How to make the most of AI in the classroom

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is no longer a futuristic concept confined to science fiction. It has become an integral part of various sectors, including education. As educators, integrating AI into your classroom practices can enhance teaching and learning experiences, making them more personalized, efficient and engaging. Here’s how you can make the most of AI in your classroom.

Ways to use AI in teaching
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Activities chatbots can build/aid teachers with

Here are some ideas to help get you started with how you can prompt chatbots to help you:

Personalized prompts/stories

Use a chatbot to generate customized writing prompts tailored to the interests and skill levels of individual students. This encourages creative writing and critical thinking skills.

Example: "Write me a story about a professional gamer who finds a portal to another world, for a teenage English learner at A2 level."

Quizzes and assessments

Chatbots can create quizzes that adapt to the student’s level of understanding. These quizzes provide instant feedback, helping students learn from their mistakes and improve their knowledge in real-time. Note: Make sure you fact-check these quizzes before giving them to your class to ensure factual accuracy.

Example: "Create me a 10-question quiz to find the grammatical issue for learners of English who are at B1 level."

Lesson plan ideas

Teachers can ask chatbots to suggest new and innovative lesson plan ideas. The chatbot can incorporate multimedia elements and interactive components to make lessons more engaging.

Example: "Provide me with lesson plan ideas for teenagers learning about English verbs at a B2 level, involving videos."

Debates and discussions

Facilitate virtual debates or discussions where the chatbot presents different points of view on a topic. This helps students develop their argumentation and critical thinking skills.

Example: "Provide me some starting discussion points and opinions about which country has the best food."

Homework help and study assistance

Chatbots can serve as students' round-the-clock homework assistants, answering their questions and providing explanations on various topics. This is especially beneficial for students who might need extra help outside of classroom hours. Also, you might come across a topic or concept that is a challenge to explain to a certain knowledge level, and this can be a great way to get ideas on how to explain it.

Example: "Explain the water cycle to a ten-year-old student."

Reading recommendations

Chatbots can provide tailored reading suggestions based on each student’s reading level and interests, fostering a love for reading and improving literacy skills.

Example: "Recommend five books for a 12-year-old interested in space exploration, who reads at a B1 level."

Classroom management

AI can help manage classroom logistics, such as taking attendance, organizing group activities, and tracking student progress. This allows teachers to focus more on instruction and less on administrative tasks.

Example: "Create a seating chart for a class of 25 students, grouping them by their learning preferences."

Making content accessible for diverse learners

AI can be incredibly effective in helping to reword or reformat content so it is easier to read and understand for students who learn differently. This can be particularly useful for students with learning disabilities, non-fluent speakers, or those who simply have different learning preferences.

  • Speech recognition: Tools like Voiceitt help students with speech impairments communicate more effectively.
  • Simplifying language: AI tools can rephrase complex sentences into simpler language, making the content more accessible. For example, a chatbot can take a scientific text and break it down into more straightforward, jargon-free language that is easier for students to comprehend.
  • Visual representations: AI can generate visual aids such as diagrams, charts and infographics to represent information more clearly. Visual content can often make abstract concepts easier to grasp, especially for visual learners.
  • Multisensory learning: Tools powered by AI can convert text into audio, allowing students to listen to the content instead of reading it. This is particularly beneficial for auditory learners and students with visual impairments. Additionally, these tools can highlight text as it reads aloud, creating a multisensory learning experience.
  • Customized explanations: Chatbots can offer different explanations of the same concept, catering to various learning styles. If a student doesn’t understand the initial explanation, the AI can provide alternative ways to explain the concept, ensuring better comprehension.

By using AI to adapt content to meet individual learning needs, educators can create a more inclusive and effective learning environment for all students.

A platform to support your teaching needs

As well as AI tools, MyEnglishLab (MEL) can also help support your teaching. MEL is an online platform designed to support English language learning and teaching. It delivers personalized learning experiences for students and provides educators with a suite of tools to manage and enhance classroom learning.

Immediate feedback: This immediate evaluation helps students understand their mistakes and learn from them swiftly, reinforcing the correct usage of language concepts.

Progress tracking: Both students and teachers benefit from detailed progress tracking. Educators can monitor individual and class performance, identifying areas where students may need additional support. Students can track their own progress, set personal goals and take ownership of their learning journey.

Teacher resources: These resources include ready-made exercises, lesson ideas and multimedia content that can be easily integrated into the classroom setting.

Flexibility and convenience: The platform offers the flexibility to learn anytime, anywhere. This is particularly beneficial for students who may need to balance their studies with other commitments. Teachers can also manage coursework and communicate with students outside traditional classroom hours.


Artificial Intelligence holds significant potential to revolutionize the classroom, making teaching more efficient and learning more personalized and engaging. By automating administrative tasks, enhancing student engagement and supporting special educational needs, AI provides invaluable assistance to educators.

However, it's crucial to remember that AI should be viewed as a supplementary tool that enhances and inspires, not as a replacement for the essential role of human teachers. The unique value that teachers bring through their experience, emotional intelligence and personal interaction is irreplaceable. By thoughtfully integrating AI into the educational process, educators can harness its strengths while maintaining the heart and soul of teaching.

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