Artificial intelligence is no longer a far-off concept that only comes to life in science-fiction movies. The technology is becoming more popular in many industries, including K-12 education. In fact, research indicates the AI market in K-12 education could grow by 50 percent in just the next few years.
There is plenty of excitement about the possibilities of AI in education, and for good reason. AI has the potential to save educators time, empower them with better insight into classroom performance, and deliver more opportunities for personalized learning.
But how, exactly, can AI help unlock K-12 district potential — and what are some of the concerns surrounding its growing popularity in education? Here’s a look at three big benefits your district can gain from AI, as well as three important questions to address before implementation.
Maximizing Learning Opportunities
AI has the potential to empower students and educators with tools for more effective and efficient teaching and learning.
We’ve come a long way from the days when manual grading, paper report cards, and cabinets full of transcripts were the only options for districts. AI can help educators devote even more time to instruction (and less to administrative activities) with automated grading.
AI technologies can help teachers identify student and class strengths and weaknesses. By collecting and interpreting valuable student data, AI can help educators understand where students are struggling and what they don’t understand.
Whether it’s supporting students with special needs or helping educators develop curriculum to address specific weaknesses, AI can help schools and districts tailor instruction to meet individual learning styles.
Addressing Privacy Concerns
As is the case any time a school or district introduces a new tech tool, it’s important for administrators to make sure sensitive student data is secure. Consider these questions as you research different AI vendors and technologies.
What are the AI provider’s data policies?
In addition to COPPA, your school and district will obviously have to stay compliant with FERPA, CIPA, and state student data regulations. Again, looping your district’s legal team in for conversations with different AI providers may be a wise choice.
How will you get parents on board?
AI is a powerful but complex technology. Naturally, families may have questions about whether bringing it into the classroom will put student data at risk. Consulting an AI vendor to address this concern, perhaps by creating a family communication plan, may help increase buy-in from parents.
How will AI voice recordings be stored?
AI technologies often record voices, and those recordings may be stored on the provider’s server. But because audio recordings that include a child’s voice are considered personal information under COPPA, it’s important to consult legal experts to ensure you are compliant.
Bringing AI into the Classroom
How can your district benefit from the AI revolution? Join Vista Consulting Group Managing Director of AI & Machine Learning, Ankur Agarwal, and CoSN CEO, Keith Krueger, in
In the webinar, they’ll discuss:
- What artificial intelligence really is
- Some macro AI trends and implications across various industries
- What this change means for the future of K-12 education
Want to get a head start? Check out our future-ready checklist for your school or district.
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