AI In The Classroom

"Educators have a pivotal role in prioritizing AI literacy development, fostering ethical thinking, and promoting powerful and creative applications of AI in education. By equipping students with a comprehensive understanding of AI and its potential risks, educators can help shape a future generation that is well-prepared to navigate the challenges and opportunities presented by AI." (Tom Barrett)

Why Schools Should Embrace AI

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been making waves in various industries, and education is no exception. As technology continues to advance, more and more teachers and students are beginning to explore the use of AI in their classrooms. 

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However, the potential for AI to enhance learning is particularly relevant in inquiry-based classrooms where students learn by asking questions, exploring, and discovering new information. This is why teachers and students should embrace AI in inquiry-based classrooms.

Inquiry-based learning is a student-centered approach that allows students to take an active role in their learning process by asking questions, exploring, and discovering new information. AI can be used to support this approach by providing students with personalized instruction and feedback, helping them to progress more quickly and achieve better outcomes. For example, AI-powered chatbots can provide students with immediate feedback and guidance, while intelligent tutoring systems can use data on student performance to adjust the level of instruction and provide personalized feedback.

Furthermore, AI can also be used to analyze data on student performance to identify areas where additional support is needed. This can help teachers to identify students who may be struggling and provide them with the extra help they need to succeed. By using AI to make data-driven decisions, teachers can improve student outcomes by identifying areas of weakness and targeting instruction to address those needs.

Moreover, AI can also lead to better student engagement and adaptive learning, which can improve motivation and interest in learning. With the help of AI, students can be provided with a personalized and interactive learning experience that adapts to their learning pace and style.

We will dive deeper into the potential of AI in inquiry-based classrooms and explore the various ways in which teachers and students can embrace this technology to enhance the teaching and learning experience. We will see how AI has the power to transform education and improve student outcomes in inquiry-based classrooms.

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For Fun, I Gave Some Questions to ChatGPT and Here are the Responses.

Question: Explain ChatGPT

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ChatGPT is a natural language processing (NLP) model trained using the GPT-3 (Generative Pretrained Transformer 3) architecture. It is designed to generate human-like responses to text inputs, allowing it to participate in a conversation or provide answers to questions. ChatGPT is a large language model, meaning it has been trained on a massive amount of text data and can generate responses to a wide range of topics and questions. It uses advanced machine learning techniques to generate coherent and relevant responses, making it a useful tool for a variety of applications in the field of natural language processing.

Question: Book review - The Lotus Seed - 200 words

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The Lotus Seed is a novel by author Sherry Garland that tells the story of a young Vietnamese girl named Nguyet. The novel follows Nguyet as she navigates the challenges of growing up in Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

One of the most striking things about The Lotus Seed is the way it brings to life the struggles and hardships faced by the people of Vietnam during the war. Through Nguyet's eyes, readers are able to see the devastating effects of the war on everyday life, and the ways in which people are forced to adapt in order to survive. At the same time, however, the novel is also a story of hope and resilience. Despite the challenges she faces, Nguyet remains determined to make the most of her situation and to find a way to thrive in the midst of adversity.

Overall, The Lotus Seed is a powerful and thought-provoking novel that offers a unique perspective on the Vietnam War and the resilience of the human spirit. It is well-written and engaging and will leave readers with a deep appreciation for the strength and determination of the Vietnamese people. (Actual length 190 words)

Question: Explain Personal Inquiry

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Personal inquiry is the process of exploring and examining one's own thoughts, beliefs, and experiences in order to gain a deeper understanding of oneself and the world around them. It involves asking questions, reflecting on one's experiences, and using critical thinking to gain new insights and perspectives. Personal inquiry can be a valuable tool for personal growth and development, as it allows individuals to better understand their own motivations, values, and behaviors, and to make more informed decisions in their lives.

How AI Will Disrupt The Education Industry

Click/Tap image to view articleSource: Gold PenguinArtificial intelligence has the potential to revolutionize education as we know it. To what extent will this impact students and teachers across the world? Only time will tell!

Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Teaching and Learning

This report titled "Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Teaching and Learning" (Direct Download) by the U.S. Department of Education contains valuable insights and recommendations from experts in the field on the potential impact of artificial intelligence on education. It covers topics such as the benefits and challenges of integrating AI in education, the potential impact on student learning outcomes, and recommendations for educators and policymakers.

Key Findings:

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More Articles About Teaching and AI

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Teaching students about the ethical use of AI is critical if AI is to be used in schools.

AI Ethical Guidelines For Teaching and Learning |  Direct Download

These ethical guidelines on AI and data usage in teaching and learning from the European Union are designed to help educators understand the potential that the applications of AI and data usage can have in education and to raise awareness of the possible risks so that they are able to engage positively, critically and ethically with AI systems and exploit their full potential.

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How to Create a Responsible Use Policy for AI - TechNotes

Summary of Article

Now that AI is increasingly being used in schools, it raises concerns about data privacy and ethical use. Rather than blocking AI, schools should guide students and staff in using it responsibly and ethically. A Responsible Use Policy (RUP) focuses on good digital citizenship habits and responsible use of technology, unlike an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) which outlines "dos" and "don'ts" and provides "sanctions" for misuse. 

To integrate AI into an RUP, schools should form a committee of multiple stakeholders, determine appropriate "best" uses for AI, review current policy, solicit feedback from the community, edit, revise, and finalize the policy, publish it for students and parents to sign, provide training for staff, and review the policy frequently as the AI landscape continues to evolve.

AI Guidance For Schools Toolkit | Direct Download

The AI Guidance for Schools Toolkit is a comprehensive guide developed by TeachAI to provide educators with the necessary tools to teach and learn about AI. The toolkit is designed to help education system leaders, school administrators, and teachers develop a vision statement, set of principles and beliefs, or a responsible use policy for AI in schools. 

It provides guidance on how to incorporate AI into the curriculum and teaching practices, as well as how to address ethical and legal issues related to AI. 

The toolkit emphasizes the importance of involving key stakeholders, such as teachers, parents, and students, in the policy development process. 

It also provides sample letters to parents and guardians to engage families in the education system's vision and recommendations for the use of AI in schools. 

Overall, the AI Guidance for Schools Toolkit is an essential resource for educators who want to prepare their students for the future by teaching them about AI.

Developing Your School’s Vision for AI - Toddle

Toddle has created an excellent AI resource designed to support schools in navigating the integration of AI into an educational setting. 

Here's how our resource can benefit you and your school:

But wait, there's more! Toddle goes beyond theory by offering tangible resources you can implement right away:

Teaching and Learning in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

[John Warner]

In this Backwards Podcast episode, A.J. Juliani sits down with author, professor, and speaker John Warner to discuss all things artificial intelligence (and how it impacts our current and future education system). 

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John Warner is the author of "Why They Can't Write" and "The Writing Practices" where he discusses the need for a more creative and authentic approach to teaching writing. ChatGPT and other artificial intelligence tools have completely changed the landscape of writing for schools and work - this episode tackles those changes head-on.

Source: Backwards Podcast

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The following resources come from Dialogic #296 Newsletter - Dec 2022 (see Tom Barrett's Blog)

Sparked by a quick exchange with Dr Nick Jackson, I created this collaborative document to outline some of the emerging dispositions, skills, knowledge and tools related to AI Literacy. Here's a little more from the document.

This document aims to outline the facets of AI literacy for students and educators. We all rely on these emerging competencies as we explore and interact with these tools. The audience is curious educators, teachers and students. The problem we are solving with this documentation is How educators and students can leverage Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools as assistants and coaches in the learning and creative process.

The article from Drew Harwell, Nitasha Tiku and Will Oremus shines a light on an actual application of ChatGPT to support written communication. The story is about how Ben Whittle, with help from Danny Richman, uses AI with his business emails.

"Now, when Whittle dashes off a message, the AI instantly reworks the grammar, deploys all the right niceties, and transforms it into a response that is unfailingly professional and polite."

This cuts through all the hype and experimentation we are wading through. This is an excellent story of how technology improves access!

The article by Andrew Mayne, who works for OpenAI as a Science Communicator, offers some essential nuances in how we might work with an AI assistive technology like ChatGPT. Here's the prompt:

Let's write a science fiction story together. Ask me for input about characters, plot etc.

This initial setup means the ChatGPT asks questions rather than spits out text reams. This style of interaction is much more helpful for younger students.

The chat interface makes it easy to converse with the model and work towards a goal, like learning something new or playing a game. I’ve found that it can be beneficial for brainstorming. 

I loved this work by Ethan and Lilach Mollick from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School, exploring three different instructional design challenges and how AI can help. Here is the abstract:

Chatbots can produce high-quality, sophisticated text in natural language. The authors of this paper believe that AI can be used to overcome three barriers to learning in the classroom: improving transfer, breaking the illusion of explanatory depth, and training students to critically evaluate explanations. The paper provides background information and techniques on how AI can be used to overcome these barriers and includes prompts and assignments that teachers can incorporate into their teaching. The goal is to help teachers use the capabilities and drawbacks of AI to improve learning

Run Time: 54:30 -Dec 18, 2022

The Future of AI in Schools

In this video, "The Future of AI in Schools," hosted by Cindy Blackburn [Toddle], speakers John Hattie, Dylan Wiliam, and Arran Hamilton explore the potential impact of artificial intelligence on education. They discuss the benefits and challenges, such as reducing cognitive load and the risk of AI handling tasks that require minimal effort. 

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The evolving role of AI in reshaping learning is emphasized, requiring students to make informed choices and learn independently. The speakers touch on the development of algorithms for super-intelligent tasks, discuss potential future applications like using chat GPT as a student coach, biometrics for engagement assessment, and automatic coding for classroom observation. Throughout, responsible and ethical AI use is stressed, urging a holistic approach to assessment that prioritizes students' understanding and application of concepts across various contexts.

Run Time: 1:08:43 -Nov 18, 2023

A School Leader's and Teacher's Primer on Artificial Intelligence

If you are a school leader/teacher and feeling overwhelmed about understanding everything that is going on with Artificial Intelligence right now, here's what you can do to catch up and stay up to date. This will have a HUGE impact on your teaching/school and is primed to be the main conversation around learning for months to come. (A blog post by A.J. Juliani)

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Do those SEVEN things (which should only take you 3-4 hours tops) and you'll have a really good idea of where we've been, where we are now, and where things are headed.

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Additional Reading: 

Bringing AI to School: Tips For School Leaders: Artificial Intelligence is having a major impact on education. Whether you are excited or concerned about AI, as a school leader you have a responsibility to ensure AI is approached thoughtfully and appropriately in your school community and informs your vision for teaching and learning. This guide will help you quickly gain the background you need as a learning leader in an AI infused world.

Problem-Solve About AI With Your Staff 

Ways to Use AI Tools in the Classroom

Run Time: 10.47 - Mar 31 2023
In this video, How to Save Hours of Time as a Teacher Using AI Tools, A.J Juliani breaks down how to use AI tools to plan, deliver, modify/accommodate, and create engaging lessons that you can use tomorrow with students. This must watch video demonstrates how to develop a unit of study/inquiry using ChatGTP and Curipod.
AI Articles by A.J. Juliani

Amazing AI Super Tutor for Students and Teachers

[Sal Khan]

Run Time: 15:36 - May 2023
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This video paints a possible picture of the future of education and and it makes one wonder is this the best way to go! Sal Khan of Kahn Academy believes that artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to transform education for the better. “We’re at the cusp of using AI for probably the biggest positive transformation that education has ever seen,” he said in his 2023 TED talk. [Do you agree?]

Get a glimpse of a new era in education—one where every student has access to an AI-powered personal tutor and every teacher has an AI teaching assistant. 

Khanmigo: A Comprehensive AI Tutor

Khanmigo is a new addition to Khan Academy. Instead  of worrying about students using AI to cheat, Sal said we should focus on the positive use cases. Khanmigo not only detects students’ mistakes, but it also identifies misconceptions in their understanding and provides effective feedback. It can help students with math and computer programming exercises and can provide context-aware help for video content. 

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Source: Khan Academy Blog

Videos For AI Leaders

Lessen your leadership load with AI - Pt 1

[Jay McTighe, Catlin Tucker, Tony Frontier, Deepanshu Arora & David Franklin]

Run Time: 47:40 - Nov. 2023
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Part 1 of a 3-part series from Toddle

Explore how AI can alleviate the burdens of leadership through innovative solutions and technologies


Additional Resources

If you're looking for more such inspiring PD resources tailored for school leaders, here are our 3 top picks for you:

Source: Toddle

Transforming school leadership with AI - Pt 2

[John Spencer & David Franklin]

Run Time: 43:40 - Nov. 2023
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Part 2 of a 3-part series from Toddle

Explore how AI can alleviate the burdens of leadership through innovative solutions and technologies


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Leading with AI - The Definitive Guide to Becoming an AI Leader - Pt 3

[Cindy Blackburn]

Run Time: 50:35 - Dec. 2023
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Part 3 of a 3-part series from Toddle

Part 3 provides a comprehensive guide for leaders to understand and leverage AI effectively. The content covers the history of AI, its recent boom due to factors like supercharged computers, data boom, open-source collaboration, and significant financial investments. Cindy explains how AI works, the massive amount of data it processes, and the concept of the "black box." The discussion highlights AI's strengths in generating human-like text, answering questions, summarizing information, brainstorming, and generating ideas. However, it warns about AI's limitations, including hallucinations, biases in data, and the need for fact-checking.


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Using ChatGTP in the Classroom

HEADS UP! Teachers should know that if they allow their students to use ChatGPT on their own devices and sign up for their own accounts, that actually violates the ChatGPT privacy policy and terms of use if they’re under 18 years old. (As of Feb 25, 2023)

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Everything About ChatGPT 

Click/Tap image to read articleSource: GizmodoEverybody's talking about ChatGPT, the powerful new AI chatbot from OpenAI that generates text. Here are the basics you need to know.
Here is a complete video guide with 52 different ChatGPT prompts to become an expert.

ChatGTP: Ideas for Educators

Click/Tap image to read articleSource: ASCDChatGPT is here and, whether we like it or not, we can’t go back to a time before its arrival. The question now is how do we, as educators, move forward?

20 Ways to Use ChatGPT

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Guide For Using ChatGPT

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7 Things Teachers Can Do With ChatGPT Tomorrow

[Dr. Monica Burns]

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Dr. Monica Burns is a former classroom teacher, Author, Speaker, and Curriculum & EdTech Consultant. Visit her site for more ideas on how to become a tech-savvy teacher.

Can teachers use the popular AI tool ChatGPT to save time? In this episode, I share seven things teachers can do with ChatGPT tomorrow to save time completing your daily tasks inside and outside of the classroom. If you’re looking for ways to use this innovative technology to accelerate your workflow and work smarter, not harder, this episode is for you!

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Unleashing ChatGPT In Your Classroom

ChatGPT is a versatile and valuable tool that can be used in a variety of ways to enhance learning in the classroom, even with young children. So have a look at the many ways it can benefit your class?

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While ChatGTP is a useful tool, it is important to preview and edit all generated information, inquiry questions, prompts, etc. before giving to them students to make sure they fit their/your specific needs

Inquiry/Conceptual Understanding

Clarifying Concepts: ChatGPT provides explanations for limitless concepts and could help students by providing detailed explanations. This could be especially helpful for homework or other situations where a teacher is not available to answer questions. It is able to explain various grammatical, mathematical, scientific, and historical concepts and ideas. For example, it detailed the different situations one would use a semicolon or a comma, explained how to find the slope of a line with examples, and described the difference between mitosis and meiosis.

Adapting for a Specific Audience: ChatGPT can adapt text for different ages. This could be especially helpful with complex topics if students are having a difficult time understanding the concept. The teacher/student could ask ChatGPT to explain it for a younger audience or simply rephrase and give alternate examples. 

Provide project-based learning scenarios. Scenarios anchored in local and authentic contexts help prevent misuse of ChatGPT. Students can use GPT to inform their work, just like they use the web now, but would need to think through the ideas and extrapolate to their own contexts.

Ask ChatGPT to suggest activities. You can ask it to generate entire lesson plans if you provide it with the standards and grade level. If you don't like what it gives you, you can prompt it to regenerate another one, this time with games or activities built into it. Go ahead, play with different prompts, and have fun with it.

Consider the use of a "flipped classroom" model, which allows you to offload instructional videos as homework while freeing in-class time for discussion and performance assessments so that you have a better understanding of where your students are and the progress they are making.


Generating Examples: ChatGPT can generate various examples/summaries to illustrate a topic or concept for students and create additional opportunities for practice. It can generate sentences to illustrate examples in all subject areas.

Use ChatGPT as a starting point. Have students generate answers on GPT and then work from there. GPT-generated essays are sometimes "surface" level analyses and can be boring and sometimes redundant. Teachers can use this to work with the class to think through how they can improve the essay and build in deeper analysis.

Focus on the process instead of the final product. Using tools like Google docs that track the development and evolution of the student product can help you be sure that it was not a copy/paste from GPT.


Discussion Prompts: Teachers can use ChatGPT to create discussion prompts for students based on a piece of literature, topic, event, concept, etc. This could allow teachers to quickly provide engaging questions for discussions on multiple topics. This could be especially helpful if students could benefit from an individualized prompt.


Ask ChatGPT to generate articles on topics at your students' reading level. You can also give it your existing articles and ask it to rephrase them to, say, a second-grade or 12th-grade reading level so that you can provide the same content for different students at varied reading levels.

Vocabulary Boost: Use ChatGPT to create personalised vocabulary lists for your students. Just input a list of words and the tool will generate sentences using those words, giving students contextual examples to help them understand the meanings. 

Collaboration in Learning Grammar: ChatGPT provides interesting avenues to make learning grammar a more interactive process. Start by sharing an unedited piece of writing, riddled with errors, with your students. Have students edit this piece in small groups. Next, take the unedited document and input it into ChatGPT for editing. Once the edited version is received, have students collaboratively compare their responses with those of the program. At the end of this activity, take some time for corrective instruction to help students better grasp grammatical nuances as well as the limitations and capabilities of technology. 

Writing Prompts: Need a fresh idea for your writing lesson? Use ChatGPT to generate writing prompts based on a specific theme. Just input the theme and the tool will churn out a variety of prompts related to that theme. This is a great way to get your students thinking creatively and practising their writing skills. 

Storytelling Magic: Use ChatGPT to help your students develop their storytelling skills. Input the beginning of a story and the tool will generate potential next steps, allowing students to continue the story in their own words.

Writing Feedback: ChatGPT can provide helpful feedback on students’ writing and could be included in part of the revision and editing process, especially if there is not sufficient time to provide individual feedback to students. When different samples of student writing were analyzed t was able to give specific feedback about grammar, suggestions for improving structure, instances where more details were needed for clarification, and situations where more concise language would improve the readability. It also checked for consistency!

Vocabulary Practice: ChatGPT is a helpful tool to help students learn new vocabulary words or expand their understanding of a new word. For example, if you ask it to “help me learn the word …” it will provide the definition and multiple examples. It is also a useful tool to study new words. When given a list of words and asked it to quiz me on the words, it created multiple choice questions for all the words to test my knowledge.

Reading Comprehension Made Easy: ChatGPT can create personalised reading comprehension questions based on a passage you provide. Simply input the passage and the tool will generate a series of questions to help students better understand and retain what they have read.

Language Translation: ChatGPT is a great tool for your EAL learners. It allows students to easily translate texts from one language to another, providing them with a valuable tool for comprehension and communication. Whether they’re reading a story in Spanish or writing a letter to a pen pal in French, Chat GPT is a reliable and accurate translation tool. It’s like having a personal translation assistant, without the added cost and hassle.


Practice Problems: Need to give your students some extra practice outside of class? No problem! Just have ChatGPT generate a never-ending supply of math problems for them to work on. 

Explanations: Got a student who’s struggling to understand a concept? No worries – have them ask chatGPT for a step-by-step explanation. It’ll be like having a virtual math tutor right at their fingertips.

Quizzes: Want to review material in a fun and interactive way? Have ChatGPT create a customized quiz for your class. 

Interactive Lessons: ChatGPT can be used to create interactive lectures or lessons. For example, you could have the chatbot ask questions and have students respond with their answers. This can be a great way to keep students engaged and involved in the material.

Group Work: You can use ChatGPT to facilitate group work by having it generate math problems or questions for students to work on together. This can be a great way to encourage collaboration and problem-solving skills.

Differentiated Instruction: If you have a diverse class with students of varying skill levels, the chatbot can be used to provide personalised instruction to each student. For example, you can have the chatbot generate more challenging problems for advanced students and easier problems for those who need more support.

Gamification: You can use ChatGPT to create math games or challenges for your students. For example, you could have the chatbot generate a series of math problems and have students race against the clock to solve them. This can be a fun and engaging way to review material and encourage competition.


Providing Targeted Feedback: Use the tool for providing targeted feedback. Envision using this tool as part of the revision and editing process; for example, teaching students how to use it to gain targeted feedback based on a particular assignment. This has the potential to increase equity for students who all have different levels of writing support at home and at school.

ChatGPT Can Support Students’ SEL

ChatGTP could assist someone with social and emotional skills. For example, it gave answers to all the questions below, and when asked to “regenerate the response” was able to provide additional quality responses.

This being very helpful for anyone who has a difficult time in social situations, is nervous about making friends, is conflicted about how to handle a particular situation, etc. While it would likely always be better to get advice about some of these things from a human, not everyone has a human in their life to ask these questions.

Sources: Nexus Education, Middle Web, Phys.Org

What Students Are Saying About ChatGPT

Click/Tap image to read articleSource: New York TimesThe New York Times  invited teenagers to read this AI column and then tell us how they thought schools should respond to ChatGPT.  Their responses varies to the benefits of ChatGTP. An interesting read.
Also see: Lesson Plan: Teaching and Learning in the Era of ChatGPTWhile this article focuses on HS and collage, many of the ideas can be modified for use in upper primary.

Students Using AI As A Learning Partner

Click/Tap image to go to article and videoSource: A.J. JulianiThe article explores the role of artificial intelligence (AI) as a learning ally for students, advocating a shift from compliance-driven AI use to meaningful learning experiences. Prioritizing learning over compliance is crucial, and the A J Juliani highlights the expanding presence of AI in education.
The article mentions various AI tools like Photomath, ChatGPT, and Quillbot for math problems, essays, and presentations. Seven ways to leverage AI for learning are introduced, emphasizing the importance of deeper learning through project-based approaches.
AI is recommended to support the different phases of project-based learning, especially self-assessment, revision, and reflection. A balanced integration of AI and human interaction is encouraged for effective and meaningful learning experiences.

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