Objective and Solutions
The First Mate Campaign was established to use ICT to help public schools in need. With plenty of free learning resources, products, and services at its disposal, TAL looked to offer an immediate solution to problems only exacerbated by the pandemic. With resources and technology having its limitations, First Mate looked to tackle these challenges:
Created as a result of the pandemic, COVID-19 forced schools to close globally, and China was no exception. Over 280 million students were affected, and schools had to find alternate learning methods. With the potential resurgence of the disease becoming the norm, online learning methods have instantly become essential. Yet, not everyone can afford the software, network requirements, or transition effectively to a new learning environment.
Teaching made easier with AI
Provide a way to teach an online course with the same capabilities of a traditional offline class so that continuity is ensured.
Automatically observe engagement and progress in real-time, giving teachers the second set of hands to help teachers focus on improving their quality of teaching.
Improved accessibility & resources
Provide a way to teach and learn from anywhere, on any device without sacrificing quality.
Offer training and other necessary resources to make transitioning to teaching online effortless.
First Mate ensures continuity to its users by connecting its community instantly with great latency and high bandwidth. Its low maintenance cost allows learners to connect using any device, allowing the use of unlimited content and resources in the classroom. AI tools for education must center on alleviating the workload so teachers and students can focus on their work. The deployment of AI in classrooms serves to enhance human capabilities as opposed to replacing them.
Therefore, a set of advanced artificial intelligence technologies, such as automatic speech recognition, computer vision, and natural language processing, are integrated into our system. With these artificial intelligence models, a detailed analysis report of students’ and teachers’ behavior is generated after each course. The report allows for teachers to receive feedback and improve their methods while seeing how students are progressing. The information provided is a positive way of showing students their engagement is noticed and encouraged.
The technology also allows for interactive features to engage users and encourage them to continue using the platform. With efficient data acquisition and feedback channels, the system’s machine learning models can continuously receive high-quality incremental training samples.
Interactive slides and library make sure teachers have access to fascinating teaching materials.
Interactive functions such as “going on stage” and “doodling” give students the spotlight and let them express themselves freely.
AI-powered monitoring and report
Student report highlights the moments when the student participates in classroom interactions, answering questions, playing games. This report is reinforcing the students positively to improve class participation.
Teacher Self-Diagnostic report uses multiple machine learning algorithms to identify key performance indicators. By looking at the report, a teacher can improve his actions to increase his performance, and ultimately improve his pedagogy.