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Making Sense of AI in K-12 Education

Dear friends and colleagues,

According to ChatGPT, at least in response to a prompt I gave it to write this, “One of the most exciting and promising technologies that has emerged in recent years is artificial intelligence [AI], and in particular, the development of language models like ChatGPT. [...] ChatGPT has the potential to revolutionize the way we teach and learn in K-12 classrooms.”

Is it? Will it? The explosion of interest and use of AI across fields, K-12 included, has been rapid. The promise of these tools to support educators and students feels unlimited. As does the hype. TLA’s work over the last decade in blended and personalized learning has taught me that, regardless of ChatGPT’s own opinion on its capacity to “revolutionize,” the deeper K-12 revolution won’t be led by the robots but rather by humans, working together to make sense of and choices about the future. Making good on that promise and avoiding the perils will require leaders at every level to get curious and concrete, asking deep questions and openly sharing early lessons about the role of this new technology in teaching and learning. 

To that end, I’m excited to share five takes from TLA partners on the mainstream emergence and awareness of AI. From working with a district to prototype students’ schedules with ChatGPT, to listening to leaders about the gaps they perceive, to fighting our own “battle with the bots,” we’re learning that there is a lot to consider as we move forward as a sector together. Check them out, and tell us what you think!

With humanity and solidarity,

Beth Rabbitt, CEO

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Blog Series: AI and K-12 Education

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