• Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI): Information and Guidance



    As technology evolves, so does its integration into educational settings. One notable advancement is the emergence of Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools, such as ChatGPT and other Large Language Models (LLMs). These tools offer exciting opportunities for enhancing learning experiences, but they also present challenges that parents and educators should be aware of.


    This guidance document aims to provide insights into the opportunities and challenges associated with Generative AI in K-12 schools, while ensuring responsible and effective use of these technologies, by drawing from reputable sources like Common Sense Media and Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Next Level Lab.


    Data Privacy and Security

    The use of Generative AI tools must align with all applicable data protection and privacy laws, school policies and best practices. Users of Generative AI tools should never utilize personally identifiable information (PII) or staff data, such as names, birthdates, addresses, phone numbers or sensitive student information such as medical history, etc.


    Opportunities Associated with Generative AI for Kids and Schools:

    1. Potential for Personalized Learning: Generative AI tools can adapt to individual students' needs, providing tailored content and exercises that cater to varying learning styles and paces.

    2. Potential to Increase Access to High-Quality Education: These tools have the potential to bridge educational gaps by offering resources and assistance to students in underserved areas or with special learning needs.

    3. Potential to Enhance Creativity and Creation: Generative AI can inspire creative thinking by assisting students in generating ideas, stories, and artistic expressions.

    4. Potential to Increase Engagement and Motivation: AI-generated content can capture students' interest, making learning more engaging and motivating.

    5. Potential to Center Critical Thinking Skills: Interacting with AI-generated content can encourage students to think critically about sources, credibility, and the accuracy of information.

    6. Potential to Support Teachers: Educators can leverage AI tools to create customized teaching materials, saving time and enabling more individualized instruction.


    Challenges Associated with Generative AI for Kids and Schools:

    1. Bias and Fairness: AI-generated content might inherit biases present in the data it was trained on, potentially perpetuating stereotypes or unequal representation.

    2. Risk of Misinformation: The reliance on AI-generated content could inadvertently propagate misinformation, as not all information generated is guaranteed to be accurate.

    3. Privacy, Data Security, and Safety: The use of AI tools may involve sharing sensitive student data, raising concerns about data privacy and cybersecurity.

    4. Dependence on Technology: Over-reliance on AI tools might hinder students' development of essential skills and limit their ability to think independently.

    5. Interpersonal/School Community Challenges: Excessive use of AI tools could reduce opportunities for face-to-face interactions and collaborative learning experiences.

    6. Impact of Open Beta Testing on Kids: Exposure to AI tools in their experimental phases could influence how children perceive technology's role in their lives.



    Generative AI tools offer both exciting opportunities and potential challenges in K-12 educational settings. By demystifying AI, focusing on the learning process, honoring student agency, motivating through various sources, and cultivating skills that AI cannot replicate, educators can harness the power of AI while ensuring responsible integration. Parents and educators working together can equip students with the skills they need to navigate a world increasingly influenced by AI.




    Are ChatGPT and other generative AI tools blocked in Sycamore?

    ChatGPT and other generative AI tools are not blocked for staff but currently are blocked for students in grades K-8, due to terms of use and required parental permission. ChatGPT is open at the high school and should only be utilized by those students who have submitted prior approval from a parent or guardian. We are exploring AI tools that are acceptable by K-8 students from a privacy perspective.


    What are ChatGPT’s Terms of Use?

    Students must be at least 13 years old to use the Services. For students at Sycamore High School under 18, they must have their parent or legal guardian’s permission to use the services.  Please utilize the permission form in Final Forms to obtain parent permission for student use of ChatGPT and other generative AI applications. If a student does not have submitted permission, they should not be accessing and utilizing ChatGPT - doing so would be a violation of Sycamore’s Responsible Use Principles.


    What Generative AI tools are currently approved for student use in Sycamore?

    Currently, ChatGPT is approved for student use (see terms of use above). We are exploring AI tools that are acceptable by K-8 students from a privacy perspective.


    Is there a proper way to cite the output of ChatGPT and other AI tools?


    What about ChatGPT Detector Apps/Software?

    Detecting AI writing is an imperfect science. It is also challenging because generative AI is new and will continue to quickly evolve. ChatGPT Detectors have incorrectly but confidently labeled human written text as being from AI. Due to the unreliable nature of current ChatGPT Detectors, Sycamore Schools recommends much caution if utilizing these platforms.


    What resources do we have available to us to begin learning about AI with our students?



    Information in this guidance document is drawn from the following sources:


    Gunnison Watershed School District, Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI): Information and Guidance


    Cao, L., & Dede, C. (2023). Navigating A World of Generative AI: Suggestions for Educators. The Next Level Lab at Harvard Graduate School of Education. President and Fellows of Harvard College: Cambridge, MA.


    Domínguez, A. (2023, March 22). We Can't Keep ChatGPT Out of the Classroom, so Let's Address the 'Why' Behind Our Fears. EdSurge. [https://www.edsurge.com/news/2023-03-22-we-can-t-keep-chatgpt-out-of-the-classroom-so-let-s-address-the-why-behind-our-fears]. Accessed August 28, 2023.


    OpenAI. (2023). ChatGPT (Mar 14 version) [Large language model]. https://chat.openai.com/chat


    Spencer, J. (2023). A Beginner's Guide to Artificial Intelligence in Education. Retrieved from [https://spencerauthor.com/ai-education/].  Accessed August 28, 2023.


    Torney, R. (2023). AI and Our Kids: Common Sense Considerations and Guidance for Parents, Educators, and Policymakers. Common Sense Media.


    Trust, T. (2023, January). Chat GPT and Education. [Google Slides presentation]. Retrieved from [https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Vo9w4ftPx-rizdWyaYoB-pQ3DzK1n325OgDgXsnt0X0/edit#slide=id.p]. Accessed August 2023.