Choosito Is Using Artificial Intelligence To Build A Better Search Engine and Digital Library For Education.
With literally billions of entries found in Google’s search rankings, it’s not a very effective search platform for students. Many results are inaccurate, have outdated information or are even inappropriate for K-12 students. But today’s students grew up “Googling it”. Walk through the mall, the grocery store or the library and you’re likely to hear parents telling children as young as five to “just Google it”.
While you may think this is the fundamental part of research, at the scholastic level you couldn’t be further from the truth. With paper practically absent from today’s classroom, the fundamentals of research have been thrown out the window for quicker more instantaneous access to information.
Dr. Eleni Mitsakaki has set out to create a better, more effective, and safer way for students to search and learn. Her startup, Choosito, is backed by the National Science Foundation and is paving the way for teachers to have a research tool that helps students access the information they need.
With Choosito, teachers, and by proxy students, have access to hundreds of thousands of sites. Teachers can easily create standards aligned resource collections. They can make sure result correlate to standards and their curriculum objectives in ways you just can’t with Google, Bing or Oath.
With Choosito resources are organized by both reading level and subject area.
I think this program is excellent because it provides training grounds to teach students how to use the internet for research. I love that it ranks sources by reading level! Britiny-Rae an elementary school teacher says on the Choosito website.
Choosito is far more effective than content filtering solutions. The resources found using Choosito are continually curated and optimized by both teachers and students. Students have the ability to rate the resource (result). They can rate the quality of the result so if it’s really good then it will appear quicker and if it’s not so good it can move to the bottom or be replaced all together.
Within Choosito instructors can customize the experience all the way down to the types of sites it returns. For instance, a teacher can decide to totally block shopping sites so their students will never see shopping site in their results.
Choosito recently completed the LearnLaunch accelerator and they are currently an IBM Watson AI XPRIZE e contender.
See the future of AI and Search with Choosito in the Pitch Pavilion at FETC 2018 in Orlando Florida, January 23-26th and check them out online at choosito.com
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