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Purposeful Integration of AI in Education: Beyond the Hype

In the last seven weeks, we’ve worked our way through seven distinct tools with a variety of uses.  Each tool has unique aspects, with tools that enhance creativity, lesson creation, and overall productivity.  These tools offer so much potential. You can revisit each tool that we’ve talked about including its use, price, and the dedicated post here

Reflecting on tools we’ve shared and the one’s we’re eager to share, it is easy to get inundated with all the options and possibilities.  Let’s pause and reflect.  While it’s exciting that we have all these tools it can lead to overwhelm.  It’s important to decide how to navigate moving forward and not use AI just to use AI, but to choose to use it purposeful.

A Piece of Advice

Many years ago, I attended a technology session—a whirlwind of new tools and resources that left me excited but also overwhelmed.  Where would I start? What’s are my next steps? Which one do I use first?  Along with all these resources came this piece of advice: Don’t use technology just for the sake of using technology.  Make it purposeful.  This is something that I’ve carried with me as I’ve use technology in my own classroom and have felt the overwhelm of multiple tools, resources and website that are out there.  This same advice can be important when we navigate the rapidly evolving world of AI.  It’s important that we don’t just use AI for the sake of using AI but to select tools and uses that help us with our goals.  If that means that you only choose to use one tool, that’s okay.

Strategies to Mange the Overwhelm

Keep the Human in the Loop

When you are exploring tools it’s important to keep the human element a the front of your examination.  A saying that you hear us often say!  We always want to consider if the tools are FERPA or COPA compliant, ensuring student data and privacy.  If you are using tools that are not compliant with these laws you may want to consider what information you are entering.  Remember we don’t every put personal identifiable information such as date of birth, names or social security numbers.  You also want to check to make sure that the tools you use align with your school or district policies.  

Review the Tools You’re Using and Explore New Ones

There are so many tools out there now and it I feels like someone suggests a new one every day.  It might be helpful to review the tools you’re using to make sure they serve the purpose you intend.  Explore new tools as well. We can help with that as we continue to share different tools each week. TCEA Technotes has a great checklist to use that can help evaluate tools as well. 

Ethical Considerations

I know I mentioned this above but I can not say it enough. We want to continue to evaluate ethical considerations. Keep the HUMAN in the loop.  Check for accuracy and bias with the outputs given.  Make it yours and decide whether or not you need to disclose that you’ve used AI. Using this lens and teaching our students how to use this lens allows these tools to enhance the educational process instead of hindering it.

Continue to Explore!

As we continue to explore the many AI tools, we will help you to do it with intention and purpose. I encourage you to share your experiences, challenges, and successes with AI in the comments below, on Facebook or on our Twitter page.  The conversation is better with you in it!  

-Stay Curious, Stay Innovative!

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AI Transparency: Chat GPT was used to help develop this post.  Chat GPT 15%, Human 85%.  This week is our break and without fail I am sick so I leaned a little more heavily on Chat GPT. I wrote out several ideas and thoughts (very scattered) and then asked chat gpt to organize them into a outline. I also found myself asking Chat GPT to make sentences a little more concise, definely helpful when you have a fuzzy brain.

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