AI and the Imperative of Agency

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AI and the Imperative of Agency (November 7, 2023)
With easy access to AI, students and teachers need greater independence and core skills to navigate the changing world. Students need to be able to adapt to unknown situations and respond with agility, creativity, confidence, and skill. It’s no longer possible for a teacher to give a student content that will set them up for their future career. Teachers more urgently need to create learning environments and critical thinking assignments that provide agency and the skills for students to be self-directed and responsible learners.

In this webinar, a panel of teachers and students from the following schools explored the use of AI in the classroom including ethics, curriculum, specific tools, and assessment - and how agency for both teachers and students is required for success:

  • Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC
  • Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, CT
  • Pinkerton Academy in Derry, NH
  • Avenues Online


Teaching Tomorrow: Unleashing The Power of AI in Education (NEASC Forum webinar, September 2023)


Using AI as a Tutor (One Useful Thing, 2023)

Working list of conversations we need to have about AI in education, "Ethics, Equity, & Justice x AI Discussion Topics, Resources and Queries."

Academic Honesty and Integrity with AI (continuum)

Eric Hudson’s blog, Learning on Purpose

High School AI Literacy unit (slides)

How much is too much? Drawing the line on AI-assistance. (The Sentient Syllabus Project, January 2023)
"Assistance from an AI system is too much when it interferes with the educational objectives or the assessment of a submitted work."

Mentoring the Machines (John Vervaeke and Shawn Coyne, Story Grid Publishing, December 2023)

QFT is Question Formulation Technique (QFT) - Right Question Institute


ChatGBT by OpenAI

Bard - a conversational AI tool by Google

Diffit for Teachers

Magic School - AI tool for educators

Curipod - AI assisted lesson planning

Canva - Magic Design free AI tool


Bing Chat

Claude by Anthropic - AI assistant

     YouTube Summary - ChatGPT & Claude

Copyleaks - AI-based text analysis for AI content and plagiarism detection

DALL·E2 by OpenAI - AI system that can create realistic images and art from a description in natural language. - AI assisted teaching tools

Elicit AI

Goblin Tools - A collection of small, simple, single-task tools, mostly designed to help neurodivergent people with tasks they find overwhelming or difficult.

Khanmigo, Khan Academy's AI-powered guide and tutor. for education - real-time captions and notes - AI chat

Quizlet Magic Notes - enhances class notes and creates study materials

Sherpa Labs - Voice-enabled assignments

Spiritual Data - AI chatbot