In yesterday’s post on current AIEd platforms, I briefly touched on an educational artificial intelligence platform called CENTURY. I first came across this clever piece of intuitive kit during school lockdown and readily signed up because it was erm, well, free on a home trial basis, so what’s not to like?

Always on the hunt for digital technology that might help my daughter to build on her skills and plug her gaps, I readily signed up – she, less so, being 12. Over the summer, she’s bravely dipped her toe into the English Language nuggets, her struggle area, and so far we like what we see.

Studying the odd 10 minutes here and there is all very well and good over the summer break when the tech is free, but now that schools are re-opening, it’s time to put my money where my mouth is and stump up the £10 monthly fee to access the English, Maths and Science content aligned to her KS3 curriculum.

Before taking that financial stride, I popped back on to CENTURY’s website to take a closer look at how AI works and what the platform offers. Here’s what I found:

Want to know more? The Educ-AI-tion Rebooted? report states:

“CENTURY is an adaptive learning platform that uses AI to make decisions about the best pathway through learning materials for a specific student. As students learn, answer formative assessments and complete diagnostics tests, the platform’s AI gauges their strengths, weaknesses and gaps in knowledge. This enables the platform to provide appropriate scaffolding to support learning.”

This is what piqued my interest, but if you’re teacher, there’s even more to it than that:

“CENTURY also supports teachers. Its built-in assessment tools can reduce the amount of time spent marking, while insights from data analytics provide insights for teachers on student and class progress. The result is that often teachers are able to provide more effective individual support to those students who need it.”

So, we’re going to create a schedule (I haven’t shared that news with my daughter yet) and see how a £120 investment enhances the learning journey in our household during the coming academic year. One thing’s for certain – if schools are forced back into lockdown, I’ll feel self-assured that we’ll be making the most of schooling from home.

At the end of Year 8, I’ll post feedback on our personal experience.