It’s been another week full of AI developments. OpenAI recently announced a range of exciting features, as detailed in this article, which are poised to significantly enhance educational methodologies. However, many of these cutting-edge features are reserved for premium users who pay a €20 monthly fee for early access. Fortunately, Bing Chat’s Copilot feature, which is freely available, encompasses a host of these innovations. You can access Bing Chat by visiting https://www.bing.com and selecting the Chat button, and for an optimal experience, choose the ‘Creative’ conversational style. This guide aims to demonstrate how AI capabilities can enhance the teaching and learning happening in our schools.
For the purpose of this blog, a specific example of teaching spellings is used. In order to maximise the effectiveness of spelling lessons, consider crafting personalised stories that cater to each child’s unique interests. Incorporate the spelling words within these narratives, ensuring the language and complexity align with the students’ varying reading abilities. This approach will result in a personalised learning experience that matches the individual student’s learning profile and interests and will likely lead to increased motivation on the child’s part.
Child A: Working Towards Expectations
Profile of Child: This child has dyslexia. This child studies half of the weekly spellings list. This child has a keen interest in football and supports Man United.
AI Prompt: Create a short match report using the 6 spelling words about the previous Manchester United game, the language should be simple and easy to read.
Child B: Working At Expectations
Profile of Child: This child represents the majority of the class. It is science week in class this week and the class teacher’s name is Eoghan, therefore the main story will incorporate both of those details.
AI Prompt: Create a short story in a news report style about 6th class in (enter school name) embarking on science experiments in groups – include all of the spelling words in the story. Design a cool poster for science week to include in the reading.
Child C: Working Beyond Expectations
Profile of Child: This child is working far beyond the pace of the class and is in need of a challenge.
AI Prompt: Adapt the story on 6th class for Science week but use more advanced vocabulary throughout and instead of using the spelling words within the writing, use synonyms or definitions of the spelling words to add a layer of challenge for the reader.
On a practical level, it would possibly taking collaboration with special education teachers and parents in order to execute the above however this is just one of many ways of using AI to personalise teaching and learning.
Exploring AI’s Future in Education
For those interested in the evolving role of AI in education, Peter H. Diamandis’ insightful discussion provides a glimpse into how AI technologies could revolutionise educational landscapes, underscoring their potential impacts and applications. This talk delves into the transformative possibilities that AI offers, presenting educators with innovative ways to enhance learning experiences and outcomes.