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Australian Framework for Generative AI in Schools

SCAS is committed to supporting our teachers, students, parents, and carers in taking advantage of the benefits of technology responsibly and ethically. The Australian Framework for Generative Artificial Intelligence in Schools emphasises the ethical and responsible integration of AI for enriching teaching and learning. We wholeheartedly share this vision and are committed to implementing it at St Columba Anglican School. However, the application of AI tools must align with the school's academic integrity policy. The school emphasises the need for adaptation in our programs and assessment practices by envisioning a future where AI becomes a commonplace educational tool akin to spell checkers or calculators. Our goal is to empower students to use AI tools ethically and effectively.

Students and teachers will use AI and AI-enabled technology for teaching and learning. Classroom teachers will determine when this use is suitable, considering privacy, security and students’ learning needs.

Australian Framework for Generative Artificial Intelligence in Schools
Teaching and Learning

1.1 Impact: generative AI tools are used in ways that enhance and support teaching, school administration, and student learning.

AI and Technology policy for students/academic integrity


Australian Framework for Generative Artificial Intelligence in Schools
Teaching and Learning

1.6 Academic integrity: students are supported to use generative AI tools ethically in their schoolwork, including by ensuring appropriate attribution.

What is artificial intelligence and generative AI?

Australian Framework for Generative Artificial Intelligence in Schools – Transparency

3.1 Information and support: teachers, students, staff, parents and carers have access to clear and appropriate information and guidance about generative AI.

Artificial intelligence (AI)

Artificial intelligence is an umbrella term that refers to the ability of systems or computers to do things that would typically require human intelligence. AI is already used in many products and services we use daily, from search engines to smartphone assistance.

Generative AI (Machine Learning)

Generative AI can understand instructions and produce or deliver meaningful content. It uses the data it was trained on to generate new data with similar characteristics.

Generative AI products are widely available and expected to keep changing and improving quickly. 

We are already seeing how students and teachers can use AI in education.

Types of different AI tools and what they can do

Large Language Models (LLMs) 

LLMs are software apps or tools, usually online, that can understand language inputs and produce language outputs. Simply put, you can ask for information, and the chatbot gives you an answer.

LLMs use generative AI and large amounts of data to understand, interpret, and respond to user prompts.

They can create many different types of content. They can, for example:

Some common examples include;

Many students are familiar with these platforms and already use them at home. At SCAS, our network filtering blocks many of these alternate platforms to ensure data privacy for our students and staff.

Image and video generation tools

Generative AI tools can make new images or videos. They can also edit existing materials.

These tools learn from large datasets of images. They can generate new images that are similar in style and content.

Popular tools include:

Visually generative AI tools aren’t as advanced as language chatbots but are improving quickly.

Intelligent tutoring systems

Intelligent tutoring systems use AI to provide personalised learning with instructions and feedback. Based on a student's responses and behaviour, they learn patterns and adapt to their learning needs.

Intelligent tutoring has been around for a few years, but it’s improving quickly in line with generative AI.

Intelligent tutoring is dialogue-based. The student enters a written or spoken response (for example, to an assignment), and the tutoring system gives feedback or prompts the student to think about the topic more deeply.

Intelligent tutoring systems include:


Australian Framework for Generative Artificial Intelligence in Schools – Privacy, security and safety

6.2 Privacy disclosure: school communities are proactively informed about how and what data will be collected, used, and shared while using generative AI tools, and consent is sought where needed.

All data entered into these platforms is retained and used to train these models further. SCAS will inform our students of the implications of any data they enter at school and in their private use. 

How students may use AI tools for their learning and assessment

AI tools can support student learning in a variety of ways.

Your child could use AI to:

Australian Framework for Generative Artificial Intelligence in Schools – Teaching and Learning

1.4 Critical thinking: generative AI tools are used in ways that support and enhance critical thinking and creativity, rather than restrict human thought and experience.

The use of AI will vary between year levels.

Permissible Use of AI:

Prohibited Use of AI:

Plagiarism and assessment integrity

For detailed information, see our Referencing and Citation Guide

How teachers may use AI to support teaching and learning

Australian Framework for Generative Artificial Intelligence in Schools – Teaching and Learning

1.3 Teacher expertise: generative AI tools are used in ways that support teacher expertise, and teachers are recognised and respected as the subject matter experts within the classroom.

LLMs offer opportunities for teachers to streamline tasks, generate ideas and tailor learning.

A teacher could use AI tools:

Teachers are exploring these uses of AI. Our staff are encouraged to share what they learn and what works for them with their colleagues.

What you need to be aware of

AI offers educational opportunities, and these will change over time. When considering the use of AI tools, you should keep in mind:

Age and access

For some AI tools, users need to be over a certain age. This depends on the platform’s terms of service. For example, for Google Gemini. 

Australian Framework for Generative Artificial Intelligence in Schools – Accountability

5.3 Monitoring: the impact of generative AI tools on school communities is actively and regularly monitored, and emerging risks and opportunities are identified and managed.

But it’s difficult to control access because:

We know that many students are using these platforms, and we intend to ensure that students are responsible and informed.

Content produced by AI tools

Australian Framework for Generative Artificial Intelligence in Schools – Teaching and Learning

1.2 Instruction: schools engage students in learning about generative  AI tools and how they work, including their potential limitations and biases, and deepen this learning as student usage increases.

Safety and privacy

Information and content entered into generative AI become the property of the tool's owners. This includes uploaded images. Terms and conditions may allow the owners to reuse the content.

It’s not always clear how AI providers secure the data.

SCAS’s position is clear: staff and students should not enter personal information into generative AI tools such as LLMs or image and video generators.

The learning needs of your child

Like other technologies, AI can enable and enhance teaching and learning. It’s not a replacement for teachers.

Teachers help students develop cognitive skills like critical thinking and creativity to use AI responsibly and effectively in learning.

How you can help your child use AI for their learning

Emerging technology in education is most effective when families, students and teachers work together.

You’re encouraged to talk to your child about AI and how they can use it. You can help them navigate this advancing technology and learn how they already use it.

Some things you could discuss with your child include:

These conversations can help reinforce messages about AI your child receives at school. The University of Newcastle Library Guide for using AI is a useful resource for those wishing to read further.

Where to from here

AI technologies will continue to advance. SCAS will be required to keep adjusting our thinking, practices and processes.

AI also offers positive teaching and learning opportunities, which are likely to grow in the coming years.

AI-enabled educational technologies have the potential to:


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