Special Report

Schools Are Using AI. But Are They on the Right Track?

February 19, 2024
A person and a robot study a giant cylinder filled with AI elements
Kathleen Fu for Education Week
The pace at which many school districts are embracing artificial intelligence for use in education is dizzying. AI-powered chatbots—and not just ChatGPT—are being used by teachers to craft lesson plans tied to state academic standards, saving teachers valuable time; AI technologies are helping educators design reading assignments tailored to different reading levels; and the technology is putting virtual “teacher assistants” in classrooms. That relatively unexpected pace of change has many educators and experts concerned.  They are worried that the race to embrace AI may lead to negative consequences that are difficult to see right now. This report provides a road map to navigate the rising role of artificial intelligence in K-12 education.
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