AI continues to grow and a new study “The 2024 Educator AI Report: Perceptions, Practices, and Potential,” provides insight into how teachers’ perceptions of AI use in the classroom have evolved since the start of the 2023–24 school year.

Findings

Key findings show that 50% of educators reported an increase in AI usage, by both students and teachers, over the 202324 school year. When specifically asked about generative AI tools, participants reported an 18% increase in use since first reported in September 2023. This rapid adoption highlights the significant role AI plays in today’s classrooms.

Despite these advancements, 33% of educators remain dissatisfied with the current level of AI implementation, citing insufficient training, exposure, and lack of clear policies or guidelines.

Potential is Real

Schools must continue to prioritize effective AI implementation to realize its potential to enhance educational outcomes fully.

“Imagine Learning is dedicated to solving real problems for educators by integrating AI to reduce teachers’ workloads, enabling them to focus more on direct student engagement,” said Sari Factor, vice chair and chief strategy officer of Imagine Learning in a news release. “Our commitment to creating collaboratively with our education partners ensures that AI tools are practical and supportive, ultimately enhancing learning outcomes and providing timely feedback to students.”

Other Key Findings

  • AI’s Positive Impact: 55% of participants agree that generative AI will positively impact the classroom. Expectations for accessibility have also remained consistent, with 88% believing that generative AI can positively impact accessibility.
  • Teacher Resources: 84% view training sessions, which include practical applications and ethical use of AI, as the most valuable tool to support generative AI implementation. However, only 28% believe they have the resources they need to address potential implementation issues of generative AI — a drop from 33% in the fall.
  • Popular Generative AI Use Cases: Participants see generative AI being used most often for analyzing student data (68%), creating instructional material (67%), and grading (65%). Currently, teachers have the most experience using tools for language processing (38%) and automatic grading (38%).
  • Top AI Concerns: When compared to September 2023 results, participants expressed increased concern with cheating (84% versus 72%) and misinterpretation of results (69% versus 54%). Seventy-four percent are also worried about the potential negative impact on students’ writing abilities.

“The survey highlights how quickly AI is becoming a significant influence in today’s classrooms,” said Jason Fournier, vice president of product management for AI Initiatives at Imagine Learning. “We are focused on deeply integrating AI into our products and tools to meet educators’ needs, ensuring each student benefits from personalized, effective learning experiences. By addressing these challenges, we aim to provide enriched educational opportunities to every student.”

Download the full report to see more of what teachers say about AI’s role in the classroom. For comparison, you can find the previous iteration of the report from September 2023 here.

Methodology

The survey consisted of responses from 157 K–12 educators who work in districts across the U.S. Imagine Learning surveyed from April 24–May 6, 2024, through an online quantitative survey that was approximately seven minutes in length. 68% of respondents were teachers, 11% were school administrators, and 9% were support staff.

Source: Imagine Learning LLC