Applying AI as the Catalyst of Next Big Change in Education

Gary Henderson of Millfield School in UK on ChatGPT and Data Science
Gary Henderson, director of IT, Millfield School, U.K.

Millfield School, based in Somerset, United Kingdom, has a longstanding reputation for sports excellence, but it also prioritizes technology integration in education. In 2012, the school adopted Microsoft 365. Even prior to the pandemic, Millfield had already embraced technology-enabled learning, which proved to be instrumental in managing disruptions caused by the global lockdown.

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Even as several educational institutions continue to have reservations about the use of ChatGPT, Millfield School is embracing this generative AI tool, and has seen over 50% of its students using it daily within just three months. Gary Henderson, director of IT at the school, firmly believes that blocking the use of ChatGPT would be a significant mistake.

"Control is largely an illusion. We encourage students and teachers to utilize ChatGPT to identify and solve problems in the most creative manner possible. Under our well-articulated AI governance policy, we encourage the ethical use of AI not only for enhancing performance but also for aiding problem-solving," he said.

In a video interview with Information Security Media Group, Henderson discusses:

  • Adoption of ChatGPT as a tool for innovation;
  • Data analytics tools for better insights in decision making;
  • Creating a robust cybersecurity mesh with technology and user awareness.

Henderson has more than 20 years of experience in education, across international and U.K. schools in primary, secondary and higher education sectors. With his specialization, he has successfully implemented many educational technology projects and has been involved in IT strategy development for schools.

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Rahul Neel Mani

Rahul Neel Mani

Founding Director of Grey Head Media and Vice President of Community Engagement and Editorial, ISMG

Neel Mani is responsible for building and nurturing communities in both technology and security domains for various ISMG brands. He has more than 25 years of experience in B2B technology and telecom journalism and has worked in various leadership editorial roles in the past, including incubating and successfully running Grey Head Media for 11 years. Prior to starting Grey Head Media, he worked with 9.9 Media, IDG India and Indian Express.

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