Safety first as NSW public schools trial AI

February 7, 2024 10:13 am in by

A new purpose-built generative artificial intelligence (AI) app designed by the NSW Department of Education will begin to be trialed this term in 16 NSW public schools including Bomaderry High School.

The app, called NSWEduChat, is built for use in education and suitable for school-aged children, unlike many commercially available AI apps.

Designed to be safe and ethical for use in schools, NSWEduChat is also directly relevant and appropriate for NSW classrooms, in line with key principles outlined in the Australian Framework for Generative Artificial Intelligence in Schools, which all Education Ministers agreed to in October.  

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Staff and students from 16 NSW public schools, 10 high schools, four primary schools, one School for Specific Purposes and one Environmental Education Centre, will participate in the trial of NSWEduChat over the first two terms of 2024.

Teachers will decide how they use the tool in their classrooms and students will also have access to the app via the department’s student portal.

Trial participants will receive assistance and support from subject matter experts, professional learning and technical resources and a virtual staffroom. 

The trial will be monitored and reviewed with the results to help inform the future direction of AI in NSW public schools.