Step #1: Identify the learning goals for each lesson or unit.
Before incorporating AI tools into a lesson, it is important to clearly understand the learning goals. What do you want your students to achieve by the end of the lesson or unit? Once you have identified these goals, you can start to think about how AI tools might be able to help you achieve them.
Step #2: Choose the right AI tools for the job.
Not all AI tools are created equal, and it is important to choose the right tools for your specific needs. For example, if you want to provide personalized learning experiences, you might choose an adaptive learning platform, like Google Practice Sets, that can automatically adjust content to meet individual students' needs. If you want to assess student progress, you might choose an AI-powered assessment tool that can automatically grade multiple-choice questions.
Step #3: Plan the lesson or unit to incorporate AI tools in a meaningful way.
Once you have identified your learning goals and chosen the right AI tools, it is time to plan the lesson or unit. This involves thinking about how you will incorporate the AI tools into your teaching in a way that is meaningful and engaging for your students. For example, you might encourage the use of an AI-powered chatbot to answer students' questions outside of class time, or you might use an AI-powered assessment tool to provide instant feedback on student work.
Step #4: Provide guidance and feedback to students as they use AI resources.
Just because you are using AI tools in your teaching doesn't mean that you can sit back and let the technology do all the work. Teachers still play a critical role in guiding and supporting students as they use AI resources. This will involve providing instructions on how to use the tools, developing the skills needed to use AI and providing feedback on student work.
Teachers who are skilled in pedagogy will be able to use their knowledge of each student to select the right AI tools and resources and to provide guidance and feedback to help each student get the most out of these tools. This is important because AI tools can sometimes be overwhelming or confusing for students who are not used to using them. Teachers help mitigate this by providing clear instructions, modeling how to use the tools, and giving students opportunities to practice.
Another important aspect of good pedagogy is assessment. Teachers need to be able to assess student progress to provide feedback and guide further learning. It is up to the teacher to design assessments that are appropriate for the learning goals and to interpret the results of these assessments in a way that helps students to improve. Teachers can use AI tools to support assessments that take into account the whole range of students' abilities and learning needs.
One challenge of using AI in the classroom is the risk of dehumanization. Students may feel disengaged or disconnected if they are interacting solely with AI tools, without any human interaction. Skilled teachers will be able to use AI tools in a way that complements and enhances human interaction, rather than replacing it. For example, an AI chatbot could be used to answer students' questions outside of class time, but the teacher could still provide face-to-face feedback and support during class time. Teachers will also be able to use AI tools to provide students with opportunities to collaborate and work together, which can help to build social connections and prevent feelings of isolation.
Pedagogy is, and always will be a skill that is essential for teachers, whether or not they are using artificial intelligence in their classrooms. AI tools can be valuable resources for teachers, but they are only effective if they are used in the right way. Educators will be able to integrate AI tools into their teaching in a way that is effective and engaging for students. By following the steps outlined above, teachers can ensure that they are using AI in a pedagogically sound way and providing their students with the best possible learning experience. With good learning design and innovative technology, teachers can help their students to thrive in a rapidly changing world.
This is an extract from the bestselling The AI Educator: The Ultimate Guide To Artificial Intelligence in Education