Facial Recognition Technology in the Classroom

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How can facial recognition technology improve education? This is the question we asked our summer marketing interns to investigate over the past week.

Here’s a link to the first article covering their findings written by Hanping Lee, a computer science student at the University of Nottingham in the UK, entitled “Maximizing Classroom Performance with Facial Recognition Technology.”

One of the benefits of deploying the technology in the classroom is that it provides teachers with a much clearer and more granular picture of how their students respond to their teaching. As Hanping points out, it can thus help teachers to “recognize different student emotions in class, measure their levels of interest, frustration, and comprehension, and use this information to adjust their styles accordingly.”

With the information that can be gleaned from analyzing student reactions, teachers can more easily tailor their lessons to meet their specific needs and deliver the curriculum in more effective and appealing ways.

Naturally, we are still in the very early stages of development and implementation of facial recognition technology in the classroom, but as Hanping argues it has the potential to “make education more student-centered, competency-based, and dynamic than ever before.”

Facial Recognition Technology may have a particularly critical role to play in improving education for special needs students. This is the subject of the second article in this series. We will publish it on Friday.

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