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DWEC & The Use of AI in the Irish Classroom

DWEC & The Use of AI in the Irish Classroom

Artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language processing (NLP) have revolutionised the way we interact with technology. One of the most exciting applications of AI at the moment, is in the education sector. Teachers can leverage AI tools like ChatGPT to create personalized learning experiences for their students.

Dublin West Education Centre has always positioned itself within the emerging technology space. We have a history of embracing technological advances and pride ourselves as being early adapters, especially when it comes to emerging technology that can be of benefit to schools and teachers. So naturally, with ChatGPT becoming such a topical subject, we found ourselves exploring it.

It was a natural and exciting prospect then, when we discovered Shannon Ahern through her Instagram account @craic_matamaitic. Shannon had one post in particular which addressed exploring the use of AI in her classroom. Shannon delivered two webinars for DWEC in the Spring term 2023 on ‘Making Learning Fun with Artificial Intelligence & ChatGPT’ which both booked out. The interest out there amongst educators is vast and through Shannon’s webinars, we have been able to support teachers to better understand this emerging technology, both in terms of what its capabilities are and what its potential is as a classroom resource.

Such has been the demand for Shannon’s expertise, we are delighted to announce that DWEC have scheduled more webinars with her this Autumn 2023, which are available to book through our website (booking links below!)

ChatGPT for Teachers - A Beginners Guide ChatGPT for Teachers - A Beginners Guide

September 25th

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(C ) ChatGPT for Post Primary Maths Teachers - Planning edition (C ) ChatGPT for Post Primary Maths Teachers - Planning edition

October 5th

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ChatGPT for Post Primary Maths Teachers - Resource Creation Edition ChatGPT for Post Primary Maths Teachers - Resource Creation Edition

October 17th

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ChatGPT for Science Teachers - Science Week Edition ChatGPT for Science Teachers - Science Week Edition

November 7th

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ChatGPT for Teachers - Advanced ChatGPT for Teachers - Advanced

November 14th

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Don’t just take our word for it! Join one of her webinars and experience her exciting take on the use of AI tools such as ChatGPT, as a classroom resource. Having attended her webinars ourselves, we can’t recommend them highly enough. We advise registering your place quickly though, as places are booking out fast. Book your place today via

Please keep an eye on our website and all of our social media channels (detailed below) for more information. Feel free also to reach out with any queries and/or suggestions to Zita This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via our social media channels. We love hearing from you!

*This article may or may not have used ChatGPT as a co-author*

A Word on the Practical Use of AI in the Classroom with DWEC Facilitator, Shannon Ahern

The increasing prevalence of artificial intelligence (AI) around the globe has brought both opportunities and challenges within the field of education. Although concerns surrounding the ease of academic dishonesty have been raised, educators should not overlook the immense potential AI offers. 

As teachers, we often dedicate much of our time and energy to our students in the classroom, leaving little in reserve for planning and preparation in the evenings. Of course, thorough planning, particularly in subjects such as maths, can be the difference between completing the curriculum by June or falling short. AI can significantly reduce the administrative load associated with teaching, and can subsequently increase the quality of the planning produced. From the scheme of work to the end of module assessments, AI has helped me to produce a higher calibre of work in a fraction of the time. 

AI has also allowed me to create resources I previously would only have dreamed of. Recently, I used ChatGPT to generate HTML for a science revision game, despite having minimal experience with the language. AI enabled me to create exactly what I wanted for my website in seconds, a feat which otherwise would have required extensive hours of research on my part. 

While there are legitimate concerns that students may exploit AI to produce CBAs and Project Work, there is equal potential for them to employ it as a personal, private tutor. If used appropriately, AI can offer students the individualised instruction they deserve, which is often unattainable in larger class settings. In my opinion we need to be doing more to educate students about AI, and instil in them a sense of responsibility when using this technology. By teaching them to harness AI's potential ethically and effectively, we can unlock a wealth of opportunities for personalised learning and academic growth.

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