How is AI being incorporated into schools? — Ben Farrell // New England Innovation Academy

Many future careers will involve the use of AI technologies, so it only makes sense that AI should be incorporated into schools. However, even at the high school level, students are building things like multilingual health chatbots, indicating the value of equipping students with practical AI skills early on. Today, Ben discusses how AI is being incorporated into schools.
About the speaker

Ben Farrell

New England Innovation Academy

- New England Innovation Academy

Ben Farrell is Assistant Head of School and Director of the Upper School at New England Innovation Academy

Show Notes

  • 01:20
    NEIAs integration of AI
    NEIA has integrated AI into its curriculum at the request of the students, teaching them how to use it ethically and responsibly. While students leverage AI for things like grammar assistance, teachers use it to differentiate a lesson for students of different levels in the same class.
  • 06:06
    Development of policies around AI usage
    Unlike some other schools, NEIA has embraced AI usage for its teachers and students. Focused on building thoughtful, ethical, and moral ways of AI, NEIAs AI policy is dynamic and treats AI as a living, integral part of the educational process.
  • 08:28
    How AI is enabling student innovation
    A NEIA 11th-grade team developed a multilingual generative AI health chatbot that provides up-to-date, verified medical information. This demonstrates the value of encouraging students to explore their passions through AI and the impactful solutions that can emerge from it.
  • 12:21
    Empowering students with AI
    AI offers us the ability to create solutions that can immediately affect change locally, domestically, and internationally. In this age, the job of educators is to equip students with the skills necessary to leverage AI in powerful, creative, and positive ways.

Quotes

  • "Were using AI to differentiate in the classroom. Teachers put in what theyre doing and get some focused, wonderful, different programs for kids of different levels within the same class." - Ben Farrell

  • "We must prepare our kids for AI because its going to be a part of their lives. And if we don't allow students to use it ethically, and with some morality behind it, that's when things can go sideways." - Ben Farrell

  • "Our kids are the ones who are going to change the world. And we have to help get them ready by providing tools like AI in schools, with guidelines, and being brave enough to get out of their way." - Ben Farrell

  • "We have to believe enough in our kids to believe that they're going to use AI in powerful and positive ways. And part of our job is to help them get there." - Ben Farrell

About the speaker

Ben Farrell

New England Innovation Academy

- New England Innovation Academy

Ben Farrell is Assistant Head of School and Director of the Upper School at New England Innovation Academy

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