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Rachel Mainero


United States

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In my role as an instructional technology specialist, one current challenge I'm experiencing in education revolves around the apprehension surrounding the implementation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to support teaching practices. Despite its potential to revolutionize education, there exists a notable discomfort and lack of understanding among my district leaders and teachers regarding AI utilization. Many of my district’s cabinet-level decision-makers lack the necessary experience and understanding to effectively integrate AI into educational settings, leading to skepticism and reluctance. Additionally, teachers' apprehension stems from their limited exposure and understanding of AI, further contributing to a negative narrative surrounding its adoption. Many of my reluctant teachers focus on how AI will cause students to cheat and should be blocked for all users. Some teachers are fearful of AI taking over their jobs and so they want nothing to do with it. Compounding this challenge is the limited availability of professional development opportunities dedicated to supporting educators in harnessing the benefits of AI in teaching. Furthermore, the absence of Michigan state-level policies and guidelines regarding AI in education adds to the complexity of addressing this challenge. This challenge matters as AI holds the promise to enhance teaching practices, personalize learning experiences, and improve student outcomes. AI has the power to transform our teaching and learning practices for all.

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