Artificial Intelligence and Education

Here’s a bell ringer…Chalk it up to the next step in education, artificial intelligence is helping students learn more efficiently. Artificial intelligence (AI), which learns patterns through algorithms, simulates human decision-making using real-time data. AI streamlines processes making them more efficient and draws upon resources with its automation. For educators, AI contributes by more closely identifying with the needs of students evaluating their ability and adjusting lessons based on comprehension. According to MIT Technology, 99.4% educators say that artificial intelligence (AI) will be instrumental to their education, and 92% are already using it. Students are given unique learning paths for mastery of content with independent learning customized to their needs.

Just recently, with COVID-19, schools which were prepared for online learning, were able to transition to remote learning. This seamless transition allowed students to continue with their schooling. How many of these schools used AI as part of their remote programs is unknown, however,  the potential for future use of AI applications as part of remote education is very likely. AI-guided instruction with remote learning can help students advance at their own pace at home. Within the classroom, students using AI applications can remain focused on learning, without the classroom discipline issues and enthused by their unique learning path. Diverse populations are served with AI making cultural differences more comfortable. Based on demographics, AI can create an avatar for learning applications which reflects the student’s age, ethnicity, and style that the student can identify with. Expressions of the avatar change as the student interacts, making learning even more fun. Additionally, online programs using AI are catered to each student’s progress with instant feedback to the student and teacher. For those eager to learn, and those who learn best with computer-based instruction, use of AI offers endless possibilities for education.

Although technology has become integrated within daily life for most people, to many it is still inaccessible. WIFI and Internet, computers, and tablets may be not available at home for students to use nor at school. Given this, some students may not be able to take advantage of AI and remote learning which could put them at a disadvantage compared to peers. For these students, the resources the school can provide within the classroom such as quality instruction by the teacher, a welcoming learning environment, and other supplemental resources are even more important to stay competitive. With all the benefits AI brings to education, the traditional classroom offers situations that the computer cannot provide, exceling with in person face-to-face group discussions, hands on learning, and a place for developing essential interpersonal skills.

The benefits of AI within education impacts the quality of classroom instruction within the classroom environment. AI works well with the flipped classroom model where students learn material in advance before classroom instruction by the teacher. Preparing students in advance before the teacher instructs the class helps create a foundation of initial understanding and background for the lesson. The result from this yields better class discussions and it makes learning easier as the students have already been exposed to the topic. Additionally, students who are using AI-guided learning are able to study material at their own pace which adjusts as they progress, offering further assistance when needed or moving the student on to the next lesson. Feedback is instantaneous, providing teachers with valuable information for intervention. Teachers can then provide additional resources to supplement areas where the student needs tutoring assistance. Likewise, advanced learners are able to accelerate at a faster pace moving on to more challenging material. Furthermore, teachers receive feedback on areas where they can improve their lessons for greater clarity. As AI assesses students, it draws upon resources to make them immediately available to students in areas where they need more assistance and provides enriching information to advanced learners who thirst for more advanced material. Teachers continue instruction offline teaching students and providing hands-on learning with experiments and activities which are not able to be completed online. Students who might typically be in the same classroom have the potential of being at entirely different levels of education using AI technology.

AI technology is used in other areas outside of the classroom setting helping special needs students, language learners, and athletes. Devices utilizing AI technology is specialized to the needs of the student. Medical concerns of special needs students that require monitoring can be done using AI devices. Those with learning disabilities have personalized textbook learning which can assist with rephrasing sentences, assist with defining words, and provide other resources such as online videos and games to supplement learning. Language learners can interact with AI programs to learn a new language. AI understands English and other languages and can speak it, gauging the conversation level of the student, and assisting with learning with online games and reading text selections. Sports departments can use AI technology for training athletes, strategizing games, and even assisting with ticket sales for sports events.

From an administrative standpoint, AI technology helps streamline the education process for teachers with their schedule and workload. AI is used by education systems for non-discriminatory enrollment to filter students based on where they live and other criteria to assign them to schools and teachers. It can assist with the grading process with programmed rubrics for grading assignments and exams. Built in features can detect plagiarism, readability, and ensure student privacy. AI can also be used to help the administration and teachers to schedule meetings and conferences. The environment within schools can also be controlled with AI which senses when to turn lights on and off and adjust the temperature throughout classrooms. Automated processes contribute to efficiency saving time and money for schools.

Artificial intelligence within education will redefine the teacher-student relationship to one of an advisor as students are taught using AI. Personalized learning unique to each student ensures student success with instant feedback to teachers. It also sets students on the path for their career providing a customized textbook which draws upon material that is specific to their career path. Remote online education is even more a possibility for students, with the benefits of keeping students on track who have medical issues, family emergencies, traveling and for other reasons. Student education is enhanced with AI becoming more readily available for use by those within education. Rewarding to students, teachers, and school administrative professionals, AI technology is bringing education to the next level.


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Cultivation of Empathy in the Classroom

How well can you relate to another person? Empathy is the understanding of another person and their situation. Within the classroom environment, there are a variety of learners each with individual learning abilities who come from different social classes. Students are at a disadvantage when they are seen as not meeting the ‘status quo’ of the class and are not accepted. A certain amount of empathy needs to come from teachers, parents, and classmates toward one another to unify the class and make it a positive learning environment.

There are several different categories for learning styles unique to each student. A student may be a kinesthetic learner, learning best working with their hands, while others might learn faster by listening, visually, or by reading. A teacher wanting her students to be successful, can be empathetic to the needs of the students by finding out which is easiest for them. By assessing the students at the beginning of the school year, and referring a student’s history from the previous year, the teacher can identify these needs. The teacher can then prepare lesson plans for diversified instruction to meet the needs of multiple learning styles. The teacher can consider what works best for each class and plan lesson plans accordingly. Additionally, students might learn best working individually, or they might be more social and enjoy group interaction. They might learn best depending on how the classroom is arranged such as having the desks in a circular setting, or several desks pushed together in groups, rather than in stark rows. Teachers can plan activities working in environments best suited to the class.

Teachers who notice frustrations and provide empathy to struggling students can make a difference in the life of the student. Learning is not just about achieving the highest grades, but learning how to stay motivated, having a good attitude, and working past hurdles. As a source of encouragements, teachers can make an impact on the life of the student on a personal level. Stepping out of the role of instruction-to grade book, teachers can extend a human heart to students who may not see past the next exam. In situations like this, teachers can leave a lasting impression to student, by offering additional assistance, reassurance, and encouragement—showing that he or she truly cares about them as an individual wanting them to be successful, beyond the grade book. Teachers can find the student a tutor, they can spend time explaining the material, or if it is a distraction which is affecting learning, a good teacher can dive in to get involved to find out more about the issue which is bothering the student.

Parents can also practice empathy toward teachers. While teachers need to meet expectations to teach, parents can also keep in mind that teachers have a classroom full of students and may be overwhelmed. This does not mean that parents should lower the bar in their expectation, but it may help with their communication as they speak their concerns to teachers. They can soften their demands by stating that they understand the teacher has large class sizes and even offer to see how they can assist the teacher.

Empathy can be taught by schools within classrooms for empathy between students. Students often face bullying in schools. Whether it is that “their hair looks funny”, “they can’t play ball” or “they are the slowest one in the class”, students need to learn to be more accepting of one another. These are life skills which are useful at any age and will help a student learn to work with people who may not be exactly like them.

By identifying cases where students might not fit in, teachers can proactively plan for ways to create a comfort level and safe environment for everyone in the classroom. Students in classes might need to adapt to classmates who are different from them. Empathy and welcomeness needs to be encouraged to help classes identify with students with physical disabilities, the special education student, an English language learner, a quick learner who is gifted, or maybe a student just transferred from another class, or one who is new to the school. Often times, addressing these students with a warm welcome from the teacher demonstrates acceptance. The teacher can also help answer questions which prevents gossip and isolation based on assumptions. By creating this sense of empathy and understanding, the class can accept the student with greater ease. For the student, the ability to be welcomed as an equal within the class and not stand out as an oddity is expedited, eliminating unnecessary attention drawn to them and subjecting them to a hostile environment.

Empathy is not necessarily acceptance. It is providing an understanding to a situation or finding a common ground in the case of differences. This understanding helps create community rather than create division. It is a positive way to build energy from which education and having healthy life-long skills of human relationships are cultivated.


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LeClaude Learning Center

Our Schools and Programs
LeClaude Learning Center knows the importance of a good education. It take instruction and practice to master material. At LeClaude Learning Center, we have specialized teachers who are trained to teach in small group settings as well as one-on-one to help your child master areas in the arts, language, literacy, and mathematics. Our programs are paced to fit the needs of the student, helping them rapidly progress toward achieving goals. We identify how students learn best and implement creative lessons for fun and effective instruction. We pride ourselves in our customized workout plans, utilizing differentiated instructional strategies, to meet the varying needs of all students and exceed the established standards. Whether it’s learning a new subject area or reinforcing classroom material, our instructors bring motivation, enthusiasm, and expertise for quality instruction and providing an excellent classroom experience.  learningcenter_students 

Arts
Our arts program includes studies in dance, fine art, theater, and music. Students have the opportunity to study these areas and showcase their accomplishments. Instructors from these programs are highly experienced in their discipline and in instruction. Each program is offered for all ages, meeting grade level objectives and challenging students beyond grade level. The following is a list of the program offerings in the Arts Program.

DANCE 
The dance program offers classes in ballet, hip-hop, tap and choreography. Our instructors come from the top dance schools from around the United States. The choreography class is the first in the nation to teach students under the age of 14 how to design choreography performances. Students have the opportunity to perform in quarterly arts performances in March, June, September, and December. These performances are held in the main auditorium.

FINE ART 
The art program offers classes in drawing, painting, calligraphy, and clay. Each year the community is invited to see the art created from this program. Student’s artwork is displayed in our Galleríe Display and students also have a chance to sell their artwork in the ArtWork Exhibition.

THEATER
Theater classes are taught by performers from Broadway. Each year, this program hosts 4 plays open to the general public. Students learn drama techniques, rehearsal techniques, facial expressions, tonal variations, and body language. We also offer a costume and set decorating class where students learn how to build sets and costumes.

MUSIC
Students have the opportunity to learn to sing as part of an acapella choir, individually, or learn to play a specific instrument. As part of the program, students perform as part of the quarterly Talent Show. 

Language
Our language program includes studies in English, writing, literature, and foreign languages. These courses are offered to students looking to enhance literacy or learn a new language. Students will gather a greater understanding and mastery of the English language, writing, and literary classics. Students studying foreign languages will have plenty of resources to learn the language and practice it with chances for immersion programs and international travel.

ENGLISH
We teach mastering the English language by improving the use of proper grammar and expansion of vocabulary. Students learn how to research and develop outlines, write at an advanced level using MLA and AP Styles, and proof-reading techniques for editing. Students have the chance to work with local newspapers on projects to practice their skills.

WRITING
In our writing course, students have the chance to write different types of genre including research papers, editorial, copywriting, poetry, and song lyrics. Student writings are published both on the student’s individual website as well as in a printed journal which is used to showcase their progress and work.

LITERATURE
The literature program enhances literacy as students read a selection of the classics, fiction, and non-fiction books. Discussions between students are done in class and through the online class forum to dive into main topics, themes, and questions posed. Instructors work one-on-one with students who may be struggling with reading classics in school and assist in understanding the writings and working their way through the text.

FOREIGN LANGUAGES
We also offer various foreign languages including German, French, Italian, Spanish, Latin, Hebrew, Mandarin, Marathi, and Swahili. Students have the chance to learn individually one-on-one with native speakers, in small group settings to practice conversation, and by using interactive media in the language lab to practice grammar and vocabulary. Travel abroad programs are offered yearly for students to visit countries and experience the culture. The exchange student program works in tandem with local school districts to offer international immersion. 

Math
Our mathematics program offers one-on-one advancement in elementary, secondary, and college mathematics. We teach using manipulatives and hands-on-application practices. Interactive media is available in the computer lab for additional practice with puzzles, virtual reality math games, and quizzes. Our advanced math instructors have doctorates degrees in Math and are masters at clarity with explanations and providing visual to demonstrate math theories.

ELEMENTARY MATH
Elementary math concepts are taught and practiced in tandem with grade-level, classroom learning objectives. Students have manipulatives available to apply math concepts. Color coding systems are used as visual goal setters for students along with rewards for accomplishments. Students are introduced to number sense and methods to learn how to computing numbers quickly. Students are introduced to new math concepts filled with creative, fun-filled, instruction.

SECONDARY MATH
Students studying secondary math have instructors available to teach algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus. Class time is divided into a daily review session of previously taught material, instruction on new material, and then practical application. Students have time set aside each class to address questions and challenging areas. The computer lab is available for students to practice what they have learned using interactive media.

COLLEGE MATH
College math concepts are taught one-on-one with accomplished math instructors. These instructors teach math theory and practical application. Topics available for instruction include statistics, linear algebra, math modeling, probability, calculus I and II. 

Applications Process

The application process is simple. Go to our website at http://www.LeClaudeLearningCenter.edu and register for a course. Fill out the online form and submit it. You will be contacted within 24 hours to complete final registration and payment. An appointment will be scheduled to meet with the school, class instructor, and complete an assessment. Customized instruction will be created for your child in each enrolled subject area. Classes start each quarter in January, March, June, and September.  

LeClaude and Beyond
Our goal is to have your student reach their goals and beyond, successfully prepared for their next endeavors. We build a foundation from which your child can transition to the next level. 

We are happy to build a portfolio of your student’s work, provide references, and help assist in application processes for college and employment. Our alumni club will attest to the success of our highly acclaimed school and programs. Please join us on the 15th of each month for a catered alumni event where students, families, and prospective students can meet with alumni to ask questions and have an understanding of the dynamics of our school.[LeClaude Learning Center is a proposed concept for a sample project]


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