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AI in Education Bi-weekly Digest - Issue #22



Welcome to our latest #22 newsletter. This month, we're excited to highlight an upcoming online event on integrating Generative AI in education, featuring speakers from all eight UGC-funded institutions in Hong Kong. Additionally, we bring you the latest news, insightful articles, and cutting-edge tools shaping the future of AI in education. Dive in to explore how AI is revolutionizing learning, teaching, and assessment worldwide.


Upcoming Activities:

[Online Event] GenAI in learning, teaching and assessment: Sharing from all 8 UGC-funded institutions - Join us for an insightful online session on June 18, 2024, from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM (HKT), hosted via Zoom. This event, organized by the 8-university Fund for Innovative Technology-in-Education for Inter-institutional Collaborative Allocation Fund (FITE-IICA) project team, will feature distinguished speakers from all eight UGC-funded institutions in Hong Kong. They will share best practices for integrating Generative AI (GenAI) in learning, teaching, and assessment.


News, Articles & Blogs:

[Comment] New AI Guidelines for Arizona Schools Aim to Make Education More Human - Arizona has introduced new AI guidelines to enhance education by integrating AI tools into the classroom. LeeAnn Lindsey from Northern Arizona University emphasized three goals: engaging education leaders in AI discussions, moving beyond concerns over cheating, and providing a starting point for schools. The guidelines advocate for AI's role in improving efficiency and fostering co-learning between teachers and students.


[News] Glue Pizza And Eat Rocks: Google AI Search Errors Go Viral - Google's AI search feature has come under fire for producing bizarre and inaccurate results, such as suggesting non-toxic glue for pizza and recommending eating rocks. These errors, based on sources like Reddit and satirical sites, have been widely mocked online. Google insists these are isolated incidents and is refining the system while emphasizing its generally high-quality performance.


[Article] A Scoping Review on How Generative Artificial Intelligence Transforms Assessment in Higher Education - The paper explores the transformative impact of generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) on higher education assessment. It identifies opportunities and challenges posed by GenAI for students, teachers, and institutions. The review suggests the need for updated assessment methods, teacher professional development, and revised institutional policies to foster self-regulated learning, integrity, and interdisciplinary approaches. The study emphasizes the importance of adapting to AI-driven educational environments to enhance learning outcomes and maintain academic integrity.


[Announcement] Codestral: Hello, World - Mistral AI introduces Codestral, a 22B open-weight generative AI model for code generation, supporting 80+ programming languages. It enhances developer productivity by completing code, writing tests, and reducing errors. Available via an API endpoint, Codestral is integrated into popular tools like VSCode and JetBrains.


[News] Bill Gates: ‘You Need to Read’ This New Book about AI and Education - Bill Gates recommends "Brave New Words: How AI Will Revolutionize Education" by Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy. The book explores AI's potential to enhance global education, offering tailored learning and support for teachers. Gates believes AI tools like Khanmigo could significantly close education gaps and boost overall achievement.


[Comment] Rethinking College Education In An AI Work Future - As AI transforms the job market, the traditional college model is being questioned. With rising tuition and stagnant wages, many graduates struggle with debt and underemployment. Trade schools offer a viable, debt-free alternative with high demand. Lifelong learning and AI integration into education can enhance both college and trade school pathways, ensuring adaptability and success in a digital future.


[Comment] Use of AI in Education: Deciding on The Future We Want - UNESCO discusses the rapid deployment of AI in education, highlighting both its potential and associated risks. The article emphasizes the need for regulatory frameworks to protect learners and teachers. AI's role in personalized learning, administrative tasks, and research is explored, alongside concerns about equitable access and the importance of human oversight to steer technology responsibly.


[Comment] What's The Right Way to Use AI in Classrooms? - The article discusses the potential of ChatGPT-4o in education, highlighting its ability to personalize learning, assist with tutoring, and generate educational materials. While AI raises concerns about cheating and job displacement, it is seen as a tool to enhance, not replace, teachers, fostering adaptive and engaging learning environments.


Tools/Resources:

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

[Courses] Here Are 7 Free AI Classes You Can Take Online from Top Tech Firms, Universities - Discover seven free online AI courses from top tech firms and universities like Harvard, Google, and IBM. Enhance your AI skills through self-paced learning, covering topics from machine learning to AI ethics. Explore these opportunities and start your journey in artificial intelligence today.


[Tool] Diffit for Teachers - Diffit provides teachers with customizable, standards-aligned instructional materials. By selecting a grade level and language, educators can generate differentiated resources, re-level content, translate, and add images. It simplifies creating inclusive, student-ready activities, saving time and ensuring all students can access grade-level content.


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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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