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From Algorithms to Ethics: Educating Students in AI Awareness | School Zone

Forbes reported a survey of educators found that more than half believed artificial intelligence would change teaching for the better. They cited such benefits as students learning to understand AI models, teaching critical thinking and as a tool for students to edit their work. Meanwhile, according to the Washington Post, educators were using AI to write tests, generate case studies, prepare emails and rethink their teaching strategies.

And while many are still concerned about students using AI to cheat or to avoid work, they feel AI isn’t going away and it is important to teach students responsible use of AI in ways that can enhance their learning.

In the international survey cited by Forbes, 78% of educators had concerns about the negative effect of AI and 66% thought it would lessen student writing skills and creativity. Almost half reported their schools had already blocked or restricted the use of AI in the classroom.

Educators and parents can empower students to leverage this powerful technology to its full potential while instilling a sense of ethical awareness and digital citizenship. Responsible AI usage can enhance learning and prepare students for a future where AI plays an increasingly significant role in all aspects of life.

There are many ways for parents and teachers to guide students in using AI.

Teaching About AI

A first step is to encourage students to question the information they receive from AI-powered platforms. AI programs frequently provide false information, something known as “hallucinating.” Teach students how to distinguish between reliable and unreliable sources as that is a critical thinking skill vital in the digital age.

Introduce students to AI-powered homework assistance tools like virtual tutors and math problem solvers. Emphasize that these tools should complement their learning, not replace it. Encourage students to use them as resources for clarifying doubts and learning independently.

AI-driven platforms can adapt to students’ individual needs and pace. Guide students in using these platforms to tailor their learning experiences, focusing on areas where they need improvement and challenging them where they excel.

Introduce students to AI-powered creative tools for art, music and writing and encourage them to explore and express their ideas through these platforms.

Promote coding skills by introducing students to AI programming languages and projects. Encourage them to create AI applications that align with their interests and educational goals.

Warnings and Ethics

Teach students about the importance of data privacy when using AI applications. Discuss the types of data collected, how it is used and the significance of protecting personal information online. Discuss with students how bias can show up in algorithms and encourage them to be aware of potential biases and to advocate for fairness in AI systems.

Teach students about the role of AI in social media platforms and the importance of responsible online behavior. Encourage them to be mindful of the impact of AI-generated content and their own digital footprint.

Warn them about the potentially addictive nature of AI-driven apps and games. Encourage them to practice digital well-being by setting limits on screen time and maintaining a balance between online and offline activities.

AI is a rapidly evolving field. Encourage students to stay informed about the latest AI developments and their effect on various industries. For older students, introduce them to AI ethics research. Encourage them to explore the ethical dilemmas and challenges associated with AI and its applications.

Foster a growth mindset where students see AI as a tool to enhance their learning rather than a threat. Encourage them to embrace AI as a means to develop problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.

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