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June 26, 2024

The Role of AI in Education: Pros and Cons of AI in Education

How AI is Changing Education: Pros and Cons
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In displacement and uncertainty, education remains a beacon of hope for refugee children and youth. With the emergence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology, new opportunities are arising to revolutionize education in refugee contexts. 

Today, we’ll talk about how AI education can be properly introduced, its impact, long-term effects, and the pros and cons, focusing on younger ages 10 and above in Lebanon's emergency education programs, with a spotlight on Jusoor's innovative initiatives.

Introducing AI Education:

Properly introducing AI education begins with understanding refugee learners' unique needs and challenges. It involves:

  1.  Access to Technology: Providing access to devices such as tablets or laptops and ensuring internet connectivity is crucial for implementing AI-powered educational tools.
  2.  Teacher Training: Educators need training to effectively integrate AI technology into their teaching practices and support students in navigating AI-powered platforms.
  3. Curriculum Integration: Incorporating AI education into existing curricula ensures alignment with learning objectives and standards.
  4. Community Engagement: Engaging parents, caregivers, and community leaders fosters support for AI education initiatives and promotes a collaborative learning environment.
  5. Cultural Sensitivity: Tailoring AI educational content to reflect the cultural backgrounds and experiences of refugee learners enhances relevance and engagement.

Impact of AI Education:

The impact of AI education in refugee contexts is profound:

  1. Improved Access: AI-powered educational platforms provide equitable access to quality education, overcoming barriers imposed by displacement and resource constraints.
  2. Personalized Learning: AI algorithms adapt learning experiences to individual student needs, enhancing engagement and achievement. This provides tailored educational experiences that meet each student’s academic needs and works interactively with them to strengthen them.
  3. Future Skills Development: Teaching coding and AI principles equip refugee youth with essential future skills, empowering them to pursue diverse career opportunities.
  4. Community Building: Collaborative projects and shared learning experiences foster community cohesion and cross-cultural understanding among refugee and host community children.
  5. Resilience and Empowerment: Engaging with AI technology builds resilience and confidence in refugee learners, empowering them to navigate and thrive in an ever-changing world.

Long-Term Effects:

Over the long term, AI education can:

  1. Break Cycles of Poverty: AI education opens pathways out of poverty and dependence. This would drastically reduce virtual dropout rates as students can continue learning with assisted AI tutors growing their skills and broadening their economic opportunities.
  2. Empower Youth: Equipping refugee youth with AI skills empowers them to become agents of change in their communities and beyond.
  3. Drive Economic Growth: A skilled workforce empowered by AI education can contribute to economic growth and development in refugee-hosting countries.
  4. Transform Lives: Ultimately, AI education has the potential to transform the trajectory of refugee lives, unlocking opportunities and creating a brighter future for generations to come.
Source: https://wire19.com/real-life-examples-of-ai-in-education/

Pros and Cons:

While the benefits of AI education are significant, it's essential to consider potential challenges:

Pros:

  • Personalized learning
  • Access to high-quality education
  • Efficiency and productivity
  • Predictive analytics
  • Engaging learning experiences
  • Lifelong learning and upskilling
  • Future skills development.
  • Community building and integration.
  •  Empowerment and resilience-building.

Cons:

  • School is more than content
  • Still dependent on infrastructure
  • Dependence on AI tools
  • Bias and standardized processes
  • More screen time
  • Digital literacy gaps.
  • Access to technology.
  • Data privacy and security concerns.
  • Equity issues in resource distribution.
  • Potential cultural insensitivity in AI content.

At Jusoor, we are at the forefront of integrating AI education into refugee education programs through our Future Skills Project. By teaching coding and prototype testing a new app, YettiConfetti, which provides personalized education for youth, we aim to substantially impact the lives of refugee children and youth, unlocking their potential and shaping brighter futures.

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