With technology advancing rapidly in every sector, it is no surprise that AI technology has infiltrated the world of education. Local schools like Lake Highlands High have begun to brace themselves for the potential systemic changes that could be brought about by AI.
AI technology uses machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) to enable machines to think and act like humans. For teachers, it’s being used to automate certain tasks, such as grading assignments. This helps to reduce the workload of teachers, allowing them to focus more time and energy on teaching and providing personalized feedback.
“I actually embrace the idea of using AI in class,” says Kimberly Cox, science teacher at LHHS, “I don’t think this technology is going anywhere, and if we don’t begin to integrate it into the classroom, we will be behind in education in the United States. Countries like South Korea are already integrating it into their curriculum.“
In the classroom, AI-enabled virtual learning environments are being used to create immersive learning experiences for students. AI-powered platforms provide teachers with insights into student progress, allowing them to tailor their teaching to individual student needs.
“If students can quickly locate information using AI,” Cox says, “They can use that information to apply to real world scenarios. This will only better equip them in the future.”
There are still some potential drawbacks to using AI in the classroom. For instance, it can lead to an overreliance on technology, which can limit students’ creativity and problem-solving skills. Additionally, AI can be expensive to implement, and some teachers may not have the skills or resources to use it effectively. Finally, AI technology can lead to privacy and security concerns, as it can potentially be used to track and monitor students.
“It has not been an issue yet,” says Todd Paquette, English teacher at LHHS, “However, I am about ready to get into a major rhetorical writing project the week after next, so I guess I need to get a better understanding of the AI implications and capabilities.”
Overall, it is clear that AI technology can be used in the classroom to great effect, providing students with new tools to help them understand concepts better, as well as helping teachers to reduce their workload and improve student outcomes. However, it is important to be aware of the negatives of using AI technology, such as privacy and security concerns, and to ensure that it is implemented effectively. With the right preparation and planning, AI technology can be a powerful tool for improving the classroom experience.
There are fears that AI writing technology may soon become indistinguishable from human authorship. The gap between 2023 and a future dominated by AI in the creative space seems to be rapidly closing. Some say that this future is already upon us, and that AI has already infiltrated our culture in an irreparable way.
Don’t believe it? Let’s pull back the curtain.
With the exception of quotes from LHHS teachers, everything you just read was written and generated by Writesonic, an AI writing software created by Samanyou Garg, an Indian entrepreneur and developer.
Writesonic launched in June 2021, and remains a very raw and untested technology. Still, did you notice? As Garg and other developers continue to push boundaries and refine their product, how much longer until nobody notices at all?