Ed Tip: Old and New AI

Explore examples of artificial intelligence as well as new generative versions of AI.

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is not new. People have long attempted to program computers to complete tasks and function like humans. What is new, however, is generative AI. This new generation of AI tools communicates in natural language, much like a human, and it produces new content that has never previously existed. It generates this content by predicting the next most probable word based on its analysis of trillions of examples.

Defining AI

  • With AI, computers are programmed to function and respond like thinking humans.

Examples of Current AI

  • Facial Recognition
  • Social Media Feeds
  • Email Sorting
  • Predictive Text
  • Spell-Check
  • Product Recommendations
  • Navigation Apps
  • Search Engines
  • Automatic Closed Captioning
  • Speech-to-Text

New Generative AI

  • Examples:
  • Generates new content
  • Language-based and conversational
  • Not always accurate

Integration Ideas

Many educational products are infused with artificial intelligence. Grammar and plagiarism checkers, adaptive learning programs, and self-correcting activities are all examples of this. These can provide immediate feedback and targeted lessons based on student need. More recently, products like Khanmigo have begun integrating generative AI functionality into learning products to create virtual tutors. These tools have the potential to revolutionize instruction by offering more adaptable and immediate feedback to students, freeing up time for teachers to meet with students individually and address needs that a computer cannot meet.

How can I learn more?

For more information about this topic, explore the following AVID Open Access article collection: AI in the K–12 Classroom.