Artificial intelligence is a term that can be heard in just about every walk of life right now. Whether that might be machines working on factory production lines, self-driving cars or Spotify suggesting music you’ve never heard of, the applications of AI and machine learning are endless.
With that in mind, it should come as no surprise to see tomorrow’s technology breakthrough filtering its way into the classrooms of today with the arrival of the artificial intelligence platform for schools, CENTURY.
As a new partner product that we’ve recently added to our range of solutions, CENTURY helps schools take the concept of personalised learning to the next level, delivering highly tailored programmes of study to learners of all ages, regardless of ability or achievement.
Making one-to-one a mass possibility
Even in classrooms with the lowest ratios of pupils to teachers, lessons or subjects have to accommodate a wide range of needs and learning styles. While teaching in the classroom will always need a degree of group suitability, being able to assess pupils’ understanding of subjects on an individual basis and provide them with content or assignments that suit their individual requirements and preferences is undoubtedly an exciting prospect.
By learning from every interaction that a student takes, CENTURY is able to do exactly that – provide stretching challenges to students in the assignments it delivers, then work out where skills gaps exist and where opportunities to increase knowledge can be achieved.
And by carrying out this process of challenging, monitoring and assessing, CENTURY is then able to provide every student an individual pathway with relevant content from across all key stages.
Test, monitor, learn, repeat
Pupils aren’t the only ones in schools who are constantly learning – while there is a clearly defined curriculum in place with subjects and assessments to meet, there are always new approaches and different methods to test and learn from.
Access to more data about pupil performance and insights into individual learning styles helps inform schools as to what works and what doesn’t, fostering an environment of regular evaluation, re-assessment and exploring new ways of working.
Extra insight for teachers
From the teacher’s perspective, CENTURY helps provide invaluable insight to support smart decisions over pupils’ development programmes. While the platform recommends topics – known by the system as nuggets – designed to stretch the pupil just enough, teachers can step in and add their own control on the journey.
For example, if the class are due to be studying a particular subject, their teacher has the ability to set tasks or provide content to be taken in ahead of time, so that pupils arrive with prior knowledge of the subject, ready for their lesson.
This also means that teachers can look into their pupils’ use of the platform and make observations accordingly – while some students may be fine picking up the odd piece of content, some may need to dedicate a little more time to the platform to help develop their areas in need of attention.
By using CENTURY in this way, teachers can gain a clear picture of how their pupils are handling their subjects – and how best to keep them on track.
There’s also functionality for tracking the development of individual pupils or comparing across a class, monitoring their progress over a period of time to make sure that everything is understood and being retained.
Tackling teacher workload
In addition to providing a rich, individualised learning pathway for pupils, CENTURY offers significant benefits for teachers too. By presenting the kind of invaluable insight to help make informed decisions about students, teachers have the potential to greatly reduce the amount of time needed scope out their plans for pupils.
Making full use of machine learning to recognise patterns in behaviour, learning preferences and development needs, teachers can use CENTURY to support their own assessments, providing an element of automated expertise, while at the same time offering a degree of automated marking and building large datasets at the click of a button.
Learning more about your learners
Above all else, CENTURY helps schools and teachers do what they do best: teach. By helping to provide in-depth insights into the habits, requirements and achievements of students, the platform supports schools in their efforts to understand their pupils better and provide them with a bespoke pathway to achieving their potential.
As a result of providing detailed insights into students’ learning, there’s an opportunity for teachers to reduce their time spent marking, entering data and wading through reports, allowing them instead to create maximum impact with informed decisions about their pupils.