Renowned for its unique cultural legacy and awe-inspiring technological prowess, Japan is embarking on a novel project that seeks to integrate state-of-the-art technology into its teaching methods, including the potential integration of artificial intelligence (AI).
How will Japan transform teaching and student-teacher collaboration? What has the country learned from the implementation of blended learning at the height of the Covid pandemic? What lessons will it keep on board?
Enhanced classroom instruction
Intelligent tutoring systems powered by AI algorithms are facilitating the learning experience for students by analyzing their performance data, identifying areas of improvement, and offering personalized programs for each of them.
Promoting collaborative learning
Japan is harnessing technology to enrich collaborative learning. AI-driven tools enable students to engage in real-time collaboration, both in-person and remotely. Such experiences have been found to improve learning, foster teamwork, and nurture critical thinking abilities.
AI has the ability to transform this process by automating assessments and streamlining feedback. AI algorithms are able to evaluate data at a much faster pace, which provides teachers with more time to spend on qualitative assessments.
Preserving cultural heritage
While technology has played a big role in the education field, Japan remains committed to preserving its deeply-revered cultural heritage. Some schools have come up with AI-powered programs that instruct about the richness of Japanese culture and impart values shared by all Japanese.
Rather than replacing teachers, AI-powered tools were designed to empower educators through tools that automate administrative tasks, such as grading and record-keeping. In doing so, teachers are able to focus more on instructional planning, mentoring, and facilitating discussions.