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Guidance on Artificial Intelligence

This page serves as an iterative guide for the Tukwila School District community regarding the evolving use of artificial intelligence (AI) in educational settings. Its purpose is to provide ongoing support and guidance as we navigate the ethical considerations, opportunities, and limitations associated with AI.

Acknowledgment of Bias Within AI:Before delving into the guidance, it's essential to acknowledge the presence of bias within AI algorithms. Bias can inadvertently influence AI systems, potentially resulting in unfair outcomes or reinforcing existing inequalities. As such, it is incumbent upon us to remain vigilant in identifying and addressing bias to ensure that our use of AI promotes equity and inclusivity for all students.

Introduction to Artificial Intelligence:Artificial intelligence refers to the development of computer systems capable of performing tasks that typically require human intelligence. In educational settings, AI can be used to personalize learning experiences, provide real-time feedback, assist with lesson planning, and more. However, as technology advances, it is crucial to continuously reassess our approach to AI use and adapt accordingly.

Key Principles:

  1. Equity and Inclusion: AI tools should be used in a manner that promotes equity and inclusion for all students. We must remain vigilant in identifying and addressing potential biases in AI algorithms to ensure fair and equitable outcomes.
  2. Ethical Use: All uses of AI must adhere to ethical guidelines and respect student data privacy rights. Ethical use of AI is a broad topic, but includes conversations around when to use AI, how to not plagiarize with this AI, and how to lean into AI, but not overly on it. As new AI technologies emerge, we must critically evaluate their ethical implications and prioritize the well-being and safety of our students; especially student data.
  3. Transparency: Staff members should be transparent about the use of AI in educational settings, providing students and parents with clear information about how AI tools are being used and for what purposes. Transparency fosters trust and accountability in our use of technology.
  4. Professional Development: Staff members will need to receive ongoing training and professional development opportunities to enhance their understanding of AI and its implications for teaching and learning. This includes staying informed about the latest research and best practices in AI education.

Guidelines for AI Use:

  • Pedagogical Integration: AI should be integrated into teaching practices in ways that enhance student learning experiences and support the achievement of learning objectives. Staff are encouraged to explore innovative ways to leverage AI while maintaining a student-centered approach.
  • Student-Centered Approach: Students should be actively involved in the use of AI tools, with a focus on empowering them to take ownership of their learning and development. We value student agency and seek to foster a collaborative learning environment.
  • Supplemental Role: AI tools should complement, rather than replace, human instruction and support. Teachers play a critical role in facilitating meaningful interactions and providing individualized support to students.
  • Data Privacy: Staff members must adhere to all district policies and regulations regarding the collection, storage, and use of student data when using AI tools. Protecting student privacy is paramount in our use of technology.

Training and Support:
The district is committed to providing comprehensive training and support to staff members on the ethical use of AI in educational settings. This includes ongoing professional development opportunities, workshops, and access to resources to support effective implementation of AI tools.

As we continue to explore the potential of AI in education, we will remain vigilant in our commitment to ethical practice and student-centered learning. By embracing a culture of continuous learning and adaptation, we can harness the power of AI to enhance student outcomes and prepare them for success in an increasingly digital world.

Artificial Intelligence Resources

Below are additional resources to further read, watch, and learn on the topic of artificial intelligence tools and their use in education. 

OSPI Human-Centered AI Guidance edition 2

This document from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction keeps the focus of humans starting and humans reviewing each use of artificial intelligence.  It has helped form Tukwila School District's guidance.

How Chatbots and Large Language Models Work