Day 38 (of 197) my prethink of #bcedchat Sunday 28th on robots replacing teachers
I firmly believe that my next vehicle will be electric. I also believe that any jobs our future-robot-overlords can do better than us, they should….
If it is a focus on rote memorization without context though….my Speak and Spell (by Texas Instruments) did at least as good a job as any of the spelling lists I memorized and then purged….actually it probably did better as the machine kept bringing back key words…so to get a perfect score I needed to remember them all….and how their spellings were to then apply them to other words that sounded similar….gamification of spelling….better than stickers at least!
Even games about times tables were better than worksheets…if algorithms are the only part that is important in math….well then we might as well just have students memorize and regurgitate data sets (but I think learning perhaps means a little bit…more)
And writing…I know that for years there have been “online markers” that look at words and sentence structure and provide an assessment. And if reading is just for context understanding, there are many (boring) online reading programs that will confirm if you knew that the child had brown or red hair….
But there should be a “joy in learning” and barring what some of the latest Artificial Intelligence can do…it so far cannot articulate descriptive feedback and personalize learning in an authentic manner.
I encountered a “Self Service Starbucks” not long ago – and I saw that I could customize my drink without the aid of a barista – but I also know that by having a relationship with my barista they could introduce me to new brews that might be my cup of tea (irony intended). McDonalds allows you to personalize your burger – but that isn’t the same as the personalization needed in education.
I think that if your job (or how you do your job) can be replaced by a robot, maybe it should. If worksheets have “an” answer that can be scanned, or assessments that use scantron forms – is a human interface really necessary? If a focus is on rotr
Instead of the Turing Test we need another method to ensure the teacher has a connection with the learner – an understanding of needs, adaptions and differentiations that can’t be put into an algorithm….at least until our future robot overlords get better at understanding us….so until then – reflect on how you teach and what your students are doing….is it robotable? Or is it something no machine can currently replace?