School Business Affairs May 2020

22 MAY 2020 | SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS LEADING & MANAGING CHANGE Nurturing Einsteins and Edisons: The Promise of AI How artificial intelligence can enhance education. By Lisa Z. Morstad, Ed.D., CPA A lbert Einstein and Thomas Edison were dys- lexic. Einstein didn’t talk until he was four years old, and Edison couldn’t read until he was nine. Educators are aware of the chal- lenges students with disabilities must confront if they are to realize their possibilities, but what about the other Einsteins and Edisons in our midst? How do we fire up and support the students who will cure cancer or eradicate world hunger? These future heroes may have different learning styles or challenges that educators must recognize and nurture as they help them fulfill their potential. What if we could capture the profiles of our students and customize planning to meet the needs of each one? Sound like an impossible dream? Maybe not. Artificial intelligence and its application through machine learning are revolutionizing industries, and education is slowly dipping its toe into the waters. These technologies offer great possibilities for our students. First, here are some definitions: • Artificial intelligence (AI) is the simulation of human intelligence in machines that are programmed to think like humans. • Machine learning (ML) is an application of AI that provides systems with the ability to automatically learn and improve from experience without being explicitly programmed. In other words, computers’ programs can access data sets and use them to learn for themselves, without human intervention. METAMORWORKS/STOCK.ADOBE.COM