Numerade is Already in 100+ Districts: Boosting Student Engagement and Closing Learning Gaps

Last month OpenAI began their first public partnership with Arizona State University, marking the first instance of a higher educational institution publicly integrating AI throughout its system. Furthermore, a recent McGraw Hill survey of educators and students found that most students (62%) and instructors (58%) believe AI will lead to positive gains in education

ASU won’t be the only school to integrate AI throughout their institution and, as current data shows, students and educators agree AI will improve academic performance. With this in mind,  Numerade and our proprietary, generative AI tutor, Ace, are the answer for any academic institution looking for support in closing current learning gaps.

Current AI Engagement on Numerade

Numerade’s AI tutor, Ace, is a generative artificial intelligence that users can directly chat with, ask for help, and more. Ace has been informed by over a decade of deep focus on scaling the benefits of tutoring for students globally. 

Ace has been a popular feature with users, with students exchanging an average 40 messages a day per chat session with Ace and increasing site retention by 40%. This high level of engagement is a testament to the platform’s effectiveness and its wide acceptance among students.

What This Means for Schools

The statistic above isn’t just an interesting fact; it has profound implications from an educational standpoint. For many, the primary concern of AI integration in schools has to do with cheating. The fact that our average user exchanges 40 messages a day with our AI disproves this notion. If students were using AI for cheating, this number would be much lower since students would just be asking for an answer. 

What we’re seeing is students engaging with Ace on a deep, thoughtful level. Students are unpacking STEM topics, exploring specific concepts, and actively seeking understanding rather than an easy answer. Additionally, over 100 school districts have organically incorporated Numerade into their classes leading to several significant improvements:

  • Increased Access to Educational Resources: Our platform provides a variety of instructional materials including video lessons and explanations, practice quizzes, and much more. This helps improve access to educational resources for students in districts that may not have the budget for expensive materials. 
  • Improved Student Learning Outcomes: Through our innovative, interactive format, students can better understand concepts through hands-on, personalized learning features.
  • Teacher Workload: Educators can make use of our features to quickly and easily create custom instructional materials, assignments, quizzes, and more, saving educators hours of time.

What Makes Our Advanced AI The Most Capable of Closing STEM Learning Gaps

There are several different AI and AI “wrappers” currently available but none of them are as ideal for the classroom as Ace. 

Numerade’s Foundational Model

Other AI models or wrappers may work as stopgaps for student and educator support but are not viable as a long-term solution due to their inaccuracies and other flaws. However, McGraw Hill’s recent survey also found that many students and instructors would feel more comfortable using AI tools if they were vetted by a trusted academic source. This is why our AI tutor, Ace, is the perfect solution for academic institutions. 

Our engineers built and developed the foundational model and algorithms for Ace leveraging a library of 5 million human educator-created, pedagogically aligned videos. This library, along with student-site interactions and other classroom-specific data, constantly feeds into our AI model, which incorporates both best-in-class open and closed-source foundational models and our own custom-designed deterministic models. This unique combination, further enhanced by a continuous feedback loop from human educators, allows Ace to identify student stumbling blocks with high accuracy and provide effective support.

Additionally, we can use this information to assist schools from an administrative level, illustrating the specific steps where students typically struggle, and enabling them to tailor their teaching strategies accordingly. 

A New Learning Experience for Students

For students, having access to 24/7 support is invaluable. Traditional classroom settings are often limited by the availability of teachers, who, due to their schedules, aren’t always accessible. Every AI can claim 24/7 availability but Ace is the most helpful and pedagogically accurate because it’s been developed to assist a student and explain concepts the same way an educator would because it is trained on educator data.

Furthermore, Ace’s support doesn’t just stop at STEM subjects. The AI has been designed to provide holistic academic support, extending its assistance to humanities as well. From outlining essays to aiding them in multiple different classes, the AI is equipped to accompany students throughout their academic journey.

A Valuable Aid for Teachers

We dive into this subject in-depth in our Teacher’s Guide to AI article but we’ll break down the basics here. 

On average educators work 50 hours a week with less than half of this time being spent on direct instruction with students. The majority of an educator’s work week is usually comprised of:

  • Material preparation and Lesson planning
  • Administrative tasks such as grading, tracking data, and other evaluations
  • Professional development

These are all areas in which AI can support educators and administrators. Educators can use Ace to instantly create worksheets and quizzes as well as associated answer keys. Additionally, they can easily use Ace to assist in the creation of charts or graphs for tracking student data such as grades, IEP behavioral data, and more. Lastly, administrators and educators alike can use Ace to create an improvement plan for professional development.

Academic institutions can trust Ace’s output because Ace is trained specifically on educator and student-relevant data. Using Ace can help save instructors a significant amount of time and allow them to focus more on their core task – teaching.

An Opportunity for AI Education

We understand educators may worry AI will impersonalize learning and prioritize data over human connection. We look at these concerns as an opportunity to bridge the gap between AI and educators, parents, and students. 

We understand why these concerns may occur but, in actuality, AI vastly improves the personalization of education by tailoring the learning experience to each student’s needs. Data collection isn’t some emotionless obsession, but a tool to improve the AI for the student’s benefit – just like how teachers use data from grades and assignments to adapt their lessons.  In essence, AI can become another valuable tool in the teacher’s toolkit, not a replacement for their crucial role. By fostering open communication and education around AI, we can ensure it enhances, rather than hinders, the vital student-teacher relationship.

Pairing AI with a Multimodal Approach: The Key to Academic Success

We’ve always embraced a multimodal approach because education doesn’t take place through one channel alone. This is why our video lessons are enhanced with auditory explanations and a visual “whiteboard-style” presentation of STEM concepts. 

We believe that our AI will enhance the multimodal experience for students in several ways:

  • Personalized Learning: Students can upload their past tests and assignments to Ace which can then analyze that student’s performance data and provide feedback tailored to suit that student’s needs and strengths.
  • Adaptive Hands-On Learning: Ace can adjust difficulty levels, provide targeted feedback, and identify areas needing reinforcement in real time. Furthermore Ace provides a judgment-free environment in which students can explore concepts and solve similar problems at their own pace.
  • Automated Content Delivery: Ace can curate and deliver multimodal learning materials based on a student’s progress, learning style, and specific needs. This frees up teachers’ time to focus on personalized guidance and complex topics.

Overall, pairing AI with a multimodal approach creates a dynamic and personalized learning environment that caters to diverse learning styles, keeps students engaged, and equips teachers with the tools to maximize academic success for all.

Conclusion: Building on Success for a Brighter Future

Our journey has been deeply rewarding. We’ve already found success with our feature, and our data underscores that students are highly engaged and learning effectively on our platform. However, we believe that success is not a destination; it’s a journey.

We are committed to building upon our success to ensure that Numerade continues to evolve as a gateway to true academic understanding, rather than simply hand out answers like similar services. With a clear understanding of the power of digital platforms in shaping the future of education, we are poised to make a significant difference in the way students learn and teachers teach.

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  • Rob Shield

    Rob Shield is based out of Columbus, Ohio. As Numerade's copywriter, Rob uses their extensive background in education to inform and shape the topics and content posted to the blog for educators, parents, and students alike.