Agora 2024-2 Teaching History with AI

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Teaching History with AI | Agora vol. 59 no. 2 (2024)

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Reflection Elisa Litvin
Editorial Guy Nolch

Reflections on the theme

A Guide to the Australian Framework for Generative Artificial Intelligence in Schools
Leon Furze, Deakin University

The federal government’s framework provides valuable guidance for History teachers about the use of generative AI in the classroom.

Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Education
Ian Lyell, Mentone Girls' Grammar School

In a world of increasing automation, teachers must equip students with critical thinking
skills that enable them to do what AI cannot.

How Artificial Intelligence Is Redefining the Concept of Knowledge
Sarah V. Bentley and Raj Burli, Data61, CSIRO

AI is a disruptive technology that can shed light on important societal issues, such as where knowledge comes from, how it impacts thoughts, attitudes and behaviours, and how we can trust it.

‘Here, Ready or Not!’: Teaching History in an AI World
Vince Wall, All Hallows’ School, Brisbane

Like the internet before it, artificial intelligence is already an omnipresent force that educators must embrace to ensure that their students remain active learners who don’t relinquish their voice to automation.

The Next Word on AI in History Education
Matthew Esterman, Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta

Generative AI poses ethical, legal and social risks that need to be addressed and managed by school leaders, teachers and students.
Cultivating Transferable Skills in AI-enhanced Teaching
Felicitas Hartung and Rachel Emerine Hicks, University of California San Diego

Teaching and learning through AI individualises learning processes and streamlines workflow from lesson planning to grading.
AI Apps that Enhance History Teaching
Rachael Patrick and Anam Javed, Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership

Several AI tools can help History teachers reduce their administrative loads, adapt content for different learning needs and increase student agency and engagement.

The Question of Bias in AI Outputs
Nyree Wilson and Jett Wickes, Dandenong High School

Since the internet has some questionable biases related to gender, ethnicity and social class, students need to interrogate how these are reflected by AI outputs generated.

Indigenous Considerations of the Potential Harms of Generative AI
Tamika Worrell and Dorothy Johns, Department of Critical Indigenous Studies, Macquarie University

It is integral to consider the ways in which generative artificial intelligence replicates settler-colonial violence by perpetuating misinformation and disinformation about Indigenous peoples.
Teaching the Limitations of AI as a Writing Tool
Scott Hetherington, Virtual School Victoria

A six-week program can teach History students how to identify where AI-generated responses to essay questions fall short, and critique their own work as well
Is the History Essay Dead?
Adrian Cotterell, Emmaus Christian College

Generative AI has changed the world, and with it our expectation of when and where summative essays can be completed, as well as when new AI-powered assessment methods should be used instead.

Teaching ideas
Creative Uses of AI for History Teachers
Ben Lawless, Aitken College

History teachers can use generative AI in many creative ways, including brainstorming ways to make History classes more engaging.
Revolutionising History Education: The Power of Generative AI for Teachers
Kane Pittard, Balga Senior High School

Well-written prompts, customised ChatGPT settings and graphical reconstructions of open access data can unleash the full potential of AI in the History classroom.
Prompt Engineering to Harness Generative AI Tools
Anam Javed and Rachael Patrick, Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership

A simple acronym and checklist can help teachers develop prompt engineering skills to create differentiated learning tasks.
AI Tools to Enhance Teaching and Reduce Workloads
Matthew McLean, Mount Clear College

Tools like Almanack and MagicSchool can streamline lesson planning and differentiation, while Quizizz can quickly create interactive quizzes that reinforce key concepts in an engaging way.
Creating AI Characters of Historical Figures
Lynne Telfer, Wyndham Tech School

Inworld enables students to create AI-generated characters based on historical figures, making it easier for students to connect and empathise with people of the past.
Tackling the Reliability of AI-Generated Images as Historical Sources
Joy Ashwell Callaway, Shelford Girls’ Grammar

New source analysis techniques are needed to determine which online images are real and to what extent AI-generated images accurately portray the past.
Digital Maps Reveal How the Gold Rush Devastated the Ballarat Environment
David Waldron, Federation University

The gold rush devastated the western Victorian landscape and ravaged a traditional way of life that had remained unbroken for millennia. A new digital heritage project allows people to explore the sheer enormity of that environmental and cultural transformation.

Reviews available online

Aboriginal Victorians: A History Since 1800
By Richard Broome
Reviewed by Alexandra Pierce

The Doctor of Hiroshima
By Dr Michihiko Hachiya
Reviewed by Phillip O’Brien, McKinnon Secondary College

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
By Bettany Hughes
Reviewed by Adrian Puckering, Ilim College

Between the Dances: World War 2 Women Tell Their Stories
By Jacqueline Dinan
Reviewed by Kaye De Petro, Education and Services Officer, HTAV

Her Sunburnt Country: The Extraordinary Literary Life of Dorothea Mackellar
By Deborah FitzGerald
Reviewed by Pam Cupper

Sneaky Little Revolutions: Selected Essays of Charmian Clift
Edited by Nadia Wheatley
Reviewed by Linda Templeton, Lavalla Catholic College

The Boy Who Stepped Through Time
By Anna Ciddor
Reviewed by Jo Clyne, Hellenic Museum

Pax: War and Peace in Rome’s Golden Age
By Tom Holland
Reviewed by Kaye De Petro, Education and Services Officer, HTAV

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