Annelies Wiggers, Co-Creation Manager of mAIchart, kicked off the project together with Teacher-in-Residence Kilian Geryszewski. Other NOLAI people also joined in for the occasion. However, it was mainly the (virtual) presence of all the teachers involved that gave this meeting a positive touch.
Kick-Off of project mAIchart with Dutch schools
This week saw the kick-off of one of NOLAI's first co-creation projects: mAIchart. In this project, we will investigate how AI can support teachers in teaching mathematics. The aim is to develop an application that will give teachers an overview and insight into the development of their students.
Lots of Data
Primary school teachers deal with a lot of data from different sources every day. Take maths, for example. Upper secondary school students complete hundreds of weekly arithmetic assignments in various adaptive teaching aids. Besides the daily mathematical method and method tests, there are also the Cito or IEP tests from the student monitoring system, sometimes in the online environment of Snappet or Gynzy. And perhaps there are additional methods like Rekensprint, or additional tests like Bareka...
The Teacher as the Data Analyst
All those results from all those students generate so much information that it is almost impossible to keep track. Priscilla, one of the teachers involved in mAIchart, comments: "You almost have to be a data analyst as a teacher to keep track of your student's development." Moreover, there is hardly any time to look at and compare all the data from all the different sources. But this is where AI comes in, as it is precisely AI that can process large amounts of data.
Insight and Overview in One App
"It would save a lot of searching and work for teachers if you could combine the different systems," says Mariël, another teacher collaborating on mAIchart. The question is: can AI merge, analyse and present the different data streams in a dashboard in such a way that it actually supports the teacher? Together with the teachers involved, we want to develop an application that gives them an overview and insight into their students' numeracy skills at a detailed level.
Teacher-in-Residence Kilian: "I am extremely curious to see what will happen when we combine exercise software, method software and pupil monitoring systems Cito and IEP. What kind of a treasure trove of data will we get? And can we recognise patterns in that?"
A detailed picture of the whole learning context enables teachers to evaluate and possibly adjust teaching, be responsive, and deliver tailor-made education. Teacher Benjamin hopes that an application linking methodology and Cito results will provide "more differentiation, more clarity, and more insight". Mariël also thinks she will be able to differentiate more easily with the help of mAIchart. "What I also find interesting is: how can you start grouping individual data so that you don't provide individual education? If we can achieve this with mAIchart, I think it will make work easier."
In mAIchart, we work together with teachers and policy staff from Lucas Education, Stichting VierTaal and Scala. The project's co-creation team consists of Co-Creation Manager Annelies Wiggers and Teacher-in-Tesidence Kilian Geryszewski. From NOLAI, Postdoc Evi Topali, Associate Lecturer Pierre Gorissen (Arnhem and Nijmegen University of Applied Sciences) and Professor Johan Jeuring (Utrecht University) are also collaborating on this project. The application is (initially) being developed for mathematics education in groups 5 and 6 of primary education.
Over three years, project mAIchart will go through three phases: the concept phase, the development phase and the validation phase. The concept phase dominates this school year: a problem analysis is carried out, and the pedagogical-didactical design of the dashboard is developed and improved.