What teachers should consider before using AI-powered tools in the classroom

What teachers should consider before using AI-powered tools in the classroom

Whether you realize it or not, artificial intelligenceor IA, is becoming an important part of daily duties in K-12 education.

Using AI-powered tools, schools can track student progress and flag those at risk of failing, teachers can customize lessons to meet individual student needs, and school leaders or district can personalize professional learning for each teacher.

AI is also transforming the jobs students prepare for, whether in technology, agriculture, medicine, or other industries.

As AI becomes more ubiquitous, educators should familiarize themselves with the topic. Here is a collection of articles and videos that Education Week has published about the influence of artificial intelligence on education.

Why Computer Science Classes Should Teach AI

School districts that are serious about expanding computer science education should consider emphasizing AI in those classrooms because it will help the next generation tackle big societal issues, according to CSforALL co-founder and executive director Leigh Ann DeLyser.

in this videoEducation Week asked scholars, activists and futurists to discuss how the school must change to meet the needs of a future we are just beginning to envision.

When teaching AI, it is also important to train students to examine it through the lens of fairness and ethics. Educators gave suggestions on how to get students to think critically about AI.

How to integrate AI into your curriculum

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A school district in Georgia designed its own AI program. In schools that are part of this AI cluster, students are introduced to AI in all subject areas as they transition from K-12. This is how the neighborhood do this.

A California high school also offered an artificial intelligence course to 12th graders. The teacher explains how he designed his course and what he learned from his first year of teaching.

Watch out for bias in AI-powered tools

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While AI can make life easier in some ways, educators should be wary of adopting the technology. Here are three reasons to be skepticalaccording to some researchers.

Educators should review the data and design processes that AI tools rely on to ensure that they have not been skewed by any type of bias. In interviews with Education Week, ed-tech experts explain why now is the time to have a broader conversation about bias in AI.

A report from the Consortium for School Networking noted that AI tools were not designed with student data privacy in mind.

President Joe Biden speaks in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus, Wednesday, June 2, 2021, in Washington.

What will President Joe Biden’s “AI Bill of Rights” do?

In October, the White House issued a Bill of Rights for AI, which serves as a guide for sectors of the economy that rely on AI. Read more about its five principles and what data privacy experts and edtech companies think of these tips.

Examples of AI-powered tools and how educators are using them

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An artificially intelligent model called Generative Pre-trained Transformer 3, informally known as GPT-3, aims to end writer’s block in writing for us. Educators wonder if it has educational benefits. Educators have also tried the technology and told us what they thought.

Voice-activated devices like Amazon Alexa and Google Home have arrived in classrooms, and educators have discussed how these devices can enhance the classroom, as well as the challenges that come with their use. A researcher also studied what kindergarten students think about using these voice-activated devices. in the classroom.


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