[IBM Watson changed how we look at artificial intelligence and “Big Data.” In this NY Times article IBM Watson takes on third grade math, providing instructional recommendations aligned to Common Core Standards for teachers. Here in Pittsburgh Aileen Owens from the South Fayette School District and I have worked with the Pittsburgh Super Computing Center, Carnegie Mellon University, and IBM Watson to provide training for teachers to learn more about Big Data and how tools like IBM Watson can help in the learning process. Now that Amazon and Apple have their solutions in place for consumer needs, it’s good to see that IBM is moving into education.]
It knew enough about medical diagnoses and literature to beat “Jeopardy!” champions at their game, and has been put to use in cancer wards. Now, anIBM computer platform called Watson is taking on something really tough: teaching third-grade math.
For the past two years, the IBM Foundation has worked with teachers and their union, the American Federation of Teachers, to build Teacher Advisor, a program that uses artificial-intelligence technology to answer questions from educators and help them build personalized lesson plans.
By the end of the year, it will be available free to third-grade math teachers across the country and will add subject areas and grade levels over time.
“The idea was to build a personal adviser, so a teacher would be able to find the best lesson and then customize the lesson based upon their classroom needs,” said Stanley S. Litow, president of the IBM Foundation.
“By loading a massive amount of content, of teaching strategies, lesson plans, you’d actually make Watson the teacher coach,” Mr. Litow said.