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EARLY EDUCATION IN THE AGE OF AI

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Welcome to the 'Early Education in the Age of AI' podcast.

Join me each week, as I break down early education topics and strategies into simple steps that empower educators, teachers and leaders to confidently embrace, adapt and master the use of ethical AI strategies to support early learning.

In every show you'll get new prompts, tips and realistic examples to try from a certified AI ChatGPT expert AND early childhood professional with over 30 years experience, that you can use to make your planning, documentation and day to day practice easier with AI as an educational assistant by your side.

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Episode 10...

Smart AI Strategies To Support Quality Improvement & Assessment

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🔑🗝️Helpful Topics Covered In This Episode:

Aligning AI with the EYLF and NQS: Discover practical strategies for using AI in a way that aligns with the principles, practices, and outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework and the National Quality Standard.
AI for Curriculum & Program Planning:
Learn how to use AI to generate ideas for engaging, inclusive, and responsive learning experiences that cater to the diverse needs and interests of children in your care.
Simplifying Documentation and Assessment with AI:
Explore how AI can assist in creating meaningful observations, learning stories, and summative assessments, while saving time and effort on administrative tasks.
Making The Most Of AI for Quality Improvement:
Understand how AI can support your service's quality improvement journey by analysing data, identifying strengths and areas for improvement, and generating actionable strategies.
The Role of Educational Leaders in AI Implementation:
Gain insights into how educational leaders can guide and support their teams in the ethical, intentional, and effective use of AI in early childhood settings.
Reflective Practice and Professional Development with AI:
Discover the importance of ongoing reflection and professional learning in relation to AI, and explore strategies for incorporating AI into your practice in a way that aligns with your values and goals.

Episode 9...

What Are Learning Stories & How Can AI Assistants Help You Write Them?

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🔑🗝️Helpful Topics Covered In This Episode:

Understanding Learning Stories: Explore the core principles of learning stories and how they differ from traditional observation methods.
Capturing Story-Worthy Moments: Discover practical tips for identifying significant learning moments that showcase children's strengths, interests, and growth.
Detailed Descriptions and Quotes: Learn how to bring learning stories to life with vivid descriptions and direct quotes that capture the essence of the moment.
Interpretation and Analysis: Delve into the deeper meaning and significance of observed learning moments, connecting them to the child's unique perspective and development.
Linking to Frameworks and Outcomes: Understand the importance of connecting learning stories to key learning outcomes and frameworks to provide a holistic picture of children's development and inform future planning.
Collaborating with AI: Discover how AI tools like Claude and ChatGPT can assist in brainstorming ideas, generating drafts, providing feedback, and ensuring alignment with learning outcomes.


Episode 8...

How to Prompt AI To Get A Response That’s Meaningful, Accurate & In Your Own Voice

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🔑🗝️ Key Topics Covered In This Episode:

00:09 Welcome to the Age of AI in Early Education
00:56 Unlocking the Power of AI for Early Educators
02:14 Mastering the Art of AI Prompting
10:48 Introducing the EASE Framework for Effective AI Use
21:57 Expanding Your AI Skills with Reflect Framework
30:01 Practical Tips and Final Thoughts on AI in Education


Episode 7...

Generative AI 101 for Educators: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started

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01:54 Understanding AI and Its Potential in Early Education
05:26 Addressing Common Misconceptions about AI in Education
12:26 Ethical Considerations and Responsible Use of AI
14:58 Exploring Specific AI Tools for Early Education
22:13 How to Effectively Use AI Tools in Your Practice
25:08 Introducing Custom AI Assistants for Early Educators
28:07 Meet Ellie EYLF: Your Early Years Learning Framework Assistant
29:08 Introducing Lacey Leadership: Your Guide to Effective Leadership
29:53 Dotti Documentation: Your Documentation Dynamo
31:11 The Power of AI in Early Education
33:02 Exploring Practical Applications of AI Tools
44:08 Recap and Reflection: The Role of AI in Early Childhood Education


Episode 6...

AI Strategies To Create More Inclusive and Diverse Early Education Environments

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00:57 How AI Can Support Inclusive Early Childhood Environments
01:43 Understanding AI and Its Role in Education
02:17 Practical Applications of AI in Early Education
04:46 AI and Inclusive Practice in Early Education
09:49 Practical Examples of AI in Early Education
17:40 AI and Cultural Inclusion in Early Education
18:18 Avoiding Tokenism in Cultural Inclusion with AI
21:20 AI as a Starting Point for Cultural Inclusion
24:45 Respectful Use of Aboriginal Art and Crafts
25:42 Avoiding Tokenistic Use of Cultural Patterns
26:10 Exploring Cultural Connections through Food
26:36 Incorporating Traditional Games and Art into Play
28:53 Building Relationships with Local Communities
29:16 Avoiding Tokenistic Attempts at Inclusion
33:21 Incorporating Scaffolding into Everyday Activities
37:01 Using AI to Support Inclusion and Scaffolding
38:52 Practical Examples of Scaffolding in Action


Episode 5...

How Educators Can Use ChatGPT AI Vision Technology To Analyse Observations & Improve Environments

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 Episode Highlights:

[00:00:08] Introduction to AI and its relevance in early education
[00:01:37] Overview of the episode's focus on Chat GPT Vision
[00:05:49] Emphasis on AI as a collaborative tool for educators
[00:10:15] Detailed walkthrough of using Chat GPT Vision for documenting a child's artwork
[00:13:13] Application of Chat GPT Vision in improving play areas
[00:18:20] Addressing common concerns about AI in education
[00:24:29] The importance of using effective prompts with AI tools
[00:32:16] Chat GPT Vision's role in supporting children with special needs
[00:43:06] Strengthening learning through observation and analysis with AI
[00:52:17] Using AI tools to align observations with educational frameworks
[01:00:12] Ethical and practical considerations when using AI in education
[01:03:08] Encouragement to embrace AI as an educational ally


Episode 4...

How AI Can Make Intentional Teaching Easier for Educators

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00:08 Introduction to AI in Early Education
00:56 Exploring AI Chatbots as Personal Educational Assistants
01:24 Understanding the Principles of Intentional Teaching
01:50 Overcoming Challenges in Intentional Teaching with AI
01:56 AI Chatbots: Potential and Practical Applications
02:21 AI Chatbots as Time Management and Stress Reduction Tools
03:22 Reviewing the Concept of Intentional Teaching
10:08 Challenges in Implementing Intentional Teaching
12:53 Overcoming Challenges with AI Chatbots
22:18 Practical Tips for Experimenting with AI in Education
33:36 Ethical Considerations in Using AI in Early Learning
37:42 Conclusion: Embracing AI in Intentional Teaching


Episode 3...

How AI Can Make Transition To School Planning Easier for Educators


Episode 2...

How AI Can Help Ed's Support Children's Sensory Integration


Episode 1...

The Mindful Educator's Guide To Food In Sensory Play