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Artificial Intelligence: Positives and Negatives in the Mathematics Classroom

Author: Kenneth Holmaninfo@ciddl.org

In the last few years, artificial intelligence (AI) has had a significant impact on mathematics learning in the classroom. From virtual math tutors and apps to interactive calculators and problem-solving programs, AI has revolutionized how students learn math. With AI-powered tools such as Photomath, Desmos, Geogebra, and Microsoft Math Solver, math has become easier to understand, analyze and solve. 

The Transformation for Math Technology

AI has transformed the technology of math teaching and has become invaluable in helping students learn and understand complicated mathematical problems. AI-powered tools can act as virtual math tutors, guiding students step by step through a problem, breaking it down into smaller concepts, and breaking down any language barriers the student might face. AI-powered tutoring systems can even explain concepts using visual models and interactive activities, helping students develop a deeper understanding of the material.  AI-powered math-solving programs can help speed up the math instruction process. These programs can automatically solve any equation or problem and provide students with quick and accurate answers. As a result, students have more time to understand the material and not just quickly memorize formulas or algorithms. There are also AI-based calculator apps such as Photomath or Desmos that allow students to quickly calculate complicated problems and equations without needing to input them into a calculator.

Student Learning and Artificial Intelligence

AI-powered tutors and programs are only able to teach students what they are explicitly programmed to do. This can limit students’ ability to develop their own methods and approaches to solving a problem, as well as push their ability to think outside the box. While AI can be used to provide students with accurate and quick results, it can also lead to students becoming complacent and overly reliant on technology. If students rely too heavily on AI-powered programs, they risk not developing the critical thinking skills necessary to analyze and solve mathematical problems independently. Moreover, students may not fully comprehend the material if they rely too heavily on AI-powered tools. 

While AI has both positive and negative effects on the teaching of mathematics in the classroom, these tools can help students understand complex concepts and solve problems quickly, they can also limit student creativity and make students overly reliant on technology. This all depends on the goal of the class or learning experience. It’s important that teachers monitor how students use AI-powered tools and provide guidance to ensure that students are using them in a way that fosters independent thinking and critical thinking.

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