North Carolina Department of Public Instruction focusing on benefits of AI in public schools

RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) – The state’s education system is hoping that schools will seize the benefits of Artificial Intelligence workflows while also recognizing the pitfalls.

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) is pushing public schools to understand the benefits of artificial intelligence in the classroom.

The NCDPI came out with a guidebook for the use of AI in schools and how, if used responsibly, could be a tool to aid in learning.

NCDPI is the fourth state education department in the nation to issue guidance to its schools on the use of this cutting-edge technology. The state guidebook says that AI literacy should be “infused into all grade levels and curriculum areas.”

“Generative artificial intelligence is playing a growing and significant role in our society. At NCDPI, we’re committed to preparing our students both to meet the challenges of this rapidly changing technology and become innovators in the field of computer science,” said State Superintendent Catherine Truitt. “We also believe that, when implemented thoughtfully and responsibly, generative AI has the power to revolutionize student learning and better prepare North Carolina’s students for the jobs of tomorrow.”

The guidebook gives suggestions for teachers to use AI to help them with day-to-day assignments, quickly analyze student performance, and even use AI to come up with methods of teaching that work for students with different learning styles.

According to the NCDPI, this could diminish the amount of time teachers spend on prepping their courses and give more time dedicated to working directly with students.

For students, the NCDPI says AI could help non-native students lives easier in the classroom because of translation tools. It could even benefit students with learning disabilities.

However, the NCDPI does acknowledge anything used for good can be used for evil. This is why the guidebook addresses some of the most common concerns regarding artificial intelligence use in classrooms, such as cheating.

NCDPI’s Office of Digital Teaching and Learning worked with the organization AI for Education to create the “EVERY” framework, which is an acronym that gives guidance to North Carolina public schools for “How to Use AI Responsibly EVERY Time:”

  • EVALUATE the initial output to see if it meets the intended purpose and your needs.
  • VERIFY facts, figures, quotes, and data using reliable sources to ensure no hallucinations or biases.
  • EDIT your prompt and ask follow-up questions to have the AI improve its output.
  • REVISE the results to reflect your unique needs, style, and/or tone. AI output is a great starting point, but shouldn’t be a final product.
  • YOU are ultimately responsible for everything you create with AI. Always be transparent about if and how you use AI.

According to The World Economic Forum’s “Future of Jobs Report 2023,” AI has a 40% growth trajectory and the creation of one million new jobs. Furthermore, the report found that 75% of companies plan to implement generative AI by 2027.

“Empowering learners to understand these technologies is essential,” said NCDPI’s Chief Information Officer Dr. Vanessa Wrenn. “The power of AI tools for education, community engagement and deeper learning will continue to drive innovation and policy. North Carolina is proud to be among one of the first states in the nation to provide guidance to teachers and schools, as we know that AI can be used by educators to support their daily work while transforming students’ learning in the classroom.”