• Education in AI

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the potential to revolutionize teaching and learning as we know it. By using AI-powered tools and strategies, educators can personalize learning, improve student outcomes, and better prepare students for success in the digital age. AI, and particularly Generative AI, has the potential to transform our schools, classrooms and our lives outside of school.

What is AI?

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the science of making machines that can think like humans. It can do things that are considered "smart." AI technology can process extremely large amounts of data in ways, unlike humans.  Generative AI is a type of AI that can create new content, such as images, music, or text, by learning from a large data set. It works in tandem with traditional AI to provide vastly more powerful solutions, more personalized to the human user of the resource. Generative AI promises to make work more efficient and prompt thought-provoking ideas.  These technologies continue to evolve quickly over time, and guiding principles have been developed for exploring the use of Generative AI to ensure it is used in a responsible, ethical, and effective manner as we learn together how best to use this new tool.  

Ethics and AI

  • As educators and students, it is crucial to carefully evaluate both the benefits and drawbacks of any AI technology.  While the benefits are plentiful, there are limitations and considerations to AI.  Responses may occasionally generate incorrect information, known as "hallucinations", produce harmful or biased content, and may be limited to knowledge of world events prior to certain dates depending on the source of the data model. For example, the current free version of ChatGPT has a knowledge cutoff from September 2021. Privacy concerns with AI in education arise from the collection, use, and storage of personal data by educational institutions, third-party vendors, and AI systems, which can lead to potential misuse, abuse, and security breaches of sensitive information. 

Safe & Responsible Use

  • Generative AI is making headlines for its potential to transform the way we do many things, well beyond how we work. There are concerns about how to use AI in a safe, responsible, and ethical way. When using Generative AI as a tool, we need to be mindful of following best practices and expectations for citing the resource, not relying fully on the resource to generate our content, and always consider the implications of misinformation, disinformation, and malinformation. From protecting private information, to preparing for the potential for bias, examining some of the limitations and challenges surrounding AI will help us be prepared to leverage the potential of these new tools.