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Beijing school uses AI to keep an eye on pupils

Aim is to modify teaching methods based on how pupils react in class, amid govt push for more IT use in schools

The hallways are filled with the sound of pupils singing and reciting from Chinese texts during a recent visit one weekday morning to Liangxiang No. 4 Elementary School in Beijing.

In music and language classes, it is not just teachers who keep an eye on the children - two classrooms were recently fitted with an artificial intelligence (AI) system that keeps watch on how pupils behave and react to lessons in class.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 29, 2018, with the headline 'Beijing school uses AI to keep an eye on pupils'. Print Edition | Subscribe