Teachers look to make AI more of an asset

Teachers are increasingly trying to turn artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to their advantage in the face of concerns over cheating and equity.   A survey released this month from Imagine Learning found 50 percent of educators reported an increased use of AI in the last academic year, and, just days later, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) released new AI guidelines ahead of the 2024-2025 one.   Experts say teachers have so far mostly used AI to help complete lesson plans quicker or create individualized instruction more efficiently, and that more training is needed to ensure the technology is used to its fullest potential.  “I think it’s still not every teacher who’s using AI, but the trend seems to be increasing that more teachers are interested in using these tools both for their own practice and for supporting student learning and engagement,” said Torrey Trust, an associate professor of teacher education and curriculum studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  “From the research that I’ve seen, the most common usage by teachers is to save them time, so to help with lesson planning, to generate texts for communications with administrative tasks and then to support student learning,” Trust said. “Then also just with creative thinking, support and helping with improving their academic success.”   In the Imagine Learning report, 68 percent of teachers said they use AI for analyzing student data, 67 percent create instructional material with it and 65 percent use it for grading.   “I think teachers are…Teachers look to make AI more of an asset