What Potential Does AI-Generated Content Hold?
While generative AI might seem like just a fun experience for general users, Wu says the technology could significantly affect society.
In fact, AI-generated content could serve as “powerful and useful assistants and assets to human experts by significantly improving their productivity and by potentially augmenting their creativity,” he says.
Within education, Wu believes that AI-generated content could be “leveraged in rethinking and redesigning educational resources and tools to facilitate better and faster learning experiences at all levels.”
For example, AI could create personalized content models for teaching and learning, replacing textbooks.
Rachelle Dene Poth, a 2021 EdTech influencer and teacher who regularly presents about AI to her fellow K–12 educators, agrees that AI can support personalized learning.
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“Game-based learning tools, for example, have AI built into them, so they can create personalized learning paths for students,” Poth says. She has also been teaching about and using AI in her Spanish language classes and in science, technology, engineering, arts and math classes at Riverview School District in Oakmont, Pa., for several years.
“If I start a game in my class in real time with my Spanish-language students,” she says, “with AI built into that as the students are answering, it can adjust and make its own personalized learning path.”
Poth also sees generative AI as an opportunity for students to engage in close reading, creativity and critical analysis.
For Wu, AI’s impact on education is only beginning. “Similar in spirit to how YouTube has reshaped the learning experience for almost everyone, AI-generated content will certainly do more,” he says.