How AI chatbots could spark fundamental shifts in education

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    |   No. 137  |   11/14/23  |   EdSurge Podcast A weekly podcast about the future of learning. THIS ISSUE IS SPONSORED BY TRAVRSE A new approach to socil studies from " imagine 0 learning empower potential AI_changing_education_newsletterversion It has been a year since the release of ChatGPT, and educators are still scrambling to respond to this new kind of AI tool.  Much of the conversation has revolved around the double-edged nature of AI chatbots for educators. On the one hand teachers worry that students will suddenly cheat on homework with abandon, since chatbots can write essays in ways that are difficult to detect. On the other hand, though, educators see the potential of the tools to save them time on administrative tasks like writing lesson plans. But in a recent working paper, a trio of education scholars say that these discussions are far too “parochial” and short-sighted. They argue that if the technologists building these new AI chatbots are right that the tools will quickly improve, then the technology will likely lead to massive shifts in knowledge work — including in academic research and the white-collar workforce — and therefore raise profound questions about the purpose of education. The paper imagines four possible scenarios for how generative AI, as the technology behind ChatGPT is called, might change society — and what those changes could mean for schools and colleges.  “Given that these models are mathematically derived from some of our own thinking processes, they might tangentially give us some kinds of insights into how our own brains process information as well.”  — Arran Hamilton, a director at the consulting firm Cognition Learning Group The goal behind the thought exercise is to get ahead of a rapidly changing technology, and to avoid what the scholars call the “worst-case scenarios” that could result. With that in mind, they close with a list of recommendations for how education and technology leaders can respond to try to best harness the benefits of the technology.  For this week’s EdSurge Podcast, we connected with two of the authors of the paper, Dylan Wiliam, an emeritus professor of educational assessment at University College of London’s Institute of Education, and Arran Hamilton, a director at the consulting firm Cognition Learning Group, to talk through what this AI-infused world might look like, and how educators can start preparing. Listen to the episode. 2 hours ago #Learning I I ' I IlIIlIIIIIIIIIIII!IIIIIIIIII'IIlIIIIIIIIIIFIIIIIIIlIIlII'IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII LT PODCAST LISTEN ON: Apple Podcasts  |  Overcast  |  Stitcher  |  Spotify  THE FOLLOWING IS A MESSAGE FROM OUR SPONSOR MID–Ed-Surge-Traverse-Logo_Solo TRAVRSE Traverse is a digital-forward, inquiry-driven social studies curriculum with adaptable content — including more than 1,500 high-quality sources, innovative video formats, and a range of interactive digital tools to explore the past. It enables teachers to approach instruction with confidence and empowers students to experience engaging content that appeals to different learning styles. Find out more. 📖 FOR FURTHER READING Read the working paper discussed in this episode, “The Future of AI in Education: 13 Things We Can Do to Minimize the Damage.” Find out more about recent policy measures related to AI mentioned in this episode, including last month’s executive order by the Biden administration and a recent AI safety summit in England. Check out more coverage from EdSurge about AI in education. Do you have thoughts on the issues we talked about this week? Whether you agree or disagree with our guest, please share them in a voicemail to our new call-in number, 202-990-8525, or email [email protected]. We may include your response in a future episode. ⚡ POPULAR ON EDSURGE THIS WEEK Students Are Busy but Rarely Thinking, Researcher Argues. Do His Teaching Strategies Work Better? 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