Mark Schneider on AI supports to human work

Thought leaders share ideas with WorkingNation Overheard at JFF Horizons 2023

Historically, as routine jobs become automated it leads to the creation of more jobs, according to Mark Schneider, director, Institute of Education Sciences – an arm of the U.S. Department of Education.

WorkingNation sat down with Schneider at JFF Horizons in New Orleans.

Regarding AI, Schneider says, “The opportunities are great, and the question is, ‘How are we going to actually implement AI?’”

He offers an example, “There are many, many students that need help with regard to speech and language pathology, and the number of speech pathologists in schools is small and declining. What happens is that students with speech and language pathologies get drive-by assessments. They don’t get the in-depth assessments that they need.”

“The idea behind this is to do an AI-driven universal screening. All students could sit before a monitor and do an assessment screening – all assisted by AI,” explains Schneider.

He continues, “I think the idea of not replacing teachers, but freeing up the burden on them so they could do the things that only humans and only teachers could do. They could work much more closely with students.”

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