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22 May 2024

Hands on AI masterclass - CAS AI TC meeting

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Becci Peters

James Kuht emphasised the transformative potential of AI tools like ChatGPT and encouraged educators to thoughtfully integrate AI into their teaching practices. This is a summary of the meeting.

Key Summary Points

  • AI is transforming education, making it crucial for teachers to adapt.
  • Understanding machine learning fundamentals can enhance teaching effectiveness.
  • AI tools, such as ChatGPT, can significantly support and enrich student learning.
  • Teachers should integrate AI projects into their curriculum to prepare students for the future.
  • Pedagogical grounding is essential when incorporating AI into education.

James Kuht’s insightful talk on the transformative power of AI in education was designed to equip educators with practical AI skills, emphasised not only the profound impact of AI tools like ChatGPT but also the urgent need for educators to stay ahead of the curve.

James Kuht’s masterclass was a compelling exploration of AI's potential to revolutionise the educational landscape. As someone deeply invested in the future of computer science education, I found his insights both inspiring and thought-provoking. The session underscored the necessity for educators to familiarise themselves with AI technologies to better prepare students for a world increasingly driven by artificial intelligence.

James began by demystifying AI and its various facets, distinguishing between narrow AI, which excels in specific tasks, and the more aspirational general AI. This foundational knowledge is critical for educators, as it frames the context in which AI tools can be effectively integrated into the classroom.

A significant portion of the talk was dedicated to the practical applications of AI, particularly machine learning. James explained the three main types of machine learning: supervised, unsupervised, and reinforcement learning, using relatable examples such as spam filters and game-playing algorithms. This demystification is crucial, as it enables educators to understand the underlying principles of the AI tools they might incorporate into their teaching.

One of the most compelling parts of the session was the hands-on exploration of generative AI tools like ChatGPT and Gemini. James highlighted how these tools can assist in creating custom educational experiences, such as AI-driven coursework advisors that align with specifications and JCQ guidelines. This practical application not only showcases the versatility of AI but also its potential to provide personalised learning experiences for students.

Despite the enthusiasm for AI, James was careful to ground his recommendations in pedagogical principles. He emphasised that while AI can be a powerful tool, its integration must be thoughtful and aligned with educational objectives. This balanced perspective is crucial for educators who must navigate the ethical and practical implications of AI in the classroom.


James' talk was a clarion call for educators to embrace AI, not as a mere technological advancement but as a transformative educational tool. By understanding and utilising AI, teachers can enhance their pedagogical practices and better prepare their students for the future. The session reinforced the idea that AI literacy is becoming as essential as traditional literacy in today’s digital age.

Next Steps

To help educators reflect on and integrate these insights, here are some questions and activities to consider:

Questions to Reflect On:

  1. How can AI tools be integrated into your current curriculum to enhance student learning?
  2. What ethical considerations should you keep in mind when using AI in the classroom?
  3. How can you ensure that the use of AI aligns with your educational objectives and pedagogy?

Example Exercises:

  1. AI Project Integration: Design a project where students must use an AI tool, such as ChatGPT, to complete a specific task. This could involve creating a chatbot, analysing data, or generating content.
  2. Ethical Debate: Facilitate a classroom debate on the ethical implications of AI in everyday life, encouraging students to explore both the benefits and potential downsides.
  3. Custom AI Tools: Guide students in creating their own simple AI models, helping them understand the practical aspects of machine learning.

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James Kuht
22/05/2024 21:14

Thanks for having me Becci and to everyone for the kind comments. For anyone who felt like they missed out on the opportunity to try Weka, then they’re welcome to drop me an email on for a free link to our online course on AI/Weka. James