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One Teacher's Take on Harnessing AI in Schools

March 21, 2024

One Teacher's Take on Harnessing AI in Schools

Ask students: How does Antao use AI in his own classroom? Why does AI help students with confidence in their own writing, according to Antao?

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Adrian Antao is a high school English teacher at KIPP NYC. Adrian has worked with educators, coders and designers at the nonprofit Playlab.ai to develop Project Toni, an AI tool to support his students with their writing revisions. While many are worried about using AI in the classroom, Adrian has found real benefits. He shares his Brief But Spectacular take on harnessing AI in schools.

View the transcript of the story.

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Discussion Questions

  • Who is Adrian Antao and what is his background?
  • Where does Antao teach?
  • What was Antao's initial reaction to ChatGPT?
  • How does Antao use AI in his own classroom?
  • Why does AI help students with confidence in their own writing, according to Antao?

Focus Questions

  • Do you think AI has some potential benefits in the classroom?
  • How do you think AI might be used to enhance student learning?
  • What do you think are some problems or drawbacks to using AI in the classroom?

Media literacy: Why do you think this story focused on a positive use of AI in the classroom?

Extension Activity

The story presented in this lesson highlights the positive potential of AI in the classroom. But what are some of the fears teachers and students have about AI and education? Watch the following video and discuss — what fears are expressed in the story? Do you think the fears are valid?

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Join the AI in Education Community

Join the team from the AI Educator Brain, which includes AFT’s Share My Lesson director Kelly Booz; New York City Public Schools teacher Sari Beth Rosenberg and EdBrAIn, our AI teammate (yes, it named and designed itself!). In this community, we will dissect the pros and cons of AI tools in education. Our mission: to determine how AI can support teaching and learning, and when it might be best to stick with tried-and-true methods.

Republished with permission from PBS NewsHour Classroom.

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PBS NewsHour Classroom helps teachers and students identify the who, what, where and why-it-matters of the major national and international news stories.

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