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Artificial Intelligence Tools to be Used in Singapore Schools

The Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) and Ministry of Education (MOE) of Singapore are pushing forward with their joint FutureSchools@Singapore project, which aims to enhance learning for students through technology, pedagogy and innovative school d...

30/11/2012

Ngee Ann Secondary School, the first participating school, will use web-based artificial intelligence chat bots to provide an evolving narrative of specific subjects. The bots will collate and analyse students’ responses to identify learning patterns and assess their needs. Every student interaction will help the system learn and improve by adding the information collected by the chat bots to the pre-existing database of resources. The school aims to help student develop critical inquiry skills through the dialogue with the chat bots.

Teachers too can use this tool – they can access information contributed by students and gain a greater understanding of the students’ learning patterns and needs. The school will encourage teachers to use this information to assess and develop each student’s critical thinking skills. At present, the bots will be built for the subjects of Science and English Literature, but will be designed to be adaptable to other subjects.

The second participating school, the School of Science and Technology, will implement a ‘Scaffolded Algorithmic Inquiry-Based Learning’ (SAILing) system for its students. The system will present students with multiple-choice questions from a specific subject. Based on the students’ answers, the intelligent algorithm will adjust the difficulty of the subsequent questions, ensuring that the students will be challenged at the appropriate level.

The responsive SAILing system will assess students individually to determine which areas they need further coaching in, and whether they can proceed to the next stage of learning. Teachers can access the statistical analysis generated by the system to modify their lesson plans to meet the needs of their students.

IDA issued a Call-for-Collaboration in May this year seeking to form strategic collaborations with partners in the Infocomm industry to develop next-generation technologies for innovative teaching and learning. A committee of members from IDA, MOE and the two participating schools selected two local companies, aZaaS Pte Ltd and ToKToL Pte Ltd, for collaboration last week. IDA will support the partners by co-funding the development costs and providing project management.

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