Classroom full of students aged 15 to 16 years, with open laptops, being taught how to use AI by a teacher standing by an interactive whiteboard. The scene captures a modern learning environment focused on technology education.

In Denmark and many other countries there is a discussion on how to react to the sudden easy access to “AI” and what impact this will have on the educational system. This article represents my view on how we should react and help the next generation prepare for their future and what the world will look like for them in 5-10-20 years.

I believe the educational should embrace Large Language Models (LLM) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) as the future of education rather than fearing it. The future workplace will undoubtedly require familiarity with AI and digital technologies. By integrating LLMs and AI into education, schools are preparing students for the future, equipping them with the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed in an increasingly digital world.

In a global economy, the countries that lead in technology and innovation will have a competitive edge. By embracing AI and LLMs in education, schools are contributing to building a technologically proficient workforce that can maintain and enhance a country’s competitiveness on the global stage.

Furthermore introducing AI and LLMs in schools provides a platform to teach students about the ethical considerations of technology use, including privacy, bias, and digital citizenship. This education is crucial for developing a generation that not only knows how to use technology but also understands its implications and uses it responsibly.

Embracing LLMs and AI represents a forward-thinking approach to education that aligns with the future’s demands. Rather than fearing these technologies, schools should see them as tools to enhance learning, support teachers, and prepare students for a world where technology and digital literacy are paramount.

Of course, one of the challenges will be that teachers don’t know how to use these new tools and need education as well – as soon as possible – just as schools will have to invest in the necessary technological infrastructure and secure internet access to support the use of AI and LLM in schools.

A few ideas on how to use these new tools:

– Utilize AI to create adaptive learning platforms that adjust to each student’s learning level and style. This can ensure all students are adequately challenged and supported in their learning journey.

– LLMs can serve as writing assistants, helping students improve their writing by suggesting improvements, correcting grammar and spelling errors, and even helping structure their thoughts.

– AI can be used to analyze texts and generate questions or summaries to assist students in improving their reading comprehension skills.

– Use LLMs to create interactive language training programs that can converse with students, correct them, and offer personalized feedback. This can be especially useful in language education.

– AI can provide tools that make learning more accessible for students with special needs, such as text-to-speech for students with dyslexia or interactive and visual learning tools for students with autism.

– Employ AI to create realistic simulations and educational games that help students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills in a contextual and engaging manner.

– AI can help generate or customize teaching materials based on current events or specific situational learning objectives.

– Maybe even automate administrative tasks for teachers (such as grading assignments or attendance tracking) to give them more time to focus on teaching and student interaction.

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