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January 3, 2024 / AI Blog

Teacher’s Guide to AI: Apply your knowledge – Springboard Professional Development/Research example

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: Springboard for Professional Development/Research:  

As stated, AI systems are trained on massive amounts of data, particularly text, articles, and pages indexed from the internet. To that end, it can serve as a great starting off point to get high level summaries of teaching frameworks, compare methodologies and philosophies around education, ideas for sources to extend research, etc. Keep in mind however, AI systems do not have access to up to dat-e information (unless you provide it data/train it), and should not be treated as a source of truth or authority on a topic. Example: 

*NOTE: Admittedly, this example is a tad more advanced than the others provided in this series, as it requires a higher level access to chatGPT that allows for more robust features like feeding it files or internet access to browse web pages (which are NOT capabilities of the base level, free ChatGPT access), but we wanted to showcase the possibilities! Even with base access, you can still kick off research by asking the AI to explain certain methodologies and provide reputable sources/organizations you could check out to learn more J 

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