Matthew Lynch, author of the Tech Edvocate article, “Using Artificial Intelligence to Help Students with Learning Disabilities Learn,” is enthusiastic about the way AI can help students with learning differences. He points out that there are multiple and distinct ways that AI “can help students to better understand independent of teacher instruction.”
The first way is that material can be presented in a more understandable way so that difficult reading material can be simplified, allowing “students with learning disabilities to better related and engage with material.”
Second, “artificial intelligence helps educators identify learning disabilities.” According to Lynch existing testing often makes it difficult at times to identify students with dyslexia and dyscalculia but “new artificial intelligence systems are being developed to help teachers administer more sensitive testing.”
Third, as artificial intelligence continues to be developed and refined, the goal of utilizing the students’ mastery of a concept allows a student to receive reliable and timely feedback – based on their own performance – and move through material at his/her own individual pace.
Fourth, with the increased amount of data that can be collected, teachers will have the ability to evaluate classroom strengths and challenges as well their own. And in particular, the strengths and challenges of students with learning differences will be better identified and addressed.
With all these ways that AI can help students with learning differences, it is exciting to know that Quest Academy in Palatine, Illinois, began this school year with an educational partnership with Microsoft – and plans already in place to infuse AI into their entire curriculum – “the first elementary school in the U.S. to develop an AI curriculum.” What is learned about AI in the coming months at Quest will be so valuable to all educators, parents and all students, especially those who are gifted with learning differences (2e – twice-exceptional) who will so benefit from the personal assistance of AI to help them engage with and better understand whatever material or instruction they encounter in school and at home.