This Week in
AI & Education
In the rapidly changing landscape of AI & Education, keeping up with the latest news and developments is essential, and EDT is here to provide updates and the latest insights and perspectives from this week.
1. The changing state of AI in education
The education sector’s initial reaction to ChatGPT’s release in November was a largely negative and panicked response to a new and powerful tool that could answer any question and write full essays on almost any topic.
However, now months later, the outlook is a lot less bleak as discussed in this article from MIT. Many in education from teachers to governments now believe ChatGPT can actually help make education better. Here are some EDT insights on the current state of AI in education:
Advocates for AI in the classroom
- Banning ChatGPT is futile, possibly even counterproductive. Instead, it is important to prepare students for a future world where artificial intelligence will be present in classrooms.
- Richard Culatta, CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) advocates for the use of technology in teaching: “We need to be asking what we need to do to prepare young people—learners—for a future world that’s not that far in the future”.
- Educational-tech companies including Duolingo and Quizlet have already integrated OpenAI’s chatbot into their apps.
- Advanced chatbots could be used as a tool offering many possibilities to enhance classroom interactivity and engagement, and generate personalized lessons. By reducing administrative tasks and providing students with quality time, teachers save time and can focus on quality time with students, among other benefits.
Is AI the push we need to transform education?
A majority of teachers and students agree that ChatGPT is just another example of why we can’t keep doing things the old way for schools in the modern world. For example, rethinking how we assess learning.
The first events bringing governments, public and private sectors together
- Schools and teachers need support to figure out how to integrate ChatGPT into their curriculum and teaching. Government support in the form of money, training, and regulation is needed.
- EDutech Cluster Congress in Barcelona this week (19-20 April) is an example of Edtech companies and public and private education sectors coming together to talk about learning in the era of AI
2. The Future of AI in Ibero-America
This week a joint report ‘The Future of Artificial Intelligence in Education in Latin America’ was released.
- The report was released at an event by OEI (Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture) and ProFuturo taking place in Madrid. The report aims to define the state and perception of education and AI in the region.
- Specialists in the sector collaborated on the report, analyzing AI’s impact on education as well as its productivity and prospects in Ibero-America.
- At the event, the report’s conclusions will be discussed along with proposals for progress, advantages and risks of AI in Latin America. Pablo Langa, Founder and Managing Partner at EDT&Partners is participating in the event as an expert on the topic.
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