In a classroom in Bengaluru, a small black device called Amazon Echo Dot speaker is being used to teach English to half a dozen young students. The device, equipped with voice recognition technology, is helping students improve their reading, listening, and speaking skills in English. Teacher Lingesh K, who is making use of this technology, has seen the confidence and ability of his students grow.
AI has become a valuable tool in education in India, helping bridge learning gaps that have widened during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many schools lack high-tech resources and are unable to afford additional tutoring support, making the use of AI tools important.
India’s Right to Education Act made education a fundamental right for children but the country still lags in education spending. To address this, AI tools are being customized to cater to specific learning environments and needs.
In an effort to help teachers, Microsoft Research developed an AI-enabled bot named Shiksha, which aims to help with creating lesson plans and activities, reducing the time teachers need to spend on these tasks. However, concerns have been raised about privacy as more student data is collected. Despite these fears, Learning Matters has successfully incorporated privacy protections for data collected by their AI system.