At least 13 years we spend in class. It is mandatory to go to school until the age of 16, or, what is the same, the end of ESO. And, from then on, the possibilities of attending class are endless, baccalaureate, a career, master, specialization or recycling course, etc.
How many times, in all that time, have we heard our parents say “let’s go to school” and our immediate response has been to snort. Sure it costs to count them. And, later, 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 diverted a little. Or simply, it was our mind that escaped, without our being able to avoid it. Who has not ever happened?
Identify Students’ Emotions using AI
However, with the advent of Artificial Intelligence, this may change, since at the 11th institute in Hangzhou they have installed an intelligent facial recognition system that scans and analyzes the faces of students every 30 seconds to check their level of attention during the classes. The system is even capable of identifying whether they are happy, angry, afraid, confused or upset, and it fine-tunes it so much that it detects whether students are writing, reading, raising their hands, or falling asleep on their desk.
It is true that teachers know how to detect the latter well without the need for Artificial Intelligence. Surely there has been more than one embarrassment in class when a classmate has suddenly woken up with the fixed gaze of the teacher with a frown and the laughter of the rest of the class in the background.
But with AI, all this information that is collected on the attention or not provided by students can represent a big change in the didactic schedules of the school year or assess whether changes are introduced in 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, truancy continues to be a big problem. In fact, the term ‘nini’ is still used, which refers to young people between 15 and 35 years old who neither study nor work. The data from the 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 at the opposite extreme are the Basque Country (11.8%) and Aragon (13.2%).
Therefore, a change in class dynamics could control this problem and perhaps increase the possibilities 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 “to school. “Don’t snort and even get a smirk on your face.