🧡 3 Safe Ways To Integrate AI Into Your Language Classroom 🤖

Mar Clavijo

When it comes to integrating AI into our classroom, we're likely to hesitate and think things like:“Is AI dangerous?”, “Is AI a threat?”, “Is AI safe for my students?”.As language teachers, we want to protect their privacy and make sure that the AI tools we use are a safe place for them.So, can we relate AI with safety? Good news is that it's totally doable by knowing:

  • How to test AI tools' safety 🧪
  • 3 key points regarding data collection 🔒
  • The 3 safest ways to integrate AI into your language classroom 🧡
AI is safe for students

🔎 How to Make Sure AI tools are Safe? 🧪

In order to make sure AI tools are safe to use in your classroom with students, follow these 9 steps:1. Do some research

  • Do a search online to find out what others say about the tool. Look for reviews from teachers or schools who have used it. Was it a good or bad experience for them?
  • Is the tool certified? If it is, that's usually a good sign.

2. Check data privacy rules

  • Read the rules about privacy and how the tool uses data. Does it follow the laws about keeping students' data safe?
  • What kind of information is collecting from you and your students?
  • Is it you (as the teacher) or your school who owns the collected data?

3. Understand how it works

  • Are the algorithms used by the tool easy to understand? Students should know how the tool makes its suggestions.
  • Can you explain what the tool does and how it uses their data?

4. Check safety measures

  • Is the tool following proper security rules to be protected from hackers?
  • Make sure the tool has strong passwords and ways to keep people who shouldn't be there out.

5. Keep what's needed

  • The tool should only keep data as long as it's needed for learning. Does it let you delete it if you need to?

6. Learn how to use it

  • It should be easy for all students to use.
  • Do you and your students have enough information and training to make the most out of the tool?

7. Report issues

  • Keep an eye on how the tool is doing and if there are any problems. Ask your students to tell you if they see anything wrong or unsafe.

8. Stay updated

  • Check for updates from the tool's maker. These often make the tool safer and better.

9. Plan for the end

  • Have a plan for when you don't want to use the tool anymore. Make sure all the data is safely removed when you're done with it.

🔎 Data collection: 3 Key points to consider 🔒

AI tools and platforms used in education may collect data from students. Whether they gather this information depends on 2 things: How the tool is set up and the permissions granted during its use. So here are 3 key points to consider:

- When using AI tools, get permission from students and parents or guardians. This is especially important when students are kids. We need to be able to explain what information is being collected, how the tool is using it and how is it keeping it safe.

- These tools usually collect data for a reason. It could be for tracking students’ progress or improving its functionality. We have to make sure that the information they collect is only for education’s sake. Good tools don't gather more information than necessary.

- They should only keep data for as long as it's useful for teaching and learning. Students should have the right to see, change or delete their own information if they need to. It’s important that we know how to help them with this.

✅ What are the 3 safest ways to integrate AI into your classroom? 🧡

A combination of AI and safety sounds nice and it's totally doable. Here are 3 ways to get that:

1. Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS):Use ITS to provide students with safe learning experiences.These systems can help with grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation.ITS look at what your students do, figure out what they can get better at and give them helpful advice. They learn at their own speed and get personalized help in a safe place.

2. Language Learning Apps with AI Features:These apps contain fun exercises, can understand what students say and simulate real conversations.When choosing an app like this, make sure it keeps students' data safe and follows the proper security rules. Now you know how 😉Get students to use these apps during your lessons and at home, so they practice what they learn in class. Remind them to keep their information private.

3. Virtual Language Assistants:These helpers can answer questions and show how to pronounce words. They also help students to do speaking and listening practice.Virtual language assistants such as voice-activated AI devices, can enhance your teaching methodsYou can also use them to foster student interaction.

All in all...

Now that you know how to test AI tools’ safety, you can integrate them into your language classroom without hesitating.When using AI tools in language teaching, we need to make sure that everyone knows what's happening with their information, since it’s private.Make students feel they're always safe and supported in your classroom. Don't forget their parents!

It’s time to safely integrate AI into your language classroom!

Speakable is a language learning app with AI features that ensures students safety:

  • The Lightning builder doesn't need to collect any kind of information. Just type a question, and the AI Card Creator makes cards with pictures for students to read and repeat.
  • Our Respond cards use speech recognition, so students' data is never shared. Best of all: they get immediate feedback!
  • The biggest time-saver is our AI Grading Assistant. It listens to and scores what students say based on their language skills. It also gives them helpful advice on how to improve.
  • Speakable also lets you sync your class through Clever and Google classroom. So you can rest assured your students' data is safe.
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