelligence would be a boon or a bane, he said,
“AI is not negative or positive. As with every technology on Earth, it really depends on how we use it and how we implement it,”
“It will help us be able to identify what each person is good at, and then allow us to determine how to make sure that everyone has the information delivery method that they need in order to excel”, he concluded.
The true vision of a productive classroom can be achieved by leveraging the positive traits of machines and teachers. The conversational nature of Ai and its supportive assistance to a teacher will soon make it ubiquitous.
2018 will be an important maturation period for the digital tools in the classroom. The educational experience of the future seems promising.
As the world prepares to celebrate Teacher’s Day on the fifth of October, UAE starts its tribute to teachers today at Sheraton Hotel, Sharjah. In honor of their services to the nation, the ‘Future of Education’ event has been held today, under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Federal Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.
A learning enthusiast all his life, the presence of His Highness at the event was indeed inspiring for the educators. The formation of international Supervisory Educational Authority is the evidence of his vision for teaching profession in the UAE. Whereby the authority will supervise and improve all aspects of the educational process in private schools in the Emirates. “This body is working under my personal guidance to improve education, and will take care of everything going on in the classroom of the teacher evaluation and methods of teaching”, Dr. Sultan Al Qasimi said in an interview.
The Future of Education event today was an acknowledgement of the valuable contributions and dedication of the Arab teachers to the nation. Additionally, it also highlighted the role of innovative technologies in the classroom. How the classroom learning and interaction are being affected by the technology. How can teachers help to incorporate technology in the school curriculum for better academic outcomes. The participants were also enlightened about how the future classrooms will be impacted by immersive technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality.
The government is most focused on transforming the landscape of the entire economic development based on modern education techniques. This is a mission that can only be accomplished through dedicated efforts of the teachers. In line with the same vision, the Teachers Association UAE has done tremendous work to improve classroom education. As a hub for teachers’ development, the association is a platform for education professionals to connect and improve teaching practices. Present at the event was also MunfaridVRXOne, one of the mentor organizations to empower local Emirati teachers through methods in deep learning. VRXOne has pioneered the transformation through innovation in immersive, experiential learning using AR, VR and Ai programs.
Artificial Intelligence is taking hands-on learning to next level both within the classroom and without. As Ai uses students’ performance data to improve classroom instruction and education, it also makes the curriculum much more versatile. The versatility means that the curriculum can be customized to a student’s learning tendencies. This way, Ai helps develop an impactful student-teacher relationship through personalized education strategies.
Automation of processes, for instance grading, frees up time for teachers to invest helping students to develop important life skills. The lessons in robotics and machine learning, such as Google Ai programs, help teachers in getting students to understand concepts better. Moreover these programs push students towards developing innovative thinking and entrepreneurial aptitude. Ai technology in classroom ensures that all the students have access to high-quality education.
This is something that educators today are fast realizing and see as a challenge that must be addressed. Sreejit Chakrabarty, the robotics manager at Gems Dubai American Academy sees huge potential for Ai as a core subject, saying, “Naturally, this Ai literacy brings in and helps students to extend their knowledge of English, Maths and Coding. For example, by seeing how their programming strategies are reflected in the learning and behavior of a machine, they can better grasp abstract concepts such as cause and effect. They can also get immediate feedback from the machine and iterate their ideas based upon this. These are powerful opportunities for learning in a cross-disciplinary way.”
The head of curriculum at the Kindergarten Starters, Gauri Meghani goes a step further in her approach to adopt Ai in classrooms. She would like Ai integrated with all other subjects simultaneously. In her view, a blended approach towards student-machine interaction is way more beneficial for children. She explained, “Our grades 3, 4 and 5 have learnt to Program LEGO Education Wedo 1.0 and 2.0. They have used all the sensors, motion and display blocks to make their robots do different tasks, like sailing a boat, for example. These activities have instilled a deeper understanding of math and science concepts and evidence-based reasoning.”
The use of technology makes schools much more efficient and innovative learning environments. Students today have the opportunity to actually explore and get involved with the educational experience. And this is only possible when teachers are empowered through technology to enhance their pedagogical performance and communication.
“By 2022, half of the human workforce will be wiped out” “Robotics and machinery will take over” “Automation will take up your jobs”
These are some of the common phrases people say and circulated, usually on LinkedIn walls and in Op-Ed articles. What is the credibility of these statements, and to what extent will automation REALLY impact human labour?
The World Economic Forum published a report on 17 September 2018, titled The Future of Jobs 2018.
As per the report, by 2022 humans will perform 58% of the task hours while machines perform 42%.
So is it a scary warning of the upcoming doomsday for job-seekers?
Yes, Ai Will Destroy Jobs
It will. But the good news is, it will create more jobs than that.
As per the Gartner’s insightful predictions for the future, Ai will be the driving force behind the creation of a whopping 2.3M jobs while only eliminating 1.8M jobs.
That makes it a positive net job motivator!
Even the latest report on the future of jobs by WEF discloses the revelation by 59% of employers who believe that by 2022, they will heavily change the way they produce and distribute by changing the composition of their value chain.
Another insight from the same report reveals that businesses will grow by leaps and bounds within the four-year period of 2018 to 2022. The report accredits this development to the following four components:
High-speed mobile internet
Widespread adoption of big data
Hence, it becomes evident that Ai will transform the business and consumer realms. This will replace some jobs but will also lead to a demand for new skills and individuals flaunting these skills.
This is because Artificial Intelligence though being a smart technology still requires inputs and efforts of a human to make it a widespread reality. The abundant need of developers, product designers, Ai-strategists will only create a positive tremor in the job market. The inexpensive technology will be incorporated in products (courtesy Internet of Things) before they are created.
One could either work on themselves to uphold the title of a ‘versatilist’. Or, they could specialise and upgrade their skills. The sooner an individual realises the scope and purview of Ai-compatible skills, the better it is.
Ai-Compatible Smart Skills
It makes complete sense for an individual to chalk their future by leaning towards a career influenced by emerging technologies.
AI and data science courses are preliminary before taking a dive in the field. They are a great method to be aware of the magnificent scope of the industry.
With concerted efforts from multi-national companies like Google, Apple, Microsoft and organizations like NIPS, Re-Work, O’Reilly, Gartner, one can keep in touch with the latest developments through seminars and conferences which are mostly live-streamed.
Keeping up with the trends is otherwise also feasible through very accessible means of internet. But beware, do not get carried away by diluted statements like the ones you read at the start of this article.
The first movers to an Ai-based industry are Financial Services and Investors, Automotive, Aerospace and Supply Chain and Transport, and Oil and Gas. Other sectors are Aviation, Travel & Tourism, Chemistry, Advanced Materials & Biotechnology, Consumer market, Energy Utilities & Technologies, Global Health & Healthcare, Information & Communication Technologies, Infrastructure, Mining & Metals, and Professional Services. Such knowledge of Ai-oriented jobs in the market will make it helpful for an aspirant to make a career choice.
If you truly see yourself rooting for a career with passion and everyday developments, it is not difficult to find companies around who are also looking for avid learners like you. Unleash the positive change through Ai. Discerning true AI companies and going on-board with them is all it takes to create a fulfilling career marked by new learning every day.
AI can be intimidating. But it is only will you take a plunge and invest your mind in it. Training with Ai requires serious effort but then, which profession doesn’t?
It is yet again the season when teachers prep up to do great things for a new academic year. It is the time again to get acquainted with and understand the diverse natures of new students they will spend the whole year grooming. This year, the Gems Schools have decided to up their level of productive learning usingArtificial Intelligence andVirtual Reality. They are teaming up with VRXOne, a comprehensive learning program for education and training.
After a relaxing summer (and a well-deserving holiday), students and teachers are gearing up for the ‘Back to School’ season.
Brimming with hope and possibility, ‘back to school’ is a chance, for every student to start afresh and endeavour on a new journey. A journey to achieve milestones, and achieve more than the previous year. It is the beginning of a journey for the teacher as well. But instead, they have to walk the path with numerous students.
The responsibility of a teacher at this time is so crucial that their strategies can revolutionarily change the outlook of a student towards education, their environment, and sometimes even their life.
Many schools who realize the importance of setting the foundation, introduce new methodologies to make transition to new class smoother. They ensure with a change in student environment, the students feel welcome and find the new curriculum easy to understand.
Initiatives for ‘Back-to-School’
Looking closer to home in the Middle East, Gems Education Schools is a chain of International Private Schools found in 1959, that is igniting the pioneering spirit of vibrant, stimulating learning in students since 55 years. At present, the total number of schools is more than 50. Thousands of educators from around world deploy best learning practices to ensure every child gets good tutoring and uplifting values. The collaboration fills a challenge which is common to many schools – personalized and engaging learning.
With hands-on practical tools to tremendously boost the student engagement levels and enhance their knowledge retention, VRXOne offers cutting-edge customizable solutions in classrooms. The program gives the students complete autonomy to choose their lessons and customize as per interests. At the same time, it empowers the teacher by giving them full control over what each student learns, decided as per their learning objectives and areas of improvement.
BringingAugmented Reality, Virtual Reality andArtificial Intelligence to the mainstream in education, VRXOne is the Expeditions Google Partner in the Middle East. The programme uses near-realistic 3D environment and motion captured based physical interactivity to facilitate unparalleled curriculum delivery.
The ‘Go-to-School’ program by VRXOne is a great hit. Through it, they have single-handedly brought a renaissance in the learning ecosystem in the Middle East.The program has created awareness about EdTech and immersive technologies like VR, AR, and Ai by delivering 1 million expeditions in the region.This association between the two luminaries of their respective fields is rewarding for the education sector. This goes to the fact that both Gems Schools and VRXOne are known for their path-breaking approach towards education.
What is Immersive Technologies
As per aGallup report, most teens between the age group of 13 to 17 associate going to school with adjectives like ‘bored’ and ‘tired’. When such is the scenario, educators tend to look towards classroom techniques where learning happens effortlessly. Learning must happen.
Along with pedagogical techniques, classroom technologies like the ones brought by VRXOne compriseVirtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence. Thesemixed reality and Ai-themed lessons hold the students’ attention and produce an awe-inducing and exciting course curriculum. Also, this builds their fascination for technology, a creator of umpteen jobs today, and even more in the near future.
Addressing the challenge of making students feel more ‘belonged’ and ‘engaged’ in schools than ‘tired’ and ‘bored’, the VRXOne 2nd generation kits enhance immersion and bring fun and exciting, yet challenging and thorough lessons. These lessons will be fromGoogle Expeditions along with special intuitive science sessions by Mel Science.
The Bottom Line
The word ‘school’ can draw different emotions to different students. However, when schools like Gems Education Schools take commendable steps to engage students, it keeps them hopeful. This collaboration is fundamental to the changing skies in the Middle East Economy. It is a contribution to making the future generation more empowered. It also sets an unprecedented model to follow for the rest of the schools. Using VRXOne, they can resolve the predicaments of classroom boundaries and surprise the learners.
Technologies likeMixed Reality andArtificial Intelligence are here to stay. By harnessing their power, Gems school have registered themselves in the list of truly futuristic schools dedicated to student development.
World’s first country to establish the “Ministry of Artificial Intelligence”, UAE is all geared up for Ai-assisted healthcare transformation. An estimated 62% of the people in UAE already welcome the implementation of Ai and robotics in personalized healthcare services. Healthcare is deemed to be the most influenced field by the use of Artificial Intelligence. This disruptive technology has already touched major milestones in multiple levels of healthcare services:
• Investment in Ai accelerates the achievement of innovative healthcare breakthroughs. Ai also results in huge economic outcomes and growth opportunities for the youth and young entrepreneurs
• The power of Ai to assess vast amounts of data faster, more efficiently and accurately saves valuable time. The use of Ai in analytics frees up other resources in radiology, cardiology and pathology diagnosis
• The expedited ability of Ai to determine and predict human behavioral patterns more precisely makes it ideal as preventive technology
• Ai as assistive technology makes it possible to achieve patient data on-the-go. Ai can provide personalized healthcare through wearable devices without the involvement of human attendants
• Human attendants can be replaced by Ai monitoring equipment in critical care units
• Precision medication is possible with using Ai not only preventing over-dosage errors but also introducing the possibility of custom medication
• Ai-assisted robotic surgery brings ground-breaking improvements in surgical procedures. Ai ensure increasing service efficiency and diminishing chances of miscalculation and complications
AI INNOVATION AND EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH
As per CB Insights, healthcare is actually the most popular area for investment within Ai. A record rate of companies are entering the field of AI healthcare every year. In the Middle East alone, the investment in Artificial Intelligence represents a magnanimous opportunity of up to $320 billion. A new report says that Artificial intelligence is set to give the UAE economy a $182 billion boost by 2035.
More fiscal allocation into Ai education and innovative start-ups means more employment opportunities and greater scope for the youth. A 2016 report from CB Insights actually shows that by 2020, 86% of healthcare provider organizations, life science companies, and technology vendors to healthcare will spend an average of $54 million dollars on Ai Projects.
His Excellency Omar Sultan Al Olama, the UAE Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, shared his point of view at the launch of the UAE’s first-ever AI Summer Camp this year, “Artificial intelligence (Ai) is going to save the UAE billions of dirhams – and could help save lives – when it becomes fully integrated by the government.” The future of Healthcare looks particularly Ai driven however you look at it. Google certainly sees it that way having been turning its focus to healthcare. Google plans to use Ai for the purpose of detection, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases including diabetes, Parkinson’s Disease, and heart disease, among others.
Ai AS PREVENTIVE TECHNOLOGY – DIAGNOSTICS AND ANALYTICS
As far as diagnostics and analytics are concerned, Ai is significantly useful in the fields of radiology, cardiology, and pathology. Having the power to assess mountains worth of data at an incredible speed, there is no human comparison for Ai. In fact, the prowess of Ai in predicting disease patterns makes it the future of preventive technology. In cases where even the smallest nuance can help identify the direction of a disease, AI definitely transcends the human eye. Such as in medical imaging where it is important to drill down to the pixel level to study disease patterns.
As Jeffrey Golden, MD, Chair of the Department of Pathology at BWH and a professor of pathology at HMS, puts it, “Ai can screen through slides and direct us to the right thing to look at so we can assess what’s important and what’s not. That increases the efficiency of the use of the pathologist and increases the value of the time they spend for each case.”
ASSISTIVE AI AND VIRTUAL CLINICIANS
Another area of great interest for Artificial Intelligence is its application in clinical decision support. Ai devices can be used to regulate patient symptoms, medication, and medical advice. With smartphones having the ability to track even the heartbeats or footsteps of the user, a large amount of healthcare data is being generated all the time. Ai can use this data to extract valuable insights into patient information. These insights can further guide the patients in staying ahead of, for instance, the symptoms of a genetic disease. In the same way, Ai can also help the physicians in delivering better healthcare services.
Dr. Mariam Matar, Founder & Chairperson of UAE Genetic Diseases Association, is very hopeful about using Ai for reducing the effect and prevalence of genetic disorders, “Inherited genetic mutation does not largely decide our destiny anymore. Advances in genetics has transformed preventive medicine for the better. Technology such as next-generation sequencing has uncovered the genes responsible for more than 50 per cent of all rare diseases.”
Immunotherapy is perhaps the most promising avenues for using Ai to study the growth and behavior of cancerous tumors. AI can further help develop a system using body’s own immune system against the malignant tumors. This is vastly possible through the use of machine learning algorithms. These algorithms use insights based on individual’s unique genetic makeup and data-sets to qualify for a suitable therapy option.
PRECISION MEDICINE AND Ai ASSISTED SURGERY
According to a study, dosing errors make up 37% of all preventable medical errors. Approximately, 100 undetected dispensing errors can occur each day as a result of the significant volume of medications dispensed. Leveraging AI to determine and administer correct dosage of medication can benefit both patients and doctors. This is especially true for events where the correct dose is critical to ensuring success in a surgery such as in organ transplant.
Done the right way, the implementation of Artificial Intelligence in healthcare could literally translate into massively improving healthcare industry practices. Dr. Mazin A. Gadir, Senior Specialist at The Executive Office for Organizational Transformation, currently responsible for Dubai Health Authority’s Artificial Intelligence Program, says that in the UAE all healthcare facilities are working alongside the authorities towards putting together plans and finding partners for AI integration while “the challenge is on how to operationalise AI into healthcare.”
Artificial Intelligence based healthcare system offers major breakthroughs towards dramatically improving clinical productivity. The future, as we see it, will reveal a huge transformation in healthcare landscape within the next decade.