Artificial Intelligence (AI) and chat-based language models, such as ChatGPT, have the potential to revolutionize education by providing new ways for students to learn and for teachers to teach. However, as with any new technology, there are also concerns and challenges that need to be addressed.
In order to better understand the implications of AI and ChatGPT in education, a group of 35 superintendents leveraged ThoughtExchange and participated in conversations to share their thoughts, questions, and concerns. Through this process, several key themes emerged, which were then further explored in small group deep dive discussions. These themes, and the insights that emerged from the discussions, are highlighted in this article, written by ChatGPT, and edited by those same superintendents, in the hopes of providing guidance for other educators and administrators looking to integrate AI and ChatGPT into their classrooms.
One of the most pressing concerns for educators is the potential for AI, specifically ChatGPT, to be taken advantage of or used for malicious purposes. One superintendent noted, "The voice (VALL-E voice replicating AI) is concerning. The ability to be taken advantage of and scammed. What security exists in it? Do schools need security on who can access it?" Another superintendent remarked: “January 6th 2021, in Washington D.C., illustrated that bad/incorrect information can result in physical harm, destruction, and even death. What we read and believe can influence our actions in good or horrible ways. How do we guard against inadvertent misinformation? How does AI, and how does the consumer of the AI, distinguish what is true and what is untrue? This needs to be built into the design of AI, and into learning standards in education.”