An AI Playbook for the Classroom and Beyond

Jarrod Barnes - Professor at New York University

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Jarrod Barnes, Professor at NYU, is an early adopter of AI in the classroom. As a lifelong coach, he's developing an AI playbook for educators to help others engage with these tools and drive positive outcomes in the classroom.

Jarrod has been experimenting with AI in his own classes, and now he's sitting down with us to share all the key takeaways. This is a great episode for those wanting to embrace AI but first want to hear from someone who has already paved the path.

Inside this episode:

  • Primer on AI: what is it and how does it work?
  • The top concerns facing education around AI
  • 3 core applications for AI in the classroom that have proven to be highly successful for students
  • How to implement AI practice into every class
  • Educators as facilitators vs. keepers of the knowledge

3 Big Takeaways from this episode:

  1. AI is a reasoning machine: The GPT in ChatGPT stands for "generative pre-trained transformer" - a reasoning machine that takes your inputs, evaluates them based on the parameters it was trained on, and generates an output. Get a primer on ChatGPT, GPT4, other AI tools for the some key concerns educators are thinking about.
  2. 3 applications for AI that have benefited students at NYU: Translation of lecture notes for international students whose first language is not English, adapting the content of the lecture to the preferred learning modality of the student (shift text to images and graphs, transform video to text, etc.), and solving for the "cold start" for students and help unblock them and get their mind going.
  3. AI will disrupt the student - teacher relationship: What makes AI different than technological advances of recent years is the combined speed of innovation + speed of adoption. AI will empower the agency of the individual learner while pushing educators to create meaningful learning experiences for those students. No longer are teachers the keepers of knowledge that they impart to students. Instead, they're the facilitators to help students learn using all the native knowlege that's available immediately at their fingertips. Tools like AI will help magnify learning in this new way.


To learn more about NYU, visit:

Read: Forget Lectures, It's Time for Conversational Learning: GPT-4 and the Future of Education

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