Best Use of Artificial Intelligence in Ed Tech

Recognizes the best artificial intelligence, machine or deep learning solution, platform or product that improves learning outcomes and implements solutions that help students succeed.

Riff EDU - Riff Analytics

During in-person classroom discussions, participants rely on human signals — tone, gesture, sentiment — to interpret what's happening, build trust, and create a sense of belonging. In online instruction, learners and instructors often struggle to develop authentic connections. Riff is an AI-based, collaboration platform that enables learner success by fostering meaningful connections in virtual environments. Through text and video chat, Riff measures interaction in a learning community and gives feedback about patterns of communication directly to participants. During video chat sessions, the platform subtly encourages users to speak more — or less — through the "Meeting Mediator" which helps maintain conversational balance, allowing participants to self-regulate over time. These feedback loops build self- and situational awareness, which leads to stronger social ties and ultimately better learning outcomes. In NSF-backed research, it was shown that students who participated in 4 or more Riff calls over the course of a program earned 80% higher final grades and were twice as likely to earn a credential.

Riff's novel approach draws on 10+ years of research from the Human Dynamics group at MIT Media Lab. Over the last three years, the Riff team has focused on improving individual and small group performance by helping learners become more conscious of how they interact. Riff optimizes collaboration and engagement by providing detailed personalized feedback to individuals and aggregate views of small group interactions to the faculty, TAs, and coaches who support them. Riff connects learning communities to help make them more successful together.

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    SoapBox Fluency - SoapBox Labs

    Since the late 1990s, education and edtech companies, long aware of a looming literacy crisis, have been exploring voice technology and its capabilities. They were looking for a technology that could offer a scalable replacement for the traditional observed running reading record, a technology that could listen while kids read aloud and give teachers pinpoint feedback on where they were struggling. It wasn’t until very recently, however, that the automated speech recognition that powers voice-enabled reading assessments became accurate enough for the classroom. 


    Thanks to recent advances in AI and machine learning, speech technology is now on the rise in PreK-12 learning tools, so much so that Brighteye’s European Edtech Funding Report predicts a “proliferation of voice technology” across the education industry in 2022. Enter SoapBox Labs — a voice AI company specializing in kids' voices — as the leading voice engine in the PreK-12 market and SoapBox Fluency, our reading fluency assessment solution. 


    Built using state-of-art AI technology, Fluency is made for teachers. Integrated into third-party learning tools of education companies like McGraw Hill and Amplify, it powers accurate, automated voice-enabled assessments of a student's oral reading fluency and delivers rich, granular, near-real time data back to teacher dashboards. 


    The SoapBox voice engine is built specifically for two- to twelve-year-old kids’ voices using thousands of hours of kids’ speech data from 192 countries. Most other speech systems are built primarily on adult voice data and fail to accommodate the complexities of kids’ speech and behaviors, their diverse accents and dialects, noisy environments, and privacy needs. The SoapBox engine has been independently validated to show no bias across race, accent, and socio-economic backgrounds.


    SoapBox Fluency’s accuracy sets it apart from other speech systems. It’s so accurate it returns voice data on kids’ speech down to the phoneme level, a game-changer for education companies. Identifying subtleties in a child’s pronunciation (if they substituted “color” for “other”, for example) can have a big impact on how teachers instruct students and lead to better learning outcomes over time. 


    The granular data points generated by Fluency — including words correct per minute, insertions, deletions, substitutions, repetitions, and more — give teachers longitudinal perspectives on students’ progress and aid them in making the most informed decisions about what instruction or intervention to provide.


    In 2022, voice technology will power literacy, language, math, and other curricula for PreK-12 students, transforming how kids learn remotely and in the classroom. SoapBox will play a leading role in that transformation as more practice, assessment, and screening tools, powered by our technology, enter the market from companies like McGraw Hill, Amplify, and many more innovative young education players.

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    Bookshelf + Bookshelf CoachMe - VitalSource

    Bookshelf CoachMe™ is a new feature in Bookshelf® that provides free embedded practice throughout the etext, offering students engagement opportunities at the point of learning to confirm their understanding of the material. Bookshelf CoachMe applies artificial intelligence (AI) to generate millions of questions across thousands of textbook titles, integrating formative practice into the student learning process. Using AI for automatic question generation allows for unprecedented scaling of the learn-by-doing method known to cause the Doer Effect. The Doer Effect, a learning science principle established at Carnegie Mellon University, proves doing practice while reading causes better outcomes [1], and these findings have been replicated at VitalSource in an award-winning research study [2]. Until now, realizing the Doer Effect required thousands of content-aligned practice items to be written per book, making this method too costly for most schools and publishers. By using AI to generate this practice as a feature of Bookshelf for free, we have democratized the Doer Effect for millions of students instantaneously. Additionally, instructors gain insight into student engagement through Bookshelf CoachMe analytics and dashboards. Bookshelf CoachMe questions are created directly from the text using VitalSource’s AI technology, which reads the textbook, picks out important content, and creates simple study questions to help students retain what they have just read. The AI-generated questions pass rigorous automated quality assurance requirements before appearing to students, making the process domain-agnostic and instantaneous. Students simply open their book in Bookshelf and have access to practice in the margins as they read. In the largest analysis of AI-generated questions published to date, we found that students engaged with AI-generated questions no differently than they did with human-authored questions [3]. Our award-winning research on AI questions continues to be at the forefront of the field [4], ensuring that questions presented in Bookshelf CoachMe are of the highest standard. However, as with human-authored questions, not all questions will benefit students equally. A state-of-the-art Content Improvement System monitors response data for each question, evaluates their psychometric properties, and automatically replaces underperforming questions. This self-improving system is the first of its kind to continually improve formative practice in real time. Artificial intelligence is revolutionizing many industries, and education is no exception, where AI is being used to harness the power of effective learning practices. All students deserve better learning resources to help them master content and better prepare for their future. Bookshelf CoachMe transforms Bookshelf from an eReader to an efficient, effective study experience so students can go to class confident, prepared, and ready to learn.

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    Mathpid - Woongjin Thinkbig

    Every learner who learns has things they're good at and things they're struggling with. Mathpid utilizes the AI comprehensive management system to identify each learner's characteristics and provide optimized and customized solutions. Mathpid is the perfect math learning for our kids using cutting-edge AI technology.

    1. Precise identification of the math level by AI:Mathpid can figure our the math level of leaners by using AI technology and recommend the personalized math course to improve the math skill. Leaner needs to solve just 10 or even less questions to know where they are at and start the personalized math learning.

    Mathpid is designed to analyze the student's level whenever the student puts the answer in real time which means that AI analyze the answers from student in real-time and adjust the next problem based on the result. This approach not only can save time for testing, but also increase the accuracy compared to the old model which student have to solve the already designed problem set which cannot be changed.

    Also, by analyzing the cause of an incorrect answer in real time, the number of problems is adjusted, and the difficulty is predicted, so that the kids can continue to participate in learning.

    2. Personalized tutoring by AI vision (OCR): 

    Mathpid not only give the customized learning course, but also can give the personalized tutoring service using deep learning technology.

    If students is struggling with a math question from their textbook, they can just take a picture with mathpid camera, then mathpid will find the similar questions and related topic they should know to solve the problem.

    Mathpid reads math question as text itself not as an image. As mathpid recognizes the questions as text and number, it can find the related topic using the machine learning.

    We know that some math-solver apps recognize the formula as an image. It is a simple process to find a similar shape in their DB and then provide the answers to users. It can be said that the system doesn’t solve the problem, but rather finds and shows similar image. That’s why they cannot provide deeper learning step related the math topic.

    Mathpid has the totally different approach in this part. We not only know the answer also find the related math topic and suggest the similar problems to help students understand the concept.

    Also, Mathpid’s AI vision can be a smart tutoring tool for parents who have difficulty telling their children how to solve math problems

    3.Progress Report: Mathpid provies learnes with the detailed report covering all their learing history. Learners can check what they are currently at and learning stats real-time from the report. 

    Mathpid is the representative brand of Woongjin ThinkBig’s AI arithmetic service, which holds 14 core AI education patents. One of them, a technology patent that judges whether the learner got an incorrect answer by making a mistake even though the problem matches the learner's level. AI coaches learners to improve learning skills by analyzing not only the cause of the incorrect answers but also your learning habits. Mathpid AI system have the ability to improve itself over time. As learning data accumulates, the system identifies the difficulties of learners, checks the learning habits and levels according to age, providing individual-optimized recommended learning and appropriate learning by age group.

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