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Attal wants to raise the level of French high school students thanks to artificial intelligence

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Apr18,2024

 Attal wants to raise the level of French high school students thanks to artificial intelligence

F. Froger/Z9, for FranceSoir Gabriel Attal at the Elysée, June 14, 2022.

Tuesday November 5, during the presentation of his school plan, Gabriel Attal promised the generalization of an artificial intelligence tool in high school to raise the level of French and maths. The application is called MIA and should be used by 800,000 second-year students from September 2024.

At the start of the 2023 school year, he had barely taken up his post as Minister of Education when the rising star of Macronism already wanted to “put the emphasis on fundamental knowledge”. He did not say how, and he did not wait for the debates of the “Presidential Science Council” to make it known.

The idea is to rely on MIA (for “interactive and adaptive module”), an application developed by EvidenceB. With some 20,000 adaptive exercises in maths and French, the latter relies on the technique known as adaptive learning to assess a student's level, then their progress, to offer them adequate and progressive work. Goodbye notebooks, everything will be done on computer, tablet or smartphone. Thierry de Vulpillières, former director of educational partnerships at Microsoft and co-founder of EvidenceB, assures that this is a meeting between AI and cognitive sciences.

For smooth development, the application is coded to offer exercises that are systematically just above the student's level: “neither too easy, so as not to bore, nor too difficult, so as not to discourage”.< /p>

And the professor in all this? He will have access to a dashboard, from which he can monitor student progress, but also and above all possible blockages. If we need to make up for any shortcomings, it will be up to him to play. That being said, it will certainly take some time for teachers to adapt to really find their place in this type of teaching.

One wonders if this innovation is really designed for the for the good of Education, or for that of technological competition. While artificial intelligence has become one of the key subjects of the future, France is trying to do well beyond Europe.

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Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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