Best Apps for Teaching About AI

Best Apps for Teaching About AI

Parents and teachers owe it to their kids to develop their digital literacy to understand how to use artificial intelligence safely and appropriately. Whether you fear it or embrace it, artificial intelligence will play a more significant role in our lives and those of our kids.

Although AI is not a new concept, its leap into widespread use is recent. There aren't any tools dedicated to teaching kids about AI, so it falls to parents and teachers to build AI learning experiences around existing apps.

We'll start you off with a list of the best apps you can use as a basis for your teaching of kids about AI.

To see how AI can cut teacher workload see Comparing AI Lesson Planner Apps.


1. ChatGPT

ChatGPT - 4 star rating

(Android, iPhone, iPad)

You've heard about ChatGPT and are likely one of the hundreds of millions who have used it. It is impressive, but have you noticed its flaws?

Talk with your kids about cases where people have relied upon its output and fell foul of AI's tendency to hallucinate. Lawyers have used ChatGPT to submit cases to courts and found that the AI has very confidently cited cases it has made up!

You can often see simple examples of AI getting things wrong by asking it to write a haiku. The output is often in the spirit of a haiku, with a line pattern of short-long-short. However, a haiku should have a syllable pattern of 5-7-5, and AI-produced haikus often neglect to reflect this. Learning point: AI needs fact-checking—don't rely on it.

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2. Grammarly

Grammarly - 5 star rating

(Android, iPhone, iPad)

Teaching kids about computer-assisted tools used to be about not unthinkingly relying on spell checkers. Now spell checkers are also grammar checkers that use AI and are much more capable of offering context-aware corrections, it is more complex.

Firstly, apps like Grammarly will be right more often than they are wrong when they offer corrections. However, they can't read your mind. The change may make perfect grammatical sense but change your intended meaning, perhaps subtly.

Secondly, because AI-supported grammar apps are so good now, they work as a great teacher of grammar rules helping to raise your awareness of where writers typically miss out on commas or mix up words.

We have a guide to Using AI spelling and Grammar Checkers to help to learn.

See also: Best AI Learning Tools

Learning point: Don't be passive – notice what AI does and learn from it.

Learn Python

3. Learn Python

(Android, iPhone, iPad)

It isn't just professional computer scientists experimenting with the nuts and bolts of AI. Computer science students and hobbyists have installed Large Language Models (LLMs) on their home computers. LLMs are the engines behind chatbots like ChatGPT and Google's Bard. The most popular coding language for interacting with the models is Python.

Also, view our Best Coding Apps for iPad

Learning point: You can learn how AI works, not just how to use it.

We all have different strengths, and it can be frustrating when we can't do them justice because we don't have the same expertise or talent elsewhere. Kids feel this too. They might have made excellent progress, but because their presentation and design skills aren't strong, they feel disappointed when they compare their projects to those made by their classmates.

There is already support for this in many graphic design apps, but increasingly, we're seeing these supported by generative-AI technology. These let kids produce a project as visually impactful as it is well-researched and without taking time away from the key objective of improving their education.

See also: 12 Best AI Presentation Makers - EducationalAppStore

Learning Point: Use AI to support your strengths.

Seeing AI

5. Seeing AI

(iPhone, iPad)

Artificial intelligence-based apps offer a tremendous amount of potential to learners with special educational needs and people with disabilities, but they are not often first in mind when considering AI's applications.

People with dyslexia can enter a few keywords and have an app like ChatGPT output an email or invoice. Combining AI-based image tools with chatbots has already resulted in apps that help people with vision difficulties live more independently.

Use these tools to show kids how others might use them to help raise awareness of the difficulties some people face and help them think of technology from a broader point of view than their own.

See also: 10 Best Apps for Kids with Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities

Learning point: Consider new technology from the perspective of others with different needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should we teach kids about AI?

AI can help teach, learn, and improve productivity, but it is not a perfect tool. To ensure kids use it safely, wisely, and ethically, we need to educate them. When they begin to use AI tools, it should be with the guidance of a teacher or parent.

Are there any dedicated apps to teach kids about AI?

AI has only recently exploded in popularity, and it will be a while before dedicated apps appear. In the meantime, the Educational App Store will continue to monitor the market and report when they do.

Are AI tools safe for kids to use?

The output from AI tools is inherently unpredictable. It can produce false information, emphasise unfounded prejudices, or produce content unsuitable for children. Its likelihood of doing these or otherwise undermining safety will depend on the type of tool. You should always understand the capabilities of any AI tool before you let children use it and supervise them when they do. Parents and teachers should always ensure their kids use AI-based tools in accordance with the developer's terms and conditions and respect age restrictions.

Education about the internet lagged in its development for many years. We don't want educators, whether teachers, parents, or homeschooling parents, to repeat this mistake. You might not be able to find apps (yet) that help teach kids about AI, but you can get creative by choosing tools for teaching about AI from the apps already available.

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