We’ve come a long way since the release of ChatGPT in November 2022, both in terms of the technology, and how it is being handled in Australian education. One important development in recent months is the release of the Australian Framework for Generative Artificial Intelligence in Schools. Published at the end of 2023, the Framework aims to provide a responsible and ethical guide for implementing these powerful tools in ways that benefit students, schools, and society as a whole.

Practical AI Strategies

Engaging with Generative AI in Education

Embark on a captivating journey through the evolving landscape of artificial intelligence in education with this thought-provoking book. As this innovative technology takes centre-stage, education institutions grapple with its implications, from concerns over academic integrity to the swift evolution of creative generative AI tools.

Australian Framework for Generative AI in Schools

GenAI has the potential to support teaching and learning by generating new content across various modalities, including text, images, audio, and video. However, it’s essential to approach this technology thoughtfully and strategically. The Framework is built upon six core principles: teaching and learning, human and social wellbeing, transparency, fairness, accountability, and privacy, security, and safety.

At the heart of the Framework is the recognition that GenAI should enhance and support teaching, administration, and learning, rather than replace teachers or critical thinking skills. It’s vital to engage students in learning about GenAI tools, their limitations, and potential biases, deepening their understanding as they progress through their education. Teachers must be recognized and respected as subject matter experts, pedagogical leaders, and skilled facilitators of student growth.

As we implement GenAI in schools, we must prioritise human rights, wellbeing, and diversity of perspectives. School communities need access to clear information and guidance about these tools, and vendors have a responsibility to ensure users understand the methods and potential biases inherent in GenAI models. Fairness, inclusivity, and equity are paramount, particularly for students with disabilities, diverse backgrounds, and those in regional, rural, and remote communities.

Fable, a Robot Designed for Education

The Fable robot system can be used across a range of subjects and classes, allowing students to gain skills they’ll need in the 21st century. Fable is an open-ended system with advanced functionality. Fable encourages students to be both creative and innovative as they build robot prototypes to meet needs in the real world.

The Australian Framework for Generative AI in Schools just one aspect of GenAI in education covered in my book Practical AI Strategies, which is available now. The book also provides a thorough discussion of important ethical issues with AI such as bias, intellectual property, and deepfakes. Practical AI Strategies is aligned to the Framework, and international guidelines such as the UNESCO Guidance, and has practical advice on how to use text, image, and other forms of Generative AI in the day to day work of education.

About The Author

Leon Furze

An accomplished educator and author with 15+ years in education leadership, is pursuing a PhD focused on Generative Artificial Intelligence’s impact on writing instruction. His expertise, showcased in numerous publications, addresses student well-being, leadership, and the transformative potential of AI in education. Leon engages in consultancy, advisory, and professional learning to guide educators across K-12 and tertiary levels through the evolving landscape of AI in education.