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    6 Ways Educators Can Use AI

    by Ellen Ullman, on Feb 21, 2024 10:33:58 AM

    When I recently searched for AI articles, here are a few that popped up:

    A robot wrote this entire article. Are you scared yet, human?
    AI Poses 'Risk of Extinction,' Industry Leaders Warn
    You're right to be scared of AI: White House advisor, Ivy …
    The Only Way to Deal With the Threat From AI? Shut It Down

    Holy fear tactics, Batman!

    Rachelle Dené Poth is not surprised.

    “As long as technology has evolved, something has always been scary,” says Poth, a teacher, edtech consultant, presenter, attorney, and author. “In reality, we’ve been using AI for a long time in things like fraud protection and Netflix recommendations.”

    Poth says that educators are in the best position to help students understand how to use AI, but that they must use it and model that usage. “Remember when computers in the classroom shook the world? AI is just another tool. It’s moving fast, and you need to be cognizant of ethics and bias , but it can be a very helpful resource.”

    Here are six ways teachers can use AI.

    1. Write an AI classroom policy. Make sure it includes guidance on personal data, implicit bias, ethical usage, and how to verify information.

    2. Enhance communications. Teachers spend a lot of time communicating with students and families, grading, and providing feedback. AI can help with all of these tasks, including helping you find different ways to say the same thing. With a unified communication platform like Bloomz, you can deliver messages in your parents’ preferred languages and texts with human-like voices using AI technology.

    3. Try something new. Use AI to generate innovative lesson plans, hands-on activities, presentations, and personalized assessments, reigniting your teaching approach and creating a more enriching experience for your students.

    4. Deliver bad news. Stuck trying to say something unpleasant without being unpleasant? AI can help you craft difficult messages with tact and empathy by offering language suggestions to convey bad news sensitively, compassionately, and professionally.

    5. Differentiate lessons. AI can analyze individual student data to create customized lessons that address specific performance levels, strengths, weaknesses, and other relevant analytics.

    6. Develop ice breakers. AI can design engaging “getting to know you” activities that foster a positive and inclusive classroom environment, encouraging students to develop crucial interpersonal skills and build meaningful relationships.

    “Try doing different tasks with AI to see what it’s capable of,  always with the lens of viewing for safety and ethics,” says Poth. She suggests teachers share how they use AI with parents so that everyone sees its usefulness. 

    A Few AI Tools (other than ChatGPT)
    There are almost 12,000 AI apps. Find new ones using There’s An AI For That or try one of these that Poth recommends:

    • Brisk Teaching: A Chrome extension that analyzes student writing, levels texts, gives feedback, and more.
    • Canva Magic Write: A text-to-image generator that helps with presentations, graphics. brainstorming , and more.
    • Class Companion: Give instant feedback on written assignments
    • Curipod: Type in a topic and you get a ready-to-go lesson with text, images, and activities.
    • Eduaide.Ai: Offers more than 100 resources to create and translates content into more than 15 languages.
    • Lesson plan, differentiate, write assessments and IEPs.
    • Snorkl: A tool for students to record and share their learning and receive AI-powered feedback.

    Topics:artificial intelligenceClassroom TipsClassroomCommunication Platforms