How to encourage your children to learn about big data and modern technologies

Education   |   
Published March 25, 2019   |   

Modern technology is progressing at a faster rate than it ever has in the past. And this is a rate that’s only getting quicker as time goes on. New technologies are being announced seemingly every other day, and while as parents it might feel like you’re being left behind, it’s important to remember this is the world your children will be growing up in.

With this in mind, it’s important to make sure your children are taking an interest in modern technology and understanding how it works and how it progresses. As we can see from the latest Cambridge Analytical situation and the following court cases, there are a vast amount of people in control of the country which have no idea how the technology works.

This is worrying, and goes to show that children need to be introduced to the likes of big data, AI (artificial intelligence), and machine learning from a young age to grasp it, but how can you encourage this?

Today, we’re going to explore everything you need to know to encourage your children to take an interest, helping them to live a more educated future.

Get Involved Yourself

As a parent, your children look up to you and see you as a role model, and there’s a lot of things you’ll do that your children will then try to emulate. While this can be a negative thing if you accidentally slip a curse word in front of them, it can also be a positive thing if you’re using it in the right way and getting actively involved in your child’s learning process.

“While you may not understand AI and machine learning, why not challenge yourself to take a genuine interest in it and what it is. If you don’t know anything about it, then that’s perfect because you can spend time learning about it at the same level as your child” explains Ben Taylor, an author for Last Minute Writing.

Use a Reward System

Kids thrive when they’re operating on a task/reward system. If they do something well and they get a reward, they’re going to want to do it again. So, instead of letting them sit and play Fortnite for hours on end, let them learn for an hour or so, and then spend hour playing games or doing whatever they like to do.

Not only does that mean your children will be living a life with balance, but they’ll also be learning about something important that will benefit them in the future.

Look for Authentic Resources

Even if your child does want to learn about AI and other modern technologies, you’re going to need the resources at hand to actually teach them the facts. Fortunately, the internet has a wealth of data at your disposal. Of course, you’re going to need to be proactive in finding content that’s suitable for your child’s learning ability, so make sure you’re searching for this, not just the first article to pop up on the web.

“Fortunately, there are plenty of apps, websites, and videos designed for this exact purpose, so you’ll want to make sure you’re Googling whatever topic you’re looking for, and then using these materials when you want to use them” shares Larry Harper, a regular contributor for Draftbeyond and Writinity.

Let Mistakes Happen

When it comes to your children learning about complicated subjects, it’s important to realize and remember that are mistakes are going to happen, and they’re not going to know everything straight away. As a parent who’s educating their children, it’s imperative that you know this and allows it.

It’s okay for your children to make mistakes because it’s all part of the learning process. If you can angry or frustrated that mistakes are happening, you’re going to put your child off what they’re learning, and they won’t want to learn with you, and the process will not be enjoyable for anybody involved.

Get Assistance from Other People

There’s no reason you have to teach your children alone, especially since there are plenty of options out there for you to choose from such as tutors, teachers, and colleges that all offer services that help to teach in these areas.

Of course, since these are relatively new subjects on the grand scale of things, the availability of these services will depend on where you are and the nature of what’s in your area. However, as access and information on these technologies become more and more widespread, more and more services like this will be made available.

While on this subject, there are plenty of older students out there who may be happy to earn a little bit of extra money through tutoring services. The rates of these students are typically quite affordable, and it can help to have someone who’s outside the education system 9as such) but still know what they’re talking about.

Understand the Context is Simple

There’s no denying that when you hear phrases like ‘Artificial Intelligence’ and ‘Deep/Machine Learning,’ it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with the concept instantly and feel put off when it comes to learning any more about it.

However, the concepts are simpler than you may think. Since time began and technology has existed, humans have always been in control of machinery and the direction technology is heading, but this ceases to be the case.

Think of these concepts as machine-orientated human brains. Whereas a human brain can learn from the day, it’s born and process information and evolve to get better at doing things because of it, scientists have now developed machines that can do the same.

Imagine watching a bird flying. You know that birds fly because the term ‘bird’ is stored in your brain and you’ve seen birds fly daily. On the same hand, machines with AI technology can now analyze patterns in large quantities of data that can do the same thing.

This is all AI is on a basic level, and of course, while there’s more information to it than this, just imagine being a digital, machine-based representation of being a baby. It will learn to grow in time and through the experiences it has, and that’s all there is to it!