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Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Artificial Intelligence in Education: ChatGPT Brings One-on-One Teaching to Scale

Title: "Khan Academy is using ChatGPT to bring one-on-one teaching to scale."
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Date: May 21, 2023

Greg's Words

We're still looking for AI's impact on revenue while it starts to penetrate the cost reduction side of the balance sheet.  

Meanwhile, on the education front, fear is giving way to innovation.  One school is utilizing ChatGPT to enhance its educational journey.

Selling technology to education is a pain - isn't it?  Bids, low technical skill, and no business acumen in the decision-making process make the effort singularly based on price, not results.

It's a tough gig, but every now and then, an innovative project comes up overcoming systemic fear and the 'cover your ass' mentality.  

This may be one such event.

 Key highlights:
  • Khan Academy is developing an artificial intelligence-based tool, "Khanmigo," aiming to personalize and revolutionize education by integrating OpenAI's ChatGPT.
  • Khanmigo enables students to ask questions during lessons or videos, offering personalized and contextually aware responses.
  • Khan Academy launched a limited rollout of Khanmigo in March 2023, with wider availability planned for June 15.

Despite dismal national test scores, there's a glimmer of hope in the education sector thanks to the ambitious goals set by Sal Khan, the founder of Khan Academy. Khan, envisioning a transformative educational tool inspired by Neal Stephenson’s 1995 novel “The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer," is now harnessing the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to bring personalized education to every student through a tool dubbed "Khanmigo."
"...stated goals for Khan Academy are “personalization and mastery.” He notes that “high-performing, wealthier households have resources—time, know-how and money—to provide their children one-on-one tutoring to learn subjects and then use schools to prove what they know.” With his company’s new AI-infused tool, Khanmigo—sounds like con migo or “with me”—one-on-one teaching can scale to the masses..."
Khanmigo incorporates OpenAI's language model, ChatGPT, offering an immersive and intuitive learning experience. It provides a platform where students can ask questions during their lessons or videos. The AI understands the context of the student's query, much like a tutor would, and is capable of offering personalized responses. Khan describes the tool as a "scalable super tutor."

The motivation behind Khanmigo is to bridge the education gap by offering the benefits of one-on-one tutoring to all students, not just those in high-performing, wealthier households. The tool's design is based on two foundational principles – personalization and mastery. Khan firmly believes that "average students can become exceptional students" with the right learning tools.

For Khan, Khanmigo's potential extends beyond being a revolutionary study aid. It is designed to be a critical tool for teachers, easing the administration of lessons and fostering improved communication between teachers and students. The vision is to extend the benefits of this tool to communities with minimal educational resources, promising a transformative impact on education and society.

The preliminary launch of Khanmigo occurred on March 15, 2023, with a subscription fee of $20 per month. Khan Academy has planned a broader rollout for June 15, potentially offering lower costs for those in need. In Khan's vision, this technology will eliminate debates over classroom size and school choice, making it a moral obligation to provide every student with this revolutionary tool.

"The world has cheap tablets, so it shouldn't be hard to add an Alexa-like voice and real-time videogame-like animations. Then the Diamond Age will be upon us," Khan asserts.

References: "The Wall Street Journal," May 21, 2023

Tweet: Revolutionary AI tool Khanmigo is set to transform education with personalized, interactive lessons. The future of education is here, and it's looking bright. #EducationTech #AI

LinkedIn Introduction: Exciting developments in education technology! Khan Academy is leveraging AI to bring personalized, immersive learning experiences to every student. Check out their groundbreaking tool, Khanmigo.

Keywords: Khan Academy, Khanmigo, AI, Education Technology, OpenAI, ChatGPT, Personalized Learning

Image prompt: A student interacting with the AI tool Khanmigo on a tablet, with an image of an animated character explaining a complex concept.

Search question: How is Khan Academy using AI to revolutionize education?

Song suggestion: "Learn to Fly" by Foo Fighters. The theme of the song, learning and aiming high, aligns well with the aspirations of Khanmigo.

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