At a minimum, there are 13 years we spent in class. It is mandatory to go to school until age 16, or, what is the same, the end of the ESO. And, from then on, the possibilities of attending class are endless, high school, a career, master’s degree, specialization or recycling course, etc.
How many times, in all that time, we have heard our parents say “let’s go to school” and our immediate response has been to snort. Surely it costs to count them. And then, once in class, there were so many things to discuss with friends that sometimes the time between class and class fell short, and while the teacher explained, perhaps the attention was slightly diverted. Or simply, it was our mind that escaped, without us being able to avoid it. Who has not ever happened?
Identify students’ emotions through AI
However, with the arrival of Artificial Intelligence, this may change, since at Hangzhou Institute 11 they have installed an intelligent facial recognition system that scans and analyzes the students’ faces every 30 seconds to check their level of attention during the classes. Even the system is able to identify if they are happy, angry, afraid, confused or upset, and refines so much that it can detect if the students are writing, reading, if they raise their hands or if they have fallen asleep on their desk.
It is true that the latter can be well detected by teachers without the need for Artificial Intelligence. Surely more than one embarrassment has been in class when a classmate has suddenly woken up with the teacher’s frown and the laughter of the rest of the case in the background.
But with AI, all this information that is collected about the attention or not that the students provide can represent a great change in the didactic programming of the school year or assess whether changes are made in the current teaching methods to get students to learn more efficiently and feel more motivated and participatory during classes.
Andalusia, Extremadura and the Canary Islands; the communities with more ‘ninis’
In Spain, school absenteeism continues to be a big problem. In fact, the term ‘nini’ is still used, which refers to young people between 15 and 35 who neither study nor work. The data from last year 2017 in this regard are overwhelming, according to official data from the Ministry of Education : the three communities with the highest percentage of ‘ninis’ are Andalusia (26.6%), Extremadura (23.9%) and the Canary Islands (21, 1%) ; while the Basque Country (11.8%) and Aragón (13.2%) are at the opposite extreme.
Therefore, a change in class dynamics could control this problem and perhaps increase the chances of improving the interest of young people to attend school and to learn, which can lead to what, and perhaps, when they hear the words “at school ”, Do not snort and even have a smile on their faces .