5 Considerations in the Development and Deployment of AI Technology in Education

The full implementation of AI technology in education comes with various benefits and challenges that need to be addressed to ensure its effectiveness.
Business, Mentorship, and AI Alexi Carmichael - Business, Mentorship, and AI
Post Was Updated: May 5, 2024

Artificial intelligence (AI) introduces a vast array of possibilities for the education sector. It can help improve teaching methods in the classroom, introduce new educational elements that will better capture the attention of learners, and offer solutions to various challenges that students and teachers alike face. However, as with any form of development the full implementation of AI technology in education comes with various challenges that certainly need to be addressed to ensure its effectiveness.

Here are some considerations to keep in mind when it comes to the development and deployment of AI for education purposes:

1. Data Privacy and Security

AI thrives in analysing large amounts of data to improve its functions, allowing it to refine the quality of the content it produces as well as to understand exactly what its users need. Hence, implementing AI in schools would require it to gather, analyse, and store data that educators and students input in its system. This then opens up concerns regarding data privacy and security.

Educational institutions who intend to develop AI tools for classroom use should then have clear data privacy provisions that state how data is being collected and the extent of its uses. Moreover, there should be measures in place to ensure faculty and student information is protected from unauthorised access and misuse. 

2. Ethical Concerns

The ethics of AI use is a hot topic among education circles, especially when there have been instances of AI tools being exploited for the generation of academic work subsequently presented as original by students.. Many teachers are already employing AI detection tools when checking student papers in an effort to ensure that they really are submitting their own work and not ones completely generated by an AI system. There is also the overarching issue of origin and sourcing of AI-generated content and thus the continuous call to have stricter guidelines to address it. 

As with any technology, responsible use should be taught to students to ensure that they’re using AI within ethical standards. AI is a great help for reviewing, summarising, and making complicated topics much easier to understand. However, one should keep in mind that it should still be used as a tool to support one’s own work and not as a substitute for exercising one’s own creativity and critical thinking abilities.

3. Balance Between Human and AI Intervention

While having AI in classes can indeed offer new ways to better engage students in the subject at hand, they still shouldn’t replace the role that faculty plays in the learning process. Another consideration then is to determine how to balance intervention between human players and AI technology inside the classroom. After all, relying too much on technology may hinder student freedom, creativity, and critical thinking in the long run.

It is then up to educational institutions to set boundaries when it comes to when AI can be used and when teachers should step in. At the end of the day, AI isn’t a replacement for human interactions as those are crucial in building stronger social and communication skills. The ideal scenario then is for both to work together, ensuring that students can reap the benefits of using AI technology while also receiving ample guidance from their teachers. 

4. Accessibility

Digital divide—that is, the gap between those who have access to technology and those who don’t—is still a widespread problem in the education sector. Implementing AI technology in education, particularly in schools without regard as to whether every student can even make full use of it will only put the marginalized ones at a disadvantage. Hence, the education sector should fully look into creating solutions to bridge the digital divide among learners first as part of implementing their AI programs.

Even if a student is capable of competently using a computer and navigating around the internet, not everyone may be familiar with the concept of AI itself. Part of this consideration for accessibility is to promote AI literacy among learners, ensuring that they are taught how to use it responsibly. Likewise, AI tools to be deployed in classes should be able to accommodate those with learning disabilities or other special needs.

5. Implementation Costs of AI Technology in Education

Implementing AI systems requires significant investment. Educational institutions should be ready to allocate resources for the infrastructure that will be needed, software acquisition, data storage, as well as training for teachers and staff on how to use them. Hence, budget planning should be among your top considerations if you intend to have AI part of your classrooms.

Moreover, this isn’t a one-time expense. As AI technology continues to evolve still, you may find yourself having to upgrade current hardware and software. Costs should be anticipated for various upkeep and maintenance as well.

There is no doubt that AI can be a wonderful addition to any classroom as it creates new opportunities for students to learn better while making the process fresh and exciting for them. However, numerous considerations should first be taken into account before its implementation to ensure that it will work smoothly. Whether you are an educator, a student, or a parent, may the points raised in this article give you some insight into the benefits AI can offer you and thus also inspire you to think of ways how to overcome challenges that may come with it.

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Business, Mentorship, and AI Alexi Carmichael - Business, Mentorship, and AI
Alexi Carmichael is a tech writer with a special interest in AI's burgeoning role in enhancing the efficiency of American SMEs. With her know-how and experiences, she has since taken on the role of mentor for fellow entrepreneurs striving for digital optimization and transformation. With Tech Pilot, she shares her insights on navigating the complexities of AI and how to leverage its capabilities for business success.