[Jamaica Gleaner] The Importance Of Machine Learning in Schools

Machine learning is a subcategory of artificial intelligence where one builds models, programmes and applications, which become more accurate over time at predicting outcomes without explicitly being scripted or programmed to do so.

With machine learning, one creates or defines algorithms that can receive input data and use a ­combination of statistical analysis techniques to predict an output. Once created, the model grows and can predict additional outputs as new input data become available. Good models learn from feedback given based on their predictions and adapt to improve.

Machine learning is a new phenomenon in Jamaica and the Caribbean.

In education, technology is constantly finding new ways to improve how teachers showcase new ideas in front of their students. Machine Learning has ­tremendous potential, and using its power correctly, can bring some amazing benefits. The main ­challenge is actively integrating it within the educational process, and to date, this hasn’t been done in Jamaica or the Caribbean. So you have to wonder, how can machine learning improve the life of a student, teacher, or school administration?

Predicting Student Performance

One of the major advantages of machine learning is that it allows you to predict student performance naturally. It allows a teacher to identify weaknesses and provide some suggestions on how to improve. This leads to a more personalised and efficient learning solution that students will appreciate and enjoy.

Creating Custom Lessons

Thanks to machine learning, teachers can easily identify what type of activities and knowledge seem to be preferred by the entire class. That makes it easier to target those activities and improve on them all the time. This way, teachers can bring in some additional assistance and learning tools that will help achieve those goals naturally.

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