Centering the AI Conversation on Transparency

In This Edition:

  • A framework for AI Literacy and LGBTQ+ Inclusion
  • How to use Perplexity AI to support research, ATLs and information literacy.


Your Weekly Digital Learning Compendium


Bom dia, colegas! 

The ever important discussion about AI continues…

It is so important, in fact, that this past week, the UN convened a global meeting with education ministers to explore the risks and rewards of using chatbots in classrooms, announcing a new roadmap to chart a safer digital path for all.

These new tools will be launched during UNESCO’s Digital Learning Week, from 4 to 7 September. We will be on the lookout for this document to share with you as soon as possible.

As affirms Stefania Giannini, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Education:

“It is our duty to prioritize safety, inclusion, diversity, transparency and quality.”

Today’s edition focuses on INCLUSION, EQUITY, and TRANSPARENCY.

In this Edition:
  • A framework for AI Literacy and LGBTQ+ Inclusion
  • How to use Perplexity AI to support research, ATLs and information literacy.


A framework for AI Literacy and LGBTQ+ Inclusion

First of all, what do we mean by ‘AI Literacy’?

 AI literacy means having the essential abilities that people need to live, learn and work in our digital world through AI-driven technologies.

In a nutshell, a user is AI literate when they:
  • Have a basic understanding of functions of AI
  • Know how algorithms work
  • Are aware of the real world implications of AI
  • Can identify ethical concerns and learn about responsible use.
We can start introducing these concepts from as early as Kindergarten.

The Case for Inclusion and Equity

It’s not the first time our team speaks about equity

As we continue to grapple with these new technological developments, educators also need to consider equity and inclusion practices, and, more specifically, how AI tools can affect the experience of our diverse community of learners.

That is why we want to highlight the resource below, from Be a Better Ally‘s leader, Tricia Friedman.

The PRIDE framework was created to help a cohort of teachers think about AI literacy through the lens of LGBTQ+ inclusion. Find resources to unpack each phase here.
Source: The Pride Framework, from Shifting Schools.
BTW: Pride Month starts tomorrow, but true inclusion happens all year, as Tricia affirms.  Resources towards a more inclusive classroom, for all grade levels and different subject areas, can be found here.


Unlock the power of ChatGPT while actively searching the web

Perplexity AI is an educational tool that provides accurate, current, and relevant responses to educational questions.

The Case for Transparency

It allows teachers and students to easily access reliable sources and generate research questions, providing features such as multilingual article summaries, video resource gathering, and breakdown of complex math equations.

‍ Perplexity AI can also be used as a virtual assistant beyond the classroom.

It’s GDPR compliant, and you don’t need to sign up to use it (but if you do, do not sign in with Google).
Check out the 6 minute video below to see what it can do for you!
Check out these markers to jump to a section that you’d like to learn more about:

00:25 – What is Perplexity AI 
01:16 – No Login Required
01:49 – Lesson Plans and Content Creator
02:06 – Approaches to Learning Skills
02:36 – Information Literacy Builder
02:59 – Research Project Assistant
03:21 – Multilingual Support
03:44 – Media Catalogue Assistant
04:00 – Math Tutor
04:13 – Personalized Feedback for Students
04:27 – Your Own Virtual Assistant
05:05 – Safety and Privacy (GDPR Compliant)
05:43 – Summary