Free Classes from Google and Adobe That Certify Educators Have Basic AI Literacy

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Want to empower school staff to use generative artificial intelligence (gen AI) but are unsure they’ll know how to use it effectively and responsibly? Google and Adobe are stepping up to help by providing free introductory courses on AI literacy designed specifically for educators.

"Teachers are excited to use AI tools, and many districts like ours are adopting solutions specifically designed for the educational setting. As teachers explore other tools independently it's critical for them to be aware of things like AI hallucinations, implicit and explicit bias, and the possible inadvertent sharing of sensitive data," says Andrew Wallace, Director of Technology in South Portland Schools in Maine. "The sort of training we are providing locally and the certifications by Google and Adobe go a long way toward providing peace of mind to school leaders and our community as we explore this revolutionary technology"

Google's course is tailored to demonstrate how gen AI can enhance teaching methodologies, while Adobe's training explores practical applications of gen AI within educational settings with students. These courses not only build foundational knowledge but also provide a certification of completion.

Here’s a little about each.

Generative AI for Educators From Google

In this two-hour course, participants learn about generative AI, which is a type of AI that creates new content, such as text, images, or other media. You’ll explore how to use generative AI tools to assist your teaching practice by saving time on everyday tasks, personalizing instruction to meet student needs, and enhancing lessons and activities in creative ways. Gemini and ChatGPT are examples of generative AI tools that are used with conversational prompts; in other words, you ask the AI tool for something, and it responds to your request.

Throughout this course, you’ll discover proven strategies for working with AI tools, and practice using them to plan and update lessons, prepare instructional materials, manage behind-the-scenes administrative tasks, and lots more!

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify ways generative AI can assist your professional practice
  • Create classroom resources using an AI tool
  • Write prompts for an AI tool and evaluate the output

The class also has useful handouts:

Participants can take an optional final assessment if they’d like to receive a certificate of completion of the two-hour course. Get started with Generative AI for Educators.

Generative AI in the Classroom with Adobe Express

In this 30-minute self-paced Lightning Learning course, participants learn about the many applications Adobe Express’ new generative AI features have for teaching and learning and explore creative and simple activities that support students throughout any project.

Join expert educators in this fun, practical, and easy-to-follow course. Each lesson has quick videos and examples of ready-to-go lesson ideas and remixable templates that can be used as-is, or paired with participant’s lessons and resources in any subject.

This course will enable participants to:

  • Understand the basics of Adobe Express.
  • Create generative AI text prompts and projects that support student creativity in any class.
  • Access free resources to enhance your students’ learning experiences.

At the end of the course, participants will be asked to submit an assignment. Once submitted, participants will receive a digital badge and a certificate for 30 minutes of professional learning. Enroll for AI in the Classroom.

These complementary courses help build foundational knowledge and provide an assessment to certify basic competency in using generative AI in educational settings. By completing these courses, educators not only gain critical knowledge but will also have increased confidence to responsibly and effectively integrate AI tools into their teaching methodologies, enhancing both their instructional practices and their students' learning experiences.

Lisa Nielsen (@InnovativeEdu) has worked as a public-school educator and administrator since 1997. She is a prolific writer best known for her award-winning blog, The Innovative Educator. Nielsen is the author of several books and her writing has been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Tech & Learning.  

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