Adeel Khan wants every teacher to have an AI assistant.
So he’s raising capital to scale his teacher-focused artificial intelligence company, Magic School.
The former principal and teacher at Denver’s Conservatory Green High School launched Magic School four months ago in an effort to lighten teachers’ workloads.
“Our goal is an AI assistant for every teacher in the world,” Khan said. “Longer term, the goal is amazing teachers stay in the classroom and see the job as something doable and sustainable over time.”
The company has raised $2.4 million to grow its team and expand the company. The latest raise was led by Range Ventures, GSV Ventures, Rethink Education and more.
The free technology service generates lesson plans, rubrics, advice, parent newsletters and even teacher jokes. Educators enter data points to create whatever service they need.
“It takes the guesswork out of how to use AI if you’re a teacher – you don’t have to be an engineer … it makes it really really simple to use,” Khan said.
For example, a teacher can ask for a lesson plan on division for fourth-grade students using Colorado’s teaching standards and characters from Marvel in its examples. Within seconds the system spits out a plan that can be changed or adapted.
“It’s certainly not meant to be a replacement for teachers, but an assistance that will save them time,” Khan said.
He said the system is like a customized google search — it can provide a wide range of teaching tools, but it uses only information pulled from researched and established education practices.
While there will always be a free version of Magic School available, Khan said a premium version will launch later this month for about $10 a month. It was made for grades K-12, but he said some college professors and homeschooling parents use it.
Magic School has roughly 114,000 users, just over 1,000 of which are in Colorado, Khan said. He estimated Magic School gains about 4,000 new users every day, and he hopes to hit 1 million by January.
And while an asset to teachers, he emphasized Magic School is not meant to take over the position completely. The company trains new users on how to use the technology and check the information it provides.
“AI can be biased … AI can be inaccurate at times, so it’s important the teachers center themselves as the expert,” Khan said. “When you use it responsibly, it can be extraordinarily powerful.”