The U.S. Department of Education Highlights the Opportunities to Work with AI Tools

IBL News | New York

The U.S. Department of Education outlined in a report its view about opportunities for using AI to improve education while fully rejecting the idea that AI could replace teachers.

The report notes that AI assistants will be able to automate tasks, freeing up teacher time for interacting with students and providing instant feedback for students like a free-to-use tutor.

“AI often arrives in new applications with the aura of magic, but educators and procurement policies require that edtech show efficacy. AI may provide information that appears authentic, but actually is inaccurate or lacking a basis in reality,” states the Department.

“It is imperative to address AI in education now to realize key opportunities, prevent and mitigate emergent risks, and tackle unintended consequences.”

The Education Department’s report is the result of a collaboration with the nonprofit Digital Promise, based on listening sessions with 700 stakeholders in education.

• Full report: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Teaching and Learning (PDF)