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What is Artificial Intelligence?

The recent surge in popularity of generative AI such as Gemini and ChatGPT has brought these tools to the forefront of educational discussions. However, it's important to understand that these programs represent a specific type of AI, not the entirety of the field. Generative AI focuses on creating human-like text, code, or other creative content. The broader field of AI encompasses a much wider range of technologies and approaches, all aimed at building intelligent systems capable of replicating human tasks.

"The term ‘artificial intelligence’ means a machine-based system that can, for a given set of human-defined objectives, make predictions, recommendations or decisions influencing real or virtual environments." ~ NATIONAL ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE ACT OF 2020

Different Types of Artificial Intelligence

Our daily lives are increasingly intertwined with Artificial Intelligence (AI), which comes in both standalone and integrated features.

Standalone AI programs are like specialized tools in a toolbox. They excel at specific tasks, like writing different creative text formats or creating fantastic images. These programs are independent and don't require other software to function.

Integrated AI Features on the other hand, are like multi-tools. They're built into existing software programs, seamlessly combining functionalities. This creates a smoother workflow where data can flow freely between different functions within the same program.

Essentially, AI, in all its forms, allows machines to learn, adapt, and perform tasks like humans, often more quickly and accurately. It's a rapidly evolving technology that's already a part of our everyday lives.

2023. Bringing AI to School: Tips for School Leaders. International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). [LINK] 

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Guidance for Employees

Navigating the evolving landscape of AI in education requires a balanced approach. While its potential to enhance learning is undeniable, ethical considerations and responsible use are paramount. This document provides employees with a framework to harness AI's power while mitigating potential risks. Together, we can foster an inclusive and equitable learning environment where technology empowers all students to thrive.

The Hawaii Department of Education is committed to fostering responsible AI use in education. We will continue collaborating with employees, policymakers, and technology developers to ensure AI empowers all learners and strengthens our educational system.

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Education Summit

Navigating the evolving landscape of AI in education requires a balanced approach. While its potential to enhance learning is undeniable, ethical considerations and responsible use are paramount. This event provides educators and students with a framework to harness AI's power while mitigating potential risks. Together, we can foster an inclusive and equitable learning environment where technology empowers all students to thrive.

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The Power of Conversational AI

This session explores the exciting potential of generative AI to transform the educational landscape.  Learn how generative AI can create personalized learning experiences,  foster deeper student engagement, and support all educators. We'll delve into the fundamentals of AI training, natural language processing (NLP), and the ethical considerations of AI in education. Explore innovative applications of generative AI, from  crafting engaging teaching materials to differentiated support.  Join the discussion and discover how this cutting-edge technology can enhance teaching and learning for all.

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Leverage AI for Effective Assessment

This session empowers educators to leverage AI for effective assessments! Explore strategies for designing standards-aligned assessments, crafting clear rubrics, and utilizing AI tools to create engaging performance tasks. Through interactive demos, hands-on activities, and discussions, discover how AI can unlock personalized feedback on student writing, generate practice activities tailored to individual needs, and reveal hidden strengths through AI-powered insights. Leave with an action plan to implement AI-enhanced assessments and personalize learning for all students!

Prerequisite: The Power of Conversational AI

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Overview of AI in the HIDOE Asynchronous Course

In the rapidly evolving landscape of education, harnessing the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) can be a game-changer for both educators and students. An asynchronous course was created for HIDOE staff to better understand AI and its practical application, with a specific focus on generative AI applications such as Gemini and ChatGPT.

Overview of AI In the HIDOE Course.

School Level AI Use Language

The following statements are provided as draft examples for School Level AI Use Guidelines in the Classroom. They are intended to serve as a starting point for your school to develop its own guidelines.  Please adapt and modify these examples to reflect the specific needs, curriculum, and educational philosophy of your schools. It is recommended to consult with relevant stakeholders, such as faculty, students, and administrators, when finalizing your School Level AI Use Guidelines.

Prohibited AI Use Language

"In this course, we emphasize the development of critical thinking and independent problem-solving skills. To achieve this, the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for calculations and formula application is strictly prohibited during all class activities, including lectures, discussions, and exams. We encourage grappling with problems manually to build a deep understanding of the underlying concepts and foster a spirit of creative exploration. This approach will not only equip you with strong foundational knowledge but also empower you to tackle challenges where AI access may be limited."

Acceptable AI Use Language

"In this course, we acknowledge the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a problem-solving tool. We encourage the exploration and utilization of AI alongside the development of critical thinking and analytical skills. Students are welcome to leverage AI for calculations, formula application, and data analysis during class activities, including lectures, discussions, and exams. However, a deep understanding of the underlying concepts remains paramount. We will emphasize the interpretation of AI outputs and encourage students to explain the reasoning behind the results. This approach fosters a comprehensive learning experience, equipping you with the ability to effectively utilize AI tools while retaining strong foundational knowledge and critical thinking abilities."

HIDOE Resources

These guidelines are intended to protect the Department’s information, assets, users, and information technology resources in compliance with federal regulations, state laws, and Board of Education policies.

6.10. Users shall comply with all federal regulations, state laws, board of education policies, administrative regulations, and school standards and rules in using technological resources.

6.15. Users shall ensure any data provided or transmitted to vendors, agencies, non‑Department entities, etc. complies with all federal regulations, state laws, and board policies related to information and data privacy.

Guiding students in their use of technology as a tool to support their achievement and encourages their use of HIDOE-owned or leased digital devices, network, and internet services for educational programs within the framework of its responsible use guidelines.

8) Unauthorized Uses of the Internet or HIDOE Digital Device

B) Copyright laws and plagiarism

i) Students will not plagiarize or download unauthorized copyrighted or licensed material. HIDOE is not responsible or liable for materials in violation of copyright laws. Users are responsible for the content of their postings and obtaining all necessary permissions or licenses for any material used.

The purpose of this Code of Conduct (Code) is to establish standards of conduct for all employees, contractors, and volunteers of the Hawaii Department of Education (DOE).

Standards of Ethical Conduct

Employees, contractors, and volunteers shall maintain high standards of honesty, integrity, and impartiality.

A. Adhere to Generally Recognized Professional Standards

B. Honesty

F. Confidential Information

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