The artificial intelligence of machines is now being used to build real
intelligence in human students, especially when it comes to developing
writing skills. Three innovative software programs designed to support
classroom writing instruction have been selected for nationwide
classroom trials this fall. These programs give students instant
feedback on their essays, helping them learn to write more effective
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One such artificial intelligence program is PEG (Project Essay Grade). PEG and programs like her can be a great help to harried classroom teachers.
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In a recent interview with Education Week, 7th grade English teacher JimPence explained how using artificial intelligence to evaluate student writing helps him in the classroom: "My students completed 28 essays -- that was per student, and I taught 130 students per day. Each one of those was submitted for assessment an average of six times, so that's well over 20,000 drafts that were assessed and graded, just for my classroom."
How does PEG work? According to the program's website, "Although computers can neither 'read' nor 'understand' your essay in the traditional sense, it can describe (in numeric terms) many of its characteristics... New measures are being identified every day as thefireld of computational linguistics and natural language processing continues to advance."
PEG isn't perfect yet, but she is a step forward. With humans and machines working together in the classroom, the sky's the limit!
Sources: Education Week, PEGwriting.com