From predictive text to editing software to image generators, artificial intelligence is now part of everyday life.
This fall, his abilities cannot be ignored in the cla*sroom.
“We’ve always had educational tools deemed unsafe or risky, but we’ve always had teachers to provide support and scaffolding,” said Matt Henderson, chief superintendent and CEO of the Winnipeg School Division.
As the Winnipeg School Division finds ways to embrace the technology, Henderson says it’s mostly middle and high school students who are using AI.
“I’ve seen teachers jump into it and use it as a way for students to question themselves, ask important questions, and see how AI could be a tool for us to think even deeper. important issues facing the world. “said Henderson.
Kim Mitchell, a nursing professor at the University of Manitoba, has already allowed her students to use it for writing a*signments to test its abilities and accuracy.
“I honestly think it’s better to allow them to use it in controlled circumstances than to say it’s off limits and never know if students are using it or not,” Mitchell said.
But AI can also be used to cheat. Technology like ChatGPT can write essays in seconds.
“I believe every professor saw an example of AI during the spring and summer semesters,” said Curt Shoultz, director of Brandon University’s Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology.
Shoultz says BU has serious consequences for students who get caught.
“It can range from a failure to expulsion depending on the student’s background and intentions,” Shoultz said.
The head of the University of Manitoba’s IT department says there is detection software to help detect cheaters, but it’s not very effective.
“It often gives a false positive,” said David Gerhard. “I could write an essay myself and the software will say it looks like it was written by AI. And then what do I do? How can I defend myself against this? At the University of Manitoba, we encourage people not to use these detectors because we know they don’t work very well.
Educators plan to adapt to new, world-changing technologies.
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