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Pearson Calculus App Uses AI to Provide Personalized Learning

Aida Calculus app

Pearson has introduced Aida Calculus, an app using artificial intelligence to create a customized learning experience for students.

The app can help students solve problems by allowing them to type in an equation or take a photo of their homework into the app. Aida analyzes the student's work and provides feedback on each line of their problem.

Based on the level of student engagement with Aida, the app will provide suggestions for practice problems, related examples or videos that explain how specific concepts work in the real world. Aida has more than 30 original explainer videos and 150 short instructional videos to help students master concepts and skills.

"Aida is a groundbreaking use of AI to enable learning. It's the first step we're making in redesigning education for the talent economy by addressing a major, and often unseen, barrier to STEM careers," said Pearson CEO John Fallon. "With millions of STEM jobs going unfilled, we can't afford to leave talented students behind and the world can't afford to lose much needed engineers, economists and computer scientists."

Aida Calculus is the first offering under Pearson's Aida brand. The app is available for free in the Apple App Store in November and December; Pearson plans to introduce a subscription model in 2020.

About the Author

Sara Friedman is a reporter/producer for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe covering education policy and a wide range of other public-sector IT topics.

Friedman is a graduate of Ithaca College, where she studied journalism, politics and international communications.

Friedman can be contacted at sfriedman@1105media.com or follow her on Twitter @SaraEFriedman.

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