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A Technologist Spent Years Building an AI Chatbot Tutor. He Decided It Can’t Be Done.

ED Surge

When Satya Nitta worked at IBM, he and a team of colleagues took on a bold assignment: Use the latest in artificial intelligence to build a new kind of personal digital tutor. Nitta says he was optimistic that Watson could power a generalized tutor, but he knew the task would be extremely difficult. “I

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Can Interactive Whiteboards Revitalize Online High-Dose Tutoring?

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After the pandemic, the nationwide adoption of online high-dose tutoring was expected to address deepening educational disparities. Some school districts have opted for in-person high-dose tutoring. So, is the low effectiveness of high-dose tutoring simply due to its online nature?

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PROOF POINTS: Research evidence increases for intensive tutoring

The Hechinger Report

A March 2021 study found that high school students learned two to three times as much math as their peers from a daily dose of tutoring at school. Yet some of the strongest research evidence points to an intensive type of tutoring as a way to help children catch up. Credit: Michael Dougherty for The Hechinger Report.

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‘High-Dose’ Tutoring Boosts Student Scores. Will It Also Work Online?

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The good news is that this particular malady has a prescription for treatment: “high-dose” tutoring — a concentrated form of small-group study that meets multiple times per week. The trials showed that for low-income ninth and 10th graders, high-dose tutoring led to a “sizeable” improvement (0.18 Watered Down?

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PROOF POINTS: Uncertain evidence for online tutoring

The Hechinger Report

How well does online tutoring work? The federal government is pushing schools to spend a big chunk of their $122 billion in federal American Rescue Plan funds on tutoring , but bringing in armies of tutors into school buildings is a logistical nightmare. Online tutoring is a tempting solution.

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Do Chatbot Tutors Work Better When They're Upbeat — and Female?

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Since the sudden arrival of ChatGPT just a few months ago, there’s renewed interest in using AI chatbots as tutors. So as we get to that point, we should understand, ‘What should the characteristics be of those tutors?’ ‘How The tech itself raises a host of challenging questions. One possible solution?

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What Have Schools Learned So Far About Effective Tutoring?

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School districts around the country have rolled out tutoring programs at a feverish pace with the help of federal relief funds, intent on helping struggling students get back on track academically after the disruption caused when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down schools. The organization picked a diverse set of nine districts to study.