7 Easy Ways to Use AI in the Classroom Today

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By Dr Nici Sweaney

AI is rapidly transforming the world, and the field of education is no exception. As educators, it’s important to integrate AI into our classrooms to show students how to use it responsibly and ethically. In this blog post, we’ll explore 7 ways to use AI in the classroom that you can implement today!

1. Instant Feedback

With AI, students can ask questions about subject matter using Chatbots like ChatGPT, or you can create a specific Chatbot that points students to subject-specific material, like previous lectures, workshops, or set readings. This provides instant feedback and promotes independent learning. If you’re interested in this, you can read this systematic review, which outlines how ChatBots are used in classrooms and an overview of their strengths in improving student learning.

2. Conversations with Historical Figures or Experts

With tools like ChatGPT, Hello History or Character.ai, students can converse with historical figures or experts in various fields. For example, students can chat with Einstein to understand relativity or quiz Mozart about his approach to music composition. This provides a unique and engaging learning experience.

A conversation with Andy Warhol, from Hello History (image from MyModernMet)

3. Practice Exam Questions

After briefing AI on your subject and students’ level, AI can produce practice exam questions and provide feedback on answers. This allows students to share their questions and answers among peers and explain their approach and the feedback they received.

4. Evaluating AI’s Summary

Have students use AI to summarise a particular topic and then ask them to evaluate the output. This teaches students to critically analyse what AI provides. For example, students can ask AI to produce a short essay on the causes of flooding in southeast Australia, and then find peer-reviewed literature that supports the output and alternative opinions.

5. Text to Image Art

AI programs like Fotor, DeepAI and Artssy can produce text to image art. Students can describe something to AI and evaluate what is returned, teaching them to improve their communication. Did they give AI enough information to produce a valid image? Do they need to refine it? Was it what they expected? Why or why not?

Image generated by DeepAI, with the prompt “make a sculpture in the style of French Renaissance of a mother and daughter embracing”

6. Individual Pop Quizzes

Similar to practice exam questions, you can use AI to provide each student with a small subset of questions relevant to that day’s lesson/lecture/workshop. Students can receive instant feedback and talk through results with peers to deepen their understanding.

7. Personalised Lesson Plans and Assessment/Revision Tasks

Tools like CuriPod and CoPilot can generate individual lesson plans and personalised assessment/revision tasks. This increases lesson access and equity by providing individualised ways for students to show they have reached learning outcomes. Leverage AI to do this work for you, so you can concentrate on your students.

AI is an incredibly powerful tool that can revolutionise the classroom experience. By integrating AI into your teaching methods, you can provide your students with unique, engaging and personalised learning experiences.

Let us know if you use any of these methods and how you found it (and feedback from your students).

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