One teacher’s take on harnessing AI in schools – PBS NewsHour

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Adrian Antao is a high school English teacher at KIPP NYC. Adrian has worked with educators, coders and designers at the nonprofit to develop Project Toni, an AI tool to support his students with their writing revisions. While many are worried about using AI in the classroom, Adrian has found real benefits. He shares his Brief But Spectacular take on harnessing AI in schools.

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  1. Who is Adrian Antao and what is his background?
  2. Where does Antao teach?
  3. What was Antao’s initial reaction to ChatGPT?
  4. How does Antao use AI in his own classroom?
  5. Why does AI help students with confidence in their own writing, according to Antao?


  • Do you think AI has some potential benefits in the classroom?
  • How do you think AI might be used to enhance student learning?
  • What do you think are some problems or drawbacks to using AI in the classroom?

Media literacy: Why do you think this story focused on a positive use of AI in the classroom?

Alternative: See, Think, Wonder: What did you notice? What did the story make you think? What would you want to find out more about?


What students can do:

The story presented in this lesson highlights the positive potential of AI in the classroom. But what are some of the fears teachers and students have about AI and education? Watch the following video and discuss — what fears are expressed in the story? Do you think the fears are valid?

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