Michigan Virtual workgroup releasing AI Guidance for K-12 educators

LANSING—Alongside statewide education partners, Michigan Virtual Monday released a sample K-12 AI Guidance document that specifically addresses educators’ approach to AI use.

The workgroup includes leaders from 13 organizations, including the Michigan Education Association, the Michigan Association of School Boards, the Michigan Association of Superintendents and Administrators, the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals, Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals, the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning, and more.

“Artificial intelligence is beginning to impact schools each day, often without clear guidelines or directions, and it’s critical that our educators are supported,” said Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute Senior Director Ken Dirkin. “We’ve partnered with education leaders around the state to establish best practices and guidelines in the hopes that such standards are considered when developing local policies around this new technology.”

This AI Guidance document was written specifically for K-12 educator use, focusing on the impacts of data compliance, ethical use requirements, and the challenges around disclosure for educators.

“We have entered a crucial time in the education landscape where coordinating the resources of the most influential and knowledgeable education organizations in our state is more valuable than ever, as together we can provide common guidance on artificial intelligence understanding and integration to benefit our K-12 environment,” said Mark Smith, MACUL executive director. “We are proud to partner with Michigan Virtual, as well as this collaborative group of professionals, to embrace and empower AI for education across our state.”

Statewide, this is the first group to come together and establish an AI workgroup or focus on AI learning in schools, led by Michigan Virtual’s recently established AI Lab.

“As AI has the potential to greatly impact education and learning.  Michigan Virtual and our partners have a responsibility to Michigan’s education ecosystem to lead the way in establishing best practices for learning, development, and educational policy around AI,” said Jamey Fitzpatrick, CEO of Michigan Virtual. “These guidelines are a good first step in building a coalition of support and a clear educational standard for our educators.”

The AI Guidance document can be found here, and was created as a complementary resource to Michigan Virtual’s Planning Guide for AI.  Additional resources from the Michigan Virtual AI Lab can be found here.

Michigan Virtual is a nonprofit educational organization that is leading and collaborating to build learning environments for tomorrow. It has provided research-based online learning options, original research on learning innovations, and consulting partnerships to educational organizations for more than two decades.

To learn about new models and resources to move learning forward at michiganvirtual.org.


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