AI & Machine Learning in Education
Discovery Ed Speeds Teaching Recommendations with Addition of AWS ML
- By Dian Schaffhauser
has added machine learning to its learning platform, to personalize
recommendations to the teachers who use the platform as they're
putting together lessons. The personalization technology, which is
produced by Amazon
will be used to customize the choices shown in a "Just for You"
area on each educator's homepage within the program. The goal is to
speed up the process of finding just the right digital resources,
based on a number of factors, including designated preferences,
previous selections and grade level.
company continuously adds new content and resources to the platform,
including standards-aligned content, digital lessons, quiz and
activity creation tools and professional learning resources, in
response to current events and the evolving needs of educators. Those
are curated and contextualized by a team of human experts. The
addition of ML, according to Chief Product Officer Pete Weir will
"improve educators' productivity by providing the digital
content they want and need even faster than before."
improvement is a core value at Discovery Education, and as such, we
are constantly seeking innovative new ways to improve our resources
and save educators time," Weir said in a press release. "We
are incredibly proud to be collaborating with AWS and pioneering how
education technology can personalize teaching and learning. The
success of this collaboration to date encourages my team to look for
even more places within our services to integrate machine learning
technology and improve our services' ability to adapt to our users."
some time, educators have desired more resources to help personalize
teaching and learning. ML technology is already being used to curate
our entertainment experiences, help with workforce productivity and
more, and it's exciting to see this innovation is being integrated
into classrooms," added Alec Chalmers, director of the education
technology market at AWS. "Amazon Personalize creates high
quality recommendations that better respond to the specific needs and
preferences of today's learners, which ultimately improves engagement
in teaching and learning."
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @schaffhauser.