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THE SKINNY
on AI for Education

Special Edition, mid February 2024

Welcome to The Skinny on AI for Education newsletter. Discover the latest insights at the intersection of AI and education from Professor Rose Luckin and the EVR Team. From personalized learning to smart classrooms, we decode AI's impact on education. We analyse the news, track developments in AI technology, watch what is happening with regulation and policy and discuss what all of it means for Education. Stay informed, navigate responsibly, and shape the future of learning with The Skinny.

AI Awareness in Schools and Events & Conferences

AI Awareness

Over the past 6 months the team at EDUCATE Ventures Research has collected data from over 1217 respondents from across the world. The data was collected as part of workshops and presentations at schools and different events and conferences. We asked the respondents, primarily educators, to rate themselves on a 5 point Likert scale (from 0 – 5, with 0 being Strongly Disagree and 5 being Strongly Agree) on 8 questions: 
 

  1. I understand the general concepts of AI; 

  1. I have a good understanding of how AI can be used in schools; 

  1. I use AI tools to reduce my workload; 

  1. I use AI in my teaching to personalise learning; 

  1. I am confident using AI in the classroom; 

  1. I create resources and materials with AI tools; 

  1. I understand the potential threats of AI systems; 

  1. I understand how to safeguard against potential threats of AI; 
     

The consolidated results are illustrated in the graph below and demonstrate some interesting insights:  

  • Most respondents feel that they understand the general concepts of AI (average score 3.54), and that they also have an understanding of the potential threats posed by AI systems in an educational setting (average score 3.28). 

  • However, at the same time, they are unsure of how to safeguard against these potential threats (average score 2.31) and unsure of how to use the technology in the classroom (average score 2.36). 

  • The respondents who participated as a part of an event or conference, generally scored themselves higher on all the questions. The difference was statistically significant for questions 2, 3, 6 and 7.  

  • This is possibly because of the nature of the audience. The respondents who attended as part of a school workshop were primarily teachers or school heads from the UK, while the attendees at conferences belonged to a more international audience with a higher representation of experts in the field. Overall though, the general ‘shape’ of the graph remains the same for both.  

  • Interestingly, the standard deviation is higher for the school group (0.52) compared to the events group (0.41) 

  • The correlations between the eight questions are generally positive, but there are some interesting exceptions – for example the correlation between question 1 (understanding general AI concepts) and question 8 (understanding how to safeguard against threats) is 0.49, and even lower for question 5 (confident in using AI in the classroom) at 0.4. 

What is clear is that the uncertainty around how to safeguard against AI threats is common across all stakeholders, from teachers and school leaders (from primary, secondary and higher ed) to builders of EdTech products and parents. And unless we address the risks associated with AI in education, we not only miss out on its immense potential benefits but also risk causing serious harm.

We invite educators concerned or curious about AI use in their educational environment to apply for our AI CPD courses, available at the link below. 

AI Awareness in Schools and Events & Conferences

Further Reading: Find out more from these resources

Free resources: 

  • Watch videos from other talks about AI and Education in our webinar library here

  • Watch the AI Readiness webinar series for educators and educational businesses 

  • Listen to the EdTech Podcast, hosted by Professor Rose Luckin here

  • Study our AI readiness Online Course and Primer on Generative AI here

  • Read our byte-sized summary, listen to audiobook chapters, and buy the AI for School Teachers book here

  • Read research about AI in education here

About The Skinny

Welcome to "The Skinny on AI for Education" newsletter, your go-to source for the latest insights, trends, and developments at the intersection of artificial intelligence (AI) and education. In today's rapidly evolving world, AI has emerged as a powerful tool with immense potential to revolutionize the field of education. From personalized learning experiences to advanced analytics, AI is reshaping the way we teach, learn, and engage with educational content.

 

In this newsletter, we aim to bring you a concise and informative overview of the applications, benefits, and challenges of AI in education. Whether you're an educator, administrator, student, or simply curious about the future of education, this newsletter will serve as your trusted companion, decoding the complexities of AI and its impact on learning environments.

 

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