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January 25, 2023

Educators Worry About Students Using Artificial Intelligence to Cheat

Ask students: What is ChatGPT? When was ChatGPT released? How are some students using ChatGPT to cheat?


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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.

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Discussion Questions

  • 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

How do you think schoolwork and school assignments  such as writing projects could be best adapted to increasingly sophisticated artificial intelligence?

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?

Additional Exercise

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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Republished with permission from PBS NewsHour Classroom.

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PBS NewsHour Classroom helps teachers and students identify the who, what, where and why-it-matters of the major national and international news stories.

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