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Embracing AI in Education: A Librarian’s Guide to Empowering Students and Teachers


In the rapidly evolving landscape of education, it is our responsibility to ensure that students are prepared to navigate the real world, which is becoming increasingly infused with Artificial Intelligence (AI). It is imperative that we advocate for the integration of AI in our schools and guide our students in leveraging it effectively. Here’s how we can play a pivotal role:

1.Advocating for AI Integration

Blocking or limiting access to AI tools within educational settings hampers the growth of our students. Rather than shielding them from AI, let’s advocate for its responsible use. Students can harness AI’s power for research, problem-solving, and creative endeavors by understanding its capabilities and limitations.

2. Empowering Teachers
Our collaboration with teachers is crucial in fostering AI literacy. We can organize workshops and sessions to familiarize educators with AI concepts and tools. We enable them to confidently integrate AI into their teaching methods by providing the necessary knowledge and resources.
  1. Reflect on Lessons

Encourage teachers to reflect on their lessons and assignments to identify areas where AI can enhance student learning. AI can aid in data analysis, research, and even creativity. By infusing AI into the learning process, students can engage with it as an ally rather than an obstacle.

b) Implement Safeguards

  • Put measures in place to ensure student safety and ethical use. Teachers should establish guidelines that promote responsible AI usage, emphasizing the importance of originality and integrity in their work.
  • Communicate clear guidelines about when AI can be used and when it’s not appropriate. A blanket ban on AI tools stifles learning opportunities.
  • Create regular checkpoints throughout assignments to provide insights into students’ progress. Encourage teachers to use tools like Google Docs for comments, fostering an ongoing dialogue that showcases their involvement in the learning process.
  • Request students to submit brainstorms, outlines, and notes alongside their assignments. This demonstrates their learning journey, offering a glimpse into their thought processes and development.
  • Require students to include a reflection on their learning journey with their assignments. This reflection can detail how they harnessed AI, overcame challenges, and evolved their ideas—ultimately fostering deeper understanding.
3. Librarians as AI Resources

As librarians, we must lead by example. Invest time in familiarizing yourself with AI tools and trends. By embracing AI in our work, we become valuable resources for students, teachers, and the school community.

Our role as librarians extends beyond traditional boundaries in a world where AI is becoming ubiquitous. By advocating for AI integration, supporting teachers, and guiding students through responsible AI usage, we equip them with the skills needed to excel in the modern landscape. Let’s embark on this journey together, ensuring our students aren’t just AI users but AI-savvy learners.

Brenda Brusegard

Teacher Librarian, Oberoi International School


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