Experimenting with AI in Education
Teachers and school leaders from across England are gearing up for a groundbreaking event that promises to shed light on how artificial intelligence (AI) can revolutionize the field of education.
Furthermore, as the world witnesses AI’s profound influence across various sectors, including the economy and public services, educators are eager to explore its potential within the classroom.
Unlocking the Potential
The Department for Education, in collaboration with Faculty AI, the National Institute of Teaching, and the AI in Schools Initiative, is all set to host a two-day AI hackathon in London on October 30 and 31. This event aims to bring together a diverse group of educators, including those from renowned institutions such as Harris Federation, Star Academies, Outwood Grange Academies Trust, and Inspiration Trust.
A Hands-On Exploration
During the hackathon, participants will dive headfirst into the world of AI, experimenting with its capabilities in various scenarios. These experiments will include tasks such as assessing whether AI can autonomously craft lesson plans or accurately grade examination papers.
Engaging the Next Generation
The event won’t be exclusive to educators alone. Secondary school students will also have the opportunity to share their insights and knowledge about AI. The most promising solutions generated during the hackathon will be shared with the Department for Education’s workload reduction task force.
Moreover, demos of the tools created will be made accessible to schools across the nation, contributing to the government’s goal of reducing teachers’ and leaders’ weekly working hours by five.
Government Champions AI in Education
Education Secretary, Gillian Keegan, expressed her enthusiasm for the potential of AI in education, stating,
“Artificial intelligence has the potential to transform the way we provide support to students and address teacher workloads. However, we must enhance our understanding of AI’s workings and ensure its safe implementation. The hackathon participants will receive guidance from Faculty AI and the National Institute of Teaching, paving the way for a transformative future.”
Secretary of State for Science, Innovation, and Technology, Michelle Donelan, echoed this sentiment, saying,
“This hackathon will explore how AI can revolutionize education by automating administrative tasks and allowing teachers to focus on what truly matters for students.”
The Role of Faculty AI
Tom Nixon, Director of Government at Faculty AI, emphasized the significance of AI in education, stating,
“AI has the potential to streamline administrative tasks, create timetables, and provide personalized feedback, ultimately improving the quality of education. The hackathon is a crucial step towards turning these possibilities into reality.”
Bridging the Gap with the National Institute of Teaching
Dr. Calum Davey, Executive Director of Research at the National Institute of Teaching, stressed the importance of collaboration between AI experts and educators.
“We aim to create a school system that nurtures teachers and school leaders while harnessing the potential of emerging AI technology. Our researchers will closely listen to those involved in the hackathon and share the insights gained,” he said.
The UK’s Global Leadership in AI
The UK is already a frontrunner in AI, actively championing the safe and responsible development of this transformative technology. Leading up to the UK AI Safety Summit on November 1 and 2, this groundbreaking initiative marks a crucial stride in ensuring the UK remains at the forefront of AI advancements globally.
Ensuring Responsible AI Development
In June, the Department for Education initiated a call for evidence, seeking input from educational professionals on the risks, ethical considerations, and potential of AI in education.
The results, due to be published in November 2023, will complement the outcomes of this month’s hackathon. Together, they will support the government’s commitment to harness AI’s potential while ensuring responsible, equitable, and safe progress in the field of education.