Digitalization is taking influence more and more quickly in every area of life. It also does not stop at how our children will learn in the future.
The influence of artificial intelligence (AI) on learning for children can manifest in many different ways. On one hand, AI can contribute to making learning for children more interactive and playful by providing, for example, adaptive learning programs tailored to the individual needs and abilities of each child. On the other hand, it may lead to children having less social interaction and less opportunity to develop their creative and critical thinking skills as they increasingly rely on digital learning resources. It is important to ensure that children understand both the benefits and potential risks of AI in the learning process and that they are able to effectively use both digital and analog learning methods.

Children can be supported in learning with AI

For example through:

  • Use of adaptive learning programs tailored to the individual needs and abilities of each child
  • Utilization of virtual and augmented reality technologies to make learning content more interactive and visual
  • Support for self-motivation through the use of AI-based learning and feedback systems
  • Assistance in developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills through the use of AI-based learning games and tasks
  • Promotion in the development of of language and writing skills through the use of AI-based language and writing programs
  • Support for identifying learning styles and strategies through the use of AI-based analysis tools

“Using AI, understanding problems can be identified early on and children or students can be provided targeted support. This improves teaching and learning success.”


The intelligent school textbook

We wonder: How can AI help children analyze a math problem that was miscalculated, such as the calculation process and where the mistake occurred?

A simple example
A student calculates the task, 2 x (5 + 3). He calculates the result incorrectly. An intelligent textbook equipped with AI can help the student analyze the calculation process and identify mistakes. For example, it can highlight steps 2 x 5 and 2 x 3 and show that the student did not correctly add these steps, which led to a wrong result. It can also give the student helpful tips and guidance to avoid mistakes in the future.

An essential advantage of using AI in learning, as shown by the example of our simple math problem, is time savings or time gain. Teachers can better attend to students when AI helps students with simple tasks.


How could AI technology like ChatGPT help instill sustainability values during the early years of child education?

AI technology like ChatGPT could potentially help instill sustainability values during the early years of child education in a number of ways. Some possible examples include:

  • Developing interactive educational games and activities that teach children about sustainable practices and the importance of protecting the environment
  • Providing personalized feedback and recommendations to children based on their progress and understanding of sustainability concepts
  • Generating age-appropriate content and discussions on current environmental issues to promote critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Generating personalized suggestions for activities and projects that children can do at home or in their community to promote sustainability
  • Assessing and measuring children’s learning outcomes and providing feedback to the teachers and parents on how the child is progressing

It’s worth noting that AI technology like ChatGPT can aid or assist, but it is important for educators to provide guidance and direction for using it effectively as a tool for promoting sustainability values.


How could AI shift educational concepts away from rote learning to encourage creativity?

AI has the potential to shift educational concepts away from rote learning to encouraging creativity in several ways:

  • Personalized Learning: AI can provide personalized learning experiences that adapt to each student’s strengths, weaknesses, and learning styles, which can help to keep them engaged and motivated.
  • Intelligent Tutoring: AI can provide immediate feedback and support to students, allowing them to learn at their own pace and explore their interests. This can help to foster a sense of curiosity and creativity in students.
  • Generating new content: AI can be used to generate new and unique educational content, such as interactive simulations, games, and virtual environments, which can inspire students to think creatively and explore new concepts and ideas.
  • Automated assessment: AI can help to automate the assessment process, which can free up time for teachers to focus on interacting with students and fostering creativity in the classroom.
  • Predictive Analytics: AI can be used to analyze data on student performance and behavior, providing teachers and administrators with insights on how to improve instruction, and how to create more engaging and effective learning environments that encourage creativity.

It’s important to note that AI should be used as a tool and not a replacement for human teachers.


AI will continue to make strides in education


AI has already made a difference in the realm of education. AI offers the ability to customize learning content to the abilities of each child or student, which can lead to improved motivation and increased learning performance. It can also support children or students in self-motivation and help develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Furthermore, it can identify understanding problems early and provide targeted support to students, contributing to higher teaching and learning success. AI technologies also enable more interactive and visual learning methods, such as the use of virtual and augmented reality technologies. Therefore, AI is a valuable addition to the learning process and is considered the future of learning.


Blog article was edited by: Peter Storm and Sylke Bauerschmidt

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