IBM Watson's new job: third grade math teacher advisor

Teacher Advisor will be out later this year.

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Mariella Moon
September 28th, 2016
In this article: commoncore, IBM, science, services, watson
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IBM's famous AI system has accomplished many, many things these past years, from making movie trailers to saving a person's life. Now, it's also helping teachers make lesson plans by powering Teacher Advisor, a program IBM developed with the American Federation of Teachers. If you're thinking "How hard could a grade school lesson plan be?" Well, have you seen Common Core mathematics? It's not the same math from back in the day, and teachers who didn't grow up with it might have a tough time conjuring up a way to make it more understandable. Watson's Teacher Advisor can help them create exercises and lessons to make it easier for kids to grasp Common Core math.

According to The New York Times, the program will be available for free to third-grade math teachers later this year, but that iteration's far from being the final one. IBM plans to continue developing it to add other subject areas and features that will make it useful for those teaching other topics and grade levels, as well.

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