SIIA Releases Guiding Principles for AI in Ed Tech

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) today released a set of guiding principles for artificial intelligence in education technology.

The principles, called the "Education Technology Industry's Principles for the Future of AI in Education," were releasd at an event on Capitol Hill today and were developed in conjunction with several companies involved in education and ed tech, including Pearson, D2L, Instructure, McGraw Hill, GoGuardian, and others.

The seven principles are (taken verbatim from SIIA):

  1. AI technologies in education should address the needs of learners, educators and families.

  2. AI technologies in education should account for educational equity, inclusion and civil rights as key elements of successful learning environments.

  3. AI technologies used in education must protect student privacy and data.

  4. AI technologies used in education should strive for transparency to enable the school community to effectively understand and engage with the AI tools.

  5. Companies building AI tools for education should engage with education institutions and stakeholders to explain and demystify the opportunities and risks of new AI technologies.

  6. Education technology companies and AI developers should adopt best practices for accountability, assurance and ethics, calibrated to mitigate risks and achieve the goals of these Principles.

  7. The education technology industry should work with the greater education community to identify ways to support AI literacy for students and educators.

The guiding principles document elaborates on these principles.

According to the organization: "SIIA believes that the successful deployment of AI technologies in education must be done in a way that supports those who use it, protects innovation in the field, and addresses the risks associated with the development and use of these new tools. AI should replace neither the educator nor the learning experience. The Education Technology Industry's Principles for the Future of AI in Education builds on experiences with and successes in using these technologies to advance educational objectives. These principles provide a framework for how we can look to the future of implementing AI technologies in a purpose-driven, transparent, and equitable manner."

"With AI being used by many teachers and educational institutions, we determined it was critical to work with the education technology industry to develop a set of principles to guide the future development and deployment of these innovative technologies,” said Chris Mohr, president of SIIA, in a prepared statement. "Partnering with teachers, parents, and students will be critical to improving educational outcomes, protecting privacy and civil rights, and understanding of these technologies. I commend our member companies who embraced this initiative to collaborate and for their commitment to support our children and teachers."

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