Queensland state schools to trial AI

A teaching tool that uses artificial intelligence will be trialed in 10 Queensland state schools.

Education minister Grace Grace

Twenty-five teachers and 500 Students in years 5 to 12 will use the technology to study subjects including English, physics, science, health and humanities and accounting.

The Cerego adaptive learning platform sources information from a digitised version of the Queensland state curriculum to develop generative AI quizes. Using machine learning, it then guides students through the questions based on their individual responses.

Teachers provide the technology with parameters for the quiz.

The state government says the trial will be used to inform the use of AI for all state schools next year. It will also contribute to the development of AI guidelines for schools which are being developed by the national body Education Services Australia.

‘Future-focused learning’

Queensland education minister Grace Grace says artificial intelligence can deliver ‘future-focused learning’, while saving time and reducing the workload for teachers.

It also provides students with an interactive learning process that adapts to their individual needs, she says.

“There’s no doubt the recent explosion in AI presents some incredible opportunities in our classrooms. Like the calculators and the internet before it, it’s going to change the way we teach and learn,” the minister said in a statement.

“The views and experiences of teachers, students, schools, and families will continue to be critical in developing Queensland’s approach to use of AI in state schools, and I very much look forward to hearing all about what we learn through this trial.”

However she acknowledged the need to guard against AI being used to bully teachers and students, as well as the need to ensure academic integrity isn’t compromised and that the privacy data of students is protected.

It comes as The Commonwealth, States and Territories are developing a framework to support schools and education systems in the use of AI.

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