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Educators worry about students using artificial intelligence to cheat

January 23, 2023


New York City public schools blocked access to the popular artificial intelligence tool ChatGPT. Educators are concerned that students could use this technology to write papers – the tool wasn’t even a month old when a college professor in South Carolina caught a student using it to write an essay in philosophy class. For a transcript of this story, click here.

Five Facts

  • Who is interviewed in this story, and what is his background?
  • What is ChatGPT?
  • When was ChatGPT released?
  • How are some students using ChatGPT to cheat?
  • Why was professor Darren Hick able to determine that a student’s paper had been generated by artificial intelligence and was not her own work?

Focus Questions

  1. How do you think schoolwork and school assignments  such as writing projects could be best adapted to increasingly sophisticated artificial intelligence?
  2. Media literacy: This report focuses on a problem caused by artificial intelligence, but can you think of any ways AI could help teachers and students?
  3. Optional, if short on time: See, Think, Wonder: What do you notice? What does the story make you think? What do you want to find out more about?

For More

What students can do: What is artificial intelligence, and why has it become such a focus of technology companies lately? What are some of the ethical concerns related to the technology? Watch the following video and discuss: In what ways might expanding AI tech be both helpful and harmful?

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