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The Bavarian Realschule Teachers' Association (brlv) has called on politicians not to "oversleep" the rapidly progressing developments regarding artificial intelligence and its possible uses in schools.
The reason for this is the hype surrounding the new AI chat model ChatGPT, an easy-to-use chatbot that can write plausible, if not always correct, texts and thus do students’ homework, for example.
"Our schools are faced with completely new, as yet unforeseeable challenges in terms of teaching design and exam culture," warns the digital representative of the Realschule teachers' association, Ferdinand Stipberger.
Although ChatGPT is still error-prone, it will continue to improve.
train students and teachers
"Such chatbots will certainly be used more frequently, for example when doing homework," says Stipberger.
It is all the more important to teach schoolchildren the skills they need to use AI-based platforms and software solutions as quickly as possible – also so that they can assess the dangers.
According to the association, teachers should also be trained accordingly.
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The Bavarian Ministry of Education is already tackling the challenge in a pilot project: since September, 15 model schools have been developing "various pedagogical concepts and learning settings in which components of artificial intelligence are used," the Ministry of Education announced.
A spokesman for the Bavarian Minister of Education, Michael Piazolo (free voters), told the fee-based briefing provider “Bildung.Table” at the beginning of January that ChatGBT would change everyday school life.
Pupils would have to learn to check and verify the results of internet research.
New York bans chatbots from schools
According to the report, the ministry in Hesse even sees an opportunity in the chatbot.
The spokesman for Minister of Education Alexander Lorz (CDU) said, "Tools like ChatGPT can support students individually in their learning process - and represent a relief for teachers." In this way, teachers could take care of the individual development of the children even more.
In the USA, on the other hand, people are less relaxed about it.
New York City decided last week to ban ChatGPT from public schools.
Because of potential negative impacts on student learning and concerns about the safety and accuracy of content, access to the chatbot is being restricted in schools, CNN reported, citing the deputy public school spokeswoman: "While the tool is capable As quick and simple as giving answers to questions may be, it does not build critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are essential to academic and lifelong success.”