Discussion about Artificial Intelligence (AI) seems to be everywhere, from the ethics of AI to its usefulness and pitfalls. Professionals worldwide are grappling with its strengths and dangers in their field. And the question on many educators’ minds today is, does AI belong in the classroom? To imagine a path forward with this latest technological advancement, we’re taking a look back at the adoption of technologies which were once the “next big thing.” Check out our key takeaways below.
Adopting new technology comes with excitement and trepidation.
So, you feel nervous about AI’s role in the classroom? You’re hardly alone. Or perhaps you’re over the moon thinking of all the ways AI can save you time in a busy day. As it turns out, trepidation and excitement are a normal part of new technology being introduced to the classroom.
Students are eager to learn about and use the latest technology; educators can use this to facilitate greater learning opportunities and achievements.
Simply put, students are excited to engage with technology in the classroom—yet not all adults in their lives are quite so enthusiastic. Students’ keenness to use new technology presents educators with an opportunity to engage and motivate students in new and unique ways (and it’s backed by research!). With the introduction of new technology in the classroom over the years, it has become evident that, when used well and appropriately, technology tends to keep students engaged in a new manner, provide motivation and further learning in unique ways.
Ultimately, these technological advancements are not replacing teachers but are an opportunity for educators to enhance students’ learning.
How will educators use new technology to improve their lives and those of their students? It remains to be seen. But one thing is certain: students will continue to look to their teachers for guidance.
Blog image citation: “Mercer Elementary School Students with Computers Photograph.” Photograph. Cleveland, Ohio: Cleveland Press, 1967. From Ohio Memory: Shaker Heights Public Library Photograph Collection. https://ohiomemory.org/digital/collection/p267401coll36/id/14699/rec/14 (accessed June 20, 2023).