As far as technologies go, artificial intelligence is definitely the new kid on the block. And the possibilities of what generative AI can do for education is seemingly endless. With so much potential for generative AI, many EdTech providers are pursuing ways this technology can improve the educational experience.
A good example is MagicSchool which offers over 50 different ways AI can be used for EdTech purposes. Before rushing forward to embrace artificial intelligence we should thoughtfully consider whether these AI-based tools can actually produce a better product. Realize that any technology, whether analog or digital is imperfect—each has its strengths as well as weaknesses.
Let’s step aside for a moment to consider an analogous tool—the Swiss Army knife. Obviously, there are different versions. With a dozen or more tools, it’s a “jack-of-all-trades” device yet the master of none. Just like AI, it comes in handy here and there when there’s nothing else around or a better alternative. But it's certainly no power tool. Don’t believe me….just ask a carpenter or construction worker how much they use Swiss Army knives for their daily work!