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Enhancing Instruction and Empowering Educators with AI Tools and Technology

Author: Rex Liinfo@ciddl.org

The integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in education is rapidly gaining momentum and has the potential to revolutionize the way teachers and educational professionals guide student learning. While the critical presence of teachers is undoubtedly irreplaceable, AI is set to bring about significant changes to the roles and responsibilities of educators, as well as to educational best practices. From providing personalized learning experiences to automating administrative tasks and grading, AI has the potential to greatly assist educators in their efforts to educate the next generation.

Integration of AI in Teaching

As AI technology continues to evolve and advance, its application in the field of education is also growing. For example, AI is already being used in a variety of educational tools, from skill-building and testing systems to personalized learning experiences. The goal of integrating AI into education is to help fill the gaps in learning and teaching and to allow schools and teachers to do more than ever before.

By leveraging the strengths of both machines and teachers, AI has the potential to drive efficiency, extend individualization, and streamline administrative tasks. This can free up teachers to focus on providing understanding and adaptability - uniquely human capabilities that machines may struggle with. The vision for AI in education is one of collaboration and partnership, where the best attributes of both are utilized for the benefit of students.

Specifically, teachers can integrate AI tools into their instruction in a variety of ways. This includes using AI-powered platforms to (a) increase student access to instruction by allowing for greater alignment with Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles, (b) personalize lessons and assignments for students, especially for those requiring additional support needs, and (c) better manage workload by automating grading and administrative tasks.

Access and Alignment with UDL

AI technology has the potential to make classrooms more inclusive and accessible for all students, regardless of their learning needs. For example, teachers can easily provide necessary accommodations and resources for students with visual or hearing impairments, or who are English language learners on demand using AI tools. This can also expand opportunities for students unable to attend school due to illness or who require specialized learning settings.

Improved Differentiation in Instruction

AI technology can help teachers tailor their lessons and assignments to the individual needs of their students. By using algorithms, AI can analyze collected data on a student's strengths and weaknesses, providing a comprehensive view of their areas of need. This approach can be particularly beneficial for students with disabilities, allowing them to learn at their own pace and in a way that is best suited to their individual needs.

Efficiency via Automation

Educators spend a tremendous amount of time on paperwork and various time-consuming tasks both during and after their typical work hours in the classroom. AI can step in and make quick work out of these tasks while at the same time offering recommendations for how to close the gaps in learning. This can free up teachers' time and allow them to focus on more important tasks, such as lesson planning and providing individualized support to students.

Using AI-Technology Apps

To get started with using AI in their instruction, teachers can first explore the various AI-powered tools and platforms that are available. There are many different AI tools and platforms that are specifically designed for use in education, and many of these are free or offer demos that teachers can use to see how the technology works and how it can benefit their students. Below are examples of some free AI tools that teachers can explore and consider incorporating into their own teaching.

Name

Link

Description

AIVA

Web

AIVA is an AI music composer trained in thousands of scores of music, helping people create their own personalized soundtracks. With this tool, teachers can easily generate music of many genres and styles by selecting a preset or applying edits to uploaded audio. These can then be incorporated into lesson activities or simply used as background music to help student focus.

Chat-GPT

Web

ChatGPT is a chatbot specialized in dialogue and designed to generate human-like responses. Teachers can utilize the AI bot to come up with ideas relating to lesson planning and instructional activities. It can also answer questions on a wide variety of topics including word problems in STEM-related fields.

DALLE-2

Web

DALL-E 2 is an AI system that can create images and art from a description in natural language. Teachers can generate completely new images that combine distinct and unrelated objects in semantically plausible ways via a short text prompt. This can prove to be especially useful in creating visuals and other forms of representation for lesson content.

Gradescope

Web

Gradescope is a platform that assists with feedback and assessing student progress. The AI tool enables teachers to streamline the grading of exams, projects, and homework. This also ensures unbiased grading and presents meaningful statistics to help identify class trends and student needs.

Knowji

Web
iOS

Android

Knowji is an audio-visual vocabulary application designed for language learners. Teachers can use this AI tool to track students’ progress for specific words and predict when they are likely to forget. It achieves these abilities by using a spacing repetition algorithm, which enables students to learn better over time. 

Presentation Translator

Web
iOS
Android

Microsoft’s AI-supported add-on subtitled presentations straight from PowerPoint and includes an accompanying app for audiences to access. As a teacher speaks, the application can display live captioning directly on their presentation in any one of more than 60 supported text languages, which can be useful for students who are deaf or hearing-impaired.

Spread the Word

These six apps are just a few examples of how AI technology can be used to enhance instruction in education. Awareness of resources such as these can help to empower teachers by expanding their repertoire of tools in their instruction and subsequently improving the quality of student learning. What other AI-powered applications or tools do you use to improve teaching? Join the CIDDL community and keep the conversation going!