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4.5 PD HOURS

Event Details

14/05/2024

9.30am - 3.00pm - Log on between 9.15am and 9.30am Victorian Time

Live Streamed Webinar

Heads of English, English teachers, Literacy Coordinators, Literacy teachers

$279 + GST

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Booking Conditions

No applications for this program will be accepted after all vacancies have been filled. Unsuccessful applicants will have their monies refunded in full. Cancellation prior to two weeks before the program date (cut-off date) will incur a 15% service charge per applicant. This program will be payable in full for cancellations made on or after the cut-off date or for failure to attend the program. All cancellations must be in writing and emailed to us. In the event of insufficient applications this program will not proceed and registration monies be fully refunded. In the event of this program being cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances registration monies only will be refunded as Critical Agendas will not accept liability for the payment of any other associated costs. Critical Agendas reserves the right to vary the advertised programs prior to commencement. Please note Critical Agendas reserves the right to transfer participants from face to face to webinar format with price adjustments (if required), should minimum numbers not be met for face to face event

How to integrate AI in the English classroom

This professional development course is designed for English and literacy teachers who are ready to explore the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) in their classrooms. Participants will establish an understanding of AI, exploring its strengths, limitations and opportunities for application in the English classroom. We will discuss how and when these models should be introduced to students, and the necessary steps that English teachers need to take to ensure safe, ethical, and effective use.

Recognising that writing with AI support is becoming increasingly common, this course will emphasise the importance of equipping students with the skills needed to use generative artificial intelligence productively while still ensuring that they develop their own writing abilities. In the future, the best communicators will have excellent writing knowledge themselves and a deep understanding of AI systems, so we will explore strategies to help students develop both skill sets.

Attending English teachers will discover how AI can be used to have more impact in less time. We will discuss how it can be used to differentiate and support reading comprehension, such as by quickly creating graphic organisers or writing glossaries. Additionally, participants will learn how AI can assist teachers in evaluating and providing feedback on draft pieces, and how it can also help track student progress across time. We will look at various tools and platforms that can support students to build literacy whilst simultaneously reducing the workload for English teachers.

The course will also explore possibilities for the future, examining how students might start to use multi-modal large language models, which can digest and produce image and audio data, once they become cheaper and more readily available.

By the end of this course, attending English teachers will have gained valuable insights and strategies for integrating AI into their classrooms. They will have a bank of resources that they can draw on confidently to start experimenting with AI in their own classes, along with scaffolded instructions to ensure that any selected platform is used productively and effectively.

Presented by Critical Agendas

James Smith

James Smith was the Head of English, Humanities and the Advanced Learning Program at Alphington Grammar School. He holds a Master of Teaching (Secondary) and a Master of Education (Student Wellbeing), along with a Graduate Certificate in Educational Research, which focused on using digital technologies to teach writing explicitly. James’ research interests extend to the field of artificial intelligence, where he has collaborated with AI engineers to design the two multi-modal, large language model architectures, which are now pending patent approval. James views artificial intelligence as having the potential to reduce burnout in teachers and improve academic outcomes for students, however he firmly believes that any adoption by schools must keep the teachers “in the loop”.

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