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AI in Education Bi-weekly Digest - Issue #19


Welcome to our latest #19 newsletter where we explore the transformative potential and complex challenges of artificial intelligence (AI) in education. As AI continues to shape the educational landscape, we find ourselves at a critical juncture, reminiscent of the resistance against calculators in the 1970s. In this issue, we delve into the latest developments, insights, and best practices surrounding AI's integration into learning environments, while also addressing the ethical considerations and governance measures needed to ensure responsible implementation.


News, Articles & Blogs:

[Commentary] Artificial Intelligence in Education: Return of the Once-feared Calculator or a New Opportunity? - Artificial intelligence in education is compared to the initial resistance against calculators in the 1970s. Sheela VanHoose of TSG Advisors highlights AI's potential for enhancing lesson planning, grading, and providing feedback. She urges embracing AI through policy frameworks, professional development, data protection, curriculum integration, and ongoing evaluation.


[Sharing] How to Build Your Own Robot Friend: Making AI Education More Accessible - USC researchers have developed an open-source platform to help students create a low-cost robot companion. The project aims to make AI education more accessible and includes lessons on AI ethics and fairness. The customizable robot, Blossom, provides hands-on experience in robotics and AI technology.


[Sharing] AI 'for All': How Acess to New Models Is Advancing Academic Research, from Astronomy to Education - Microsoft Research's groundbreaking Advancing Foundation Models Research (AFMR) initiative is revolutionizing the world of academia. With access to cutting-edge AI models through Azure AI Services, researchers from 15 countries are pushing the boundaries of scientific discovery across diverse disciplines. From transforming education to unraveling the mysteries of the universe, AFMR is fostering a global community of AI innovators.


[Commentary] How Artificial Intelligence Can Help - And Hurt - Students - In a recent study, Utah students were found most likely to use AI like ChatGPT to cheat on essays. While AI can save time and minimize errors, overreliance may hinder critical thinking and writing skills. Educators should find ways to incorporate AI in the classroom to enhance student learning responsibly.


[Commentary] Subsidy to Learn AI Models: Singapore Budget to Accommodate AI Learning for People over 40 - Singapore's 2024 budget introduces a groundbreaking subsidy program to support individuals over 40 in acquiring AI skills. The initiative aims to future-proof the workforce, foster lifelong learning, and enhance Singapore's economic resilience. By democratizing access to AI education, the subsidy is set to transform the job market and strengthen Singapore's position as a global tech leader.


[Commentary] Is Generative AI Truly Making Disinformation Worse? - While generative AI raises concerns about its potential to amplify disinformation, the real issue lies in the flaws of our current information ecosystem. Addressing vulnerabilities in tech policies, media trust, and cybersecurity is crucial to combating the spread of false information, regardless of AI's involvement. A nuanced approach is needed to tackle this complex challenge.


[Sharing] Best Practices for Using, Teaching Generative AI in Research - Cornell University's recent report highlights concerns around data privacy, transparency, and user responsibility, and provides guidance for researchers and faculty on navigating the challenges and opportunities presented by these novel AI tools.


[Commentary] - Will Governance Catch Up with the Tech in 2024 - As AI continues to advance in 2024, experts call for action on AI governance. Policymakers, companies, and civil society must collaborate to address risks, protect democracy, and ensure responsible AI development. Key priorities include regulating AI's impact across industries, mitigating disinformation, and establishing global consensus on catastrophic risks.


Tools/Resources:

Disclaimer: AI in Education has no affiliation with any highlighted free or commercial products in this section.

Gudiance for Generative AI in Education and Research - UNESCO's first global guidance on generative AI in education supports countries in implementing immediate actions and long-term policies to ensure a human-centred approach. It assesses potential risks, proposes key regulatory steps, outlines requirements for providers, stresses the need for validation by institutions, and calls for reflection on long-term implications.


Prompt Engineering for Everyone - Master the art of communicating with AI through IBM's "Prompt Engineering for Everyone" course. Learn to craft effective prompts that unlock AI's full potential, enhancing productivity and creativity. Gain invaluable insights and techniques to "program" AI, regardless of your English proficiency. Start your journey to becoming a compelling AI communicator today!


Reclaim.ai - Reclaim.ai is an AI-powered smart calendar app that optimizes your schedule for better productivity and work-life balance. It seamlessly integrates with your existing calendar, allowing you to defend focus time, optimize meetings, and improve overall time management. Reclaim.ai also offers team-level features to enhance collaboration and prevent employee burnout.


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Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in the linked posts are those of the speakers and or their entities and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of the project AI in Education, Centre for Learning Enhancement And Research, and The Chinese University of Hong Kong.


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