How Artificial Intelligence Saves Education from COVID-19?
Education technology
Mental Health
K-12 Education
Education Technology Solutions
Joshua Hadley
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While most of us are concerned about the day to day prospects of bringing home the bacon and surviving the turmoil of daily life, our children have quietly been forgotten due to the pandemic and the current teacher crisis. COVID-19 has sadly destroyed the educational experience for children and has impacted them in ways we could not have projected with the best mathematical models.

Ben Smith is the CEO of Gnosis IQ, an artificial intelligence platform for education and PhD Candidate studying the psychological impacts of technology in education. When interviewed, he said, “Covid has created the perfect storm of chaos and opportunity to allow AI to solve the problems facing education, students mental health, and academic performance” He added that, “A number of concerns raised by educators and administrators can be addressed through transformative data modeling.”

Current trends going against education.

Students Dropout increasing at an alarming rate
  • 3,030,000 Students drop out annually 
  • 8300 Students drop out everyday
  • 75% of all US crimes are committed by high school dropouts.
Students are falling behind academically

“When all of the impacts are taken into account, the average student could fall seven months behind academically”

Diane Goldstein - New York Times article June, 6th 2020

Teachers' workload is already high and increasing.

Education has a great opportunity to rise to the challenges created by COVID, but if the technology being applied to the situation only adds more work for the administrators and teachers, widespread adoption will be a challenge. Teachers, on average, work 12-15 hours a day with current work loads and since the pandemic hit, that number has only increased which results in burnout.  That workload can not be sustained in the long term, which is why we are seeing a mass exodus of teachers out of the educational system.  

So how do we get good teachers back and excited to work in the system again?  We have to refocus their job and make it easier, reduce the workload to 8hr a day and give them their lives back.  So what type of activities are teachers expected to do in a day?

Dr. Mario Ventura, a Superintendent for Isaac School district in Phoenix said, “We took a look at the Gnosis IQ software and realized the massive potential to impact the workload of teachers and our administrators.  One of my principals has seen a reduction of 8 - 10 hours a week, just in the data he normally compiles.”

Students mental health is severely being impacted by COVID-19

Beyond the academic impacts of COVID are all the mental health impacts

Students have reported the following mental health impacts due to COVID-19

  • 57% Greater levels of Anxiety 
  • 67% Higher Levels of Stress
  • 50% Increased Irritability
  • 54% Increased Emotional Exhaustion

Now more than ever, it is crucial to be in tune with the mental health of the students. With the advent of technology and AI, potential dangers to others and themselves can be identified early, as well as predicting academic performance.  Students' emotional needs can be the major reason for failure or success, and now with Gnosis IQ, there is a way to bring this data into the light so we can start doing something about it.

Ben Smith said, “We saw that the emotional and mental health of each student was a key indicator to their performance, so we developed the industry's first integrated tool to acquire that data in real time, and bring it to the attention of the parents, teachers, and the appropriate administration. This alone has the ability to revolutionize social and emotional learning in education.”

Ashley Zimmerman, former teacher at Mesa High School said, “When I saw you could track a student's emotional status throughout the day, I immediately saw how I could better support my students.  In fact, it mad me tear up because a few years ago I lost a student to suicide, and if I would of had this tool, our team might have seen the signs earlier and been able to get that student the appropriate help.  It might have saved her life.”

Data, especially in the long term, in the hands of those who care and can make a difference, is the most powerful tool we have for positive change in the world of education. 

Joshua Hadley 
Co-founder of Gnosis IQ 
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