Public schools provided guidance on using artificial intelligence



(The Center Square) – Guidance on the use of artificial intelligence has been issued by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

A release from the department says the state is the fourth in the country to offer state-level guidance.

The state, Superintendent Catherine Truitt says, is trying to use AI “to better prepare North Carolina’s students for the jobs of tomorrow.” The first-term Republican leader said “generative AI has the power to revolutionize student learning.”

The guidebook has sections on leadership and vision; human capacity; curriculum, instruction and assessment; data privacy and cybersecurity; technology, infrastructure and devices; and resources broken down into K-12 school leaders, staff development and for teaching students about artificial intelligence.

In addition to the state-level recommendations, each of the 115 school districts is encouraged to create guides specific to their schools. The Office of Digital Teaching and Learning within Truitt’s department worked with AI for Education to establish its foundation.

The state’s route to responsible use of AI relies on the acronym EVERY. It stands for evaluating to see if output meets intended purpose and need; verification of facts, figures, quotes and data; editing prompts and asking follow-ups; revisions of results to reflect unique needs, style or tone; and the “Y” is for you, meaning to be responsible and transparent in usage and creation.

A release from the state says the Future of Jobs Report 2023, from the World Economic Forum, estimates AI and machine learning specialists to be the fastest-growing occupation in the next five years.

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