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3 ways to Educate your Students about AI

AI-driven education frequently overlooks the intrinsic essence of education, which is inherently human.

Education centres on nurturing growth, fostering emotions, and forging connections.

AI can serve as a valuable tool but cannot replace effective teaching.

Teacher teaching a lesson with LessonUp

Why AI in education will never replace teachers

We’ve all been fortunate to have some exceptional teachers in our lives. What truly distinguished them was not just their effectiveness but rather their remarkable ability to form connections, motivate us, and make us feel unique.

Teachers could foster this same skill in students. It’s crucial that educators reevaluate how they create assignments and approach teaching in the age of AI. Technology should never be an obstacle but rather a means of support to aid your students in comprehending and thriving in our digitalised world.

Understanding the role of AI in education

When used appropriately, AI holds the potential to alleviate the workload in the education sector and give you more time to focus on what you love the most – delivering outstanding teaching, engaging with students, and witnessing their progress.

This is why, at LessonUp, we made the decision to embrace AI and integrate a generative language model into our toolkit. Her name is Maia, and she serves as an efficient AI assistant for teachers. You can use Maia to create initial drafts of your digital lessons, reducing your workload and saving valuable time. If you’re beginning to incorporate AI, it’s likely that your students are already encountering it as well. When done correctly, AI can support and enhance their educational journey, but there are associated risks. As their teacher, you can initiate discussions on this topic with them and set an example of responsible AI use.

Explore three ways to educate your students about AI:

1. Use ‘Created with Maia’ Tags

Consider generating the initial draft of a lesson (if you haven’t already) with the assistance of your free AI companion, Maia, and be sure to tag it as ‘Created with Maia’. Notify your students that you will visually mark lessons created with AI, and that they should do the same when they use AI for assignments. By fostering an environment of transparency, your students will likely follow suit. You are imparting a sense of responsibility and demonstrating the proper use of AI. You can download our ‘Created with Maia’ tag to set a positive example!

Created with Maia logo from LessonUp

Generative AI tools can make certain written tasks quicker and easier but cannot replace the judgement and deep subject knowledge of a human expert.

Departmental statement
Department for Education (UK)

2. Teach students how to verify AI-supplied information

Create two distinct digital lessons using Maia, both based on the same prompt, one reviewed and edited by you and one left unchanged. Challenge your students to identify the disparities between them. Next, encourage them to investigate a subject with the assistance of ChatGPT and collectively analyze it for inconsistencies and inaccuracies. By exemplifying responsible conduct and fostering a mindset of critical evaluation of AI-provided data, you illustrate to learners that this is the best approach.

The education sector needs to prepare students for changing workplaces, including teaching them how to use emerging technologies, such as generative AI, safely and appropriately.

Departmental statement
Department for Education (UK)

3. Discuss the Importance of Safeguarding Sensitive Data

As per guidance from the Department of Education, ‘Educational institutions should ensure that children and young individuals do not access or create harmful or inappropriate content, including via generative AI’. Safeguarding children in education is paramount, and you are in the best position to engage in a conversation with them about the significance of caution and refraining from disclosing personal information when using generative AI tools. It is also crucial to educate them about fraudsters who utilize AI language models to appear more professional or trustworthy.

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Thomas Courtley is a former faculty leader and teacher from South East England, with a true passion for human culture and society. For 10 years he worked within the UK educational system, in a variety of teaching roles and, over time, as head of different departments. He worked his way up the ladder with energy and dedication, seizing his chances to implement positive changes within the secondary schools he worked in. During this period of time, he worked in various roles, starting as a trainee and later taking on responsibilities as a literacy and numeracy coordinator, a history teacher, and a geography teacher. With time, he became head of humanities, geography, PSHE and RE. His deliberate choice led him to work in the outer South East London area, primarily in comprehensive schools with a substantial population of Pupil Premium Students. His personal background served as a powerful motivation to teach and connect with students who faced similar socio-economic challenges. Thomas believes that digital tools can support teachers in expressing themselves, engaging students, and promoting equality in the classroom.

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