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January 3, 2024 / AI Blog

Teacher’s Guide to AI: Apply your knowledge – Accessibility

About this guide 

In this multi-blog series, we will help you understand better about the dos and don’ts of AI in education. While AI has great potential opportunities and applications in the classroom, it is important to understand that it alone cannot provide wholly sound and reliable materials for instruction, and teachers still need pedagogically designed curriculum and content vetted by Subject Matter Experts for effective education. 

This guide was entirely written, reviewed, and vetted by a team of Subject Matter Experts in the fields of Technology, Data Science and AI, and Early Childhood Education. ChatGPT was used for assistance in idea generation, research, and generating examples. 

Before you jump in… 

Have you checked out our Teacher’s Guide to AI: The Dos and Don’ts of AI in ECE? We highly recommend you start there, as the guide outlines the frameworks used in this example and important considerations when using AI for classroom instruction!


Apply your knowledge – Practical Examples for Teachers  

Below, we will introduce a scenario within a larger theme, generate outputs following the WISER© framework, and apply the VALID guide to identify areas of caution, where possible refinement, adjustments, or additional/alternative sources may be needed. 

Remember, the purpose here is not for you to take the example verbatim or to make any claims about specific activities/generated output you should or shouldn’t use in your classroom, but to treat this as applied “practice” so that you can incorporate it in your day-to-day responsibly and with more confidence! Ready? Here we go! 

THEME: Accessibility 

AI features like speech recognition, translation*, and text-to-speech can help make lessons accessible and understandable for students with different abilities and learning needs. However, this has to be done with student safety in mind and be vetted by experts that understand the nuances. Example: 

*NOTE: Regarding making content accessible via translations, keep in mind that they are not 100% accurate. Google Translate for example, an industry leader, is about 86% accurate – fine for most use, but probably not for foundational academic discourse. (https://phrase.com/blog/posts/is-google-translate-accurate/) 

Want more examples? We created more scenarios across different themes just like this one: