Five ways LanSchool guides the use of generative AI in the classroom
January 25, 2024
As the integration of edtech has become widespread in many classrooms, schools are becoming some of the earliest adopters of generative AI. After only one year of the availability of ChatGPT, 10–33% of educators are already using generative AI in the classroom to draft tests, develop lesson plans, create instructional content, and grade assignments. About 74% of current users plan to increase their usage in the coming year.
Why teachers are embracing generative AI
There are several reasons generative AI has taken off in classrooms:
- Cloud based: Teachers can use it without requiring an IT administrator for setup, and no special hardware or software is needed.
- Free or low-cost: This includes most popular generative AI tools, including ChatGPT and Midjourney.
- Time saving: Generative AI can save teachers time on content creation and grading.
- Innovative: Students are using generative AI tools for entertainment, research, and content creation. Teachers can harness this excitement by helping students learn responsible use and directing this energy into AI-driven assignments.
- Supports career readiness: AI will be engrained in the workplace of the future, making it a coveted 21st-century skill set to develop. Students who learn to use generative AI now will be better prepared for their future careers.
How LanSchool can help guide and monitor generative AI use
LanSchool offers several benefits for schools utilizing generative AI in the classroom, including helping teachers guide learning and ensure responsible use:
- Broadcast Screen – Teachers can use the Broadcast Screen feature to display their own screen on students’ devices, giving everyone in class an up-close look at how the teacher interacts with the software and the prompts they enter.
- Messaging – As students work with AI tools on their own, they can use LanSchool’s Messaging function to ask the teacher questions or get assistance if they get stuck. Co-teachers can use the same LanSchool dashboard as lead teachers, keeping everyone on the same page.
- Screen Monitoring – This feature can be useful when overseeing students as they use generative AI tools. Teachers can monitor students’ screens to ensure they use the tools appropriately and stay within the guidelines of any district or classroom policies.
- Limit Web – Teachers can use the Limit Web feature to block or unblock generative AI tools like ChatGPT to contain the use to authorized grade levels, classes, students, or time periods.
- Snapshot – The Snapshot feature gives teachers a way to capture screenshots as students work with generative AI tools to highlight excellent use of prompts and interesting content that results from students’ experimentation. Learning to use prompts effectively is a major factor in developing proficiency with generative AI tools.
Four resources for integrating generative AI in the classroom
To effectively teach generative AI use, educators must learn how to use it themselves. Educators say training sessions will be the most beneficial resource for driving adoption in their own classrooms. Currently, 65% of teachers mention a lack of familiarity as their primary obstacle to using generative AI.
Teachers can seek out professional development and training through free and low-cost online resources for learning generative AI:
- Intel Skills for Innovation – Intel’s library of over 70 cross-curricular lessons empowers teachers and learners to reach their full potential through a technology-supported, skills-based approach to understanding machine learning and AI, computation thinking, design thinking, modeling, simulation, and more. Customers who buy 500 or more Intel devices can access Skills for Innovation through Lenovo.
- AI with the FI – North Carolina State University’s Friday Institute offers events, webinars, research, and professional development to empower educators to use AI-driven technology.
- ISTE Artificial Intelligence in Education Toolkit – This collaboration between ISTE and GM offers free practical guides for engaging students in AI creation.
- Maze AI – This online resource provides templates and information that help students and educators leverage ChatGPT to generate original content.
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While the full power of generative AI use in education has yet to be seen, students and teachers will have the opportunity to learn together in the coming years. As with any emerging edtech, early adoption requires a spirit of experimentation and creativity — made possible by the affordability and availability of generative AI tools on the web.