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Exploring the Cutting Edge: A Guide to Integrating Generative AI into our Evolving Educational Landscape

In the ever-evolving landscape of education, the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) is a significant game-changer. AI is prevalent – I am seeing it everywhere – with educational conferences featuring workshops and sessions on its utilization, educational leaders blogging about the latest tools and edtech companies scrambling to share with educators the latest and the greatest platforms and supports. For those, like me, just delving into the potential of AI, the abundance of resources and publications can be overwhelming. However, grasping the nuances of AI is essential for educators to harness the potential of these technologies fully. It is not about what AI I want to use; it is about how I want to use it. 

What is generative AI?

To start, generative AI, as the name suggests, is designed to generate new content autonomously. This type of AI can create original pieces of text, images or even music. In the context of K-12 education, generative AI can be a powerful tool for fostering creativity and critical thinking among students. Educators can encourage students to collaborate with AI to create innovative projects, thereby enhancing their problem-solving skills and imagination.

Where to start?

To assist educators in navigating these AI waters, I have created an infographic based on my ongoing explorations into Generative AI and the collaborative efforts of the Friday Institute in supporting educators after our AI Convening last November. This document is designed to aid educators and students in exploring the creative potential of AI, emphasizing practical usage rather than getting overwhelmed by numerous tools and platforms. While the infographic provides recommendations on starting points for tools and resources, its primary focus is to empower users to harness the creative possibilities offered by AI. For more information on how to vet your AI tools and resources for instruction, read our recent blog post “Why Try AI?

AI with the Friday Institute AI and Education infographic. Sections on Generative AI, AI and Personalization, AI and flexibility, AI and adaptivity, AI and collaboration, AI and innovation, and AI and ethics.
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By understanding the opportunities and options AI offers, educators can make informed decisions on how to integrate these technologies effectively:

  • AI + Personalization: AI can analyze a student’s learning style, strengths and weaknesses to provide tailored learning experiences, which can help the student learn more efficiently and effectively.
  • AI + Flexibility: AI can provide on-demand learning and support, making it easier for students to access materials and assistance at any time, from anywhere with an internet connection.
  • AI + Adaptivity: AI can continuously adapt to a student’s progress, adjusting the difficulty level of content or activities in real time to optimize the learning process and provide a more challenging experience as the student improves.
  • AI + Collaboration: AI can facilitate collaborative learning and group work by analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of individual students and grouping them with others who complement their skills.
  • AI + Innovation: AI can provide new and innovative ways of delivering educational content, such as interactive simulations, virtual reality and gamification, which can make learning more engaging and fun for students.

Navigating the abundance of AI resources can be overwhelming for educators, but the key is understanding how to leverage its potential. This infographic on Generative AI provides practical insights, emphasizing the ‘how’ to empower educators to effectively explore AI creatively in the classroom. By making informed decisions, educators can revolutionize education through AI’s intersections with personalization, flexibility, adaptivity, collaboration and innovation.

For a deeper dive into real-world applications, join the upcoming webinar, Leading the Way | Championing AI in Education, held on Feb. 8 at 4 p.m. and Feb. 12 at 8 p.m., hosted by AI with the Friday Institute. To join our network of educators utilizing AI who are sharing their expertise and experiences, sign up at

Jaclyn Stevens
Jaclyn B. Stevens coaches and assists K-12 educators, ITFs and administrators to adapt, not adopt, fostering initiatives to transform professional learning through changes in pedagogical shifts and meeting the needs of all learners to champion creativity and innovation. She is a senior research scholar at the Friday Institute, part of the College of Education at North Carolina State University.
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