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CHAT GPT already baned at schools

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How teaching AI in schools could help equip students for future careers

ChatGPT is a chatbot trained using the GTP-3 language model. It uses language processing to generate responses to user input in conversational manner. Provides informations and assist with tasks within the limitations of its programming. It isn’t using real data yet, but that probably will happend in a next year.

Open AI’s CEO Sam Altman claims that: “ChatGPT is incredibly limited but good enough at some things to create a misleading impression of greatness. It’s a mistake to be relying on it for anything important right now.”

What the opportunities are created? Chat GPT’s writting skills are on the level of high school student satisfied with grade B. In other words, those good students will be able to use it as a tool to facilitate their work, it will be an addition which they will polish. While students without these abilities can completely rely on this and may not consider it as cheating, but as working smarter. Who will do it with a tool that can solve any task in a few seconds? And with gained extra free time do whatever you want. Then schools have to introduce innovative solutions, and also focus more attention into learning and work during school time, not outside of it, because homework is becomming useless.

But why do teachers assign so much writting homework to us? Why is it so important? Writing essays is a process of expressing one’s thoughts, ideas, and opinions on a particular topic in the form of a written document. It is a way to demonstrate one’s understanding of the topic, as well as their ability to articulate their thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively also to improve comunicational skills, develop critical thinking, demonstrate and improve research skills.

Education Department of USA says that: “While the tool may be able to provide quick and easy answers to questions, it does not build critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, which are essential for academic and lifelong success.” and that may be sharing “harmful instructions or biased content.”. In that case the tool is already restricted on New York City Public Schools’ networks and devices and more and more schools are following this lead or at least considering such step. However, a student still can access chatGPT from a personal phone or computer at home. Also, the AI-detectors (created to catch fraudsters in the act) still don’t work in my opinion, I checked one essay created by GTP chat and it detected it as 89% man-made. Whether teachers are doing the right thing by cutting us off from a world that is only moving forward with new technologies and increasingly relies on artificial intelligence ?

Schools are focused on memorisation as metod of teaching and learning, but in my opinion should change and shift its attention into: critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, creativity, digtal literacy – to help students how to use technology effectively and responsibly that is increasingly important in today’s world and last but not least emotional intelligence to recognise, manage and understand owns emotions, to develop strong social and interpersonal skills. In my opinion, chat GPT and other innovative tool of artificial technology could bring about a great revolution in schools. We should learn to work with it, because it is a world that we will soon be surrounded by on all sides.

https://www.foxnews.com/tech/nyc-bans-ai-tool-chatgpt-schools-fears-new-cheating-threat

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2022/12/openai-chatgpt-writing-high-school-english-essay/672412/

https://ny.chalkbeat.org/2023/1/3/23537987/nyc-schools-ban-chatgpt-writing-artificial-intelligence

https://www.forbes.com/sites/barrycollins/2022/12/30/chatgpt-five-alarming-ways-in-which-ai-will-lie-for-you/?sh=4bbf93825cb9

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/12/technology/chatgpt-schools-teachers.html

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Minecraft teaches future programmers

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This is not a secret that the IT industry is expanding very quickly. It causes a constant growth of demand for programmers. According to the speculations of the European Committee, EU labour market will not meet this demand until 2030. Because of the money earned by beginner programmists, more and more people older than 30 decide to change their occupancy to “junior programmist”. But it still isn’t enough. The solution is to put kids in the world of programming very early, so when they grow up, part of them will fill the shortage on the labour market.

Microsoft came up with an idea to make young people interested in coding. They developed a learning platform which is Minecraft: Education Edition. Of course, computer science is not the only subject, which can be taught via Minecraft EDU. The platform also contains contents for mathematics, art, science etc. The software is not only dedicated to schools, but also for private educators. Many private institutions have made the use of Minecraft education, creating courses for groups of children.

According to Linkedin data, such skills as mobile development or design of user interface will be in high demand in the coming years. Also, there is no doubt that thanks to programming young children can learn a set of other skills such as problem-solving. What is more teaching computer science in schools is recommended, because it allows students to gain information about the continuously developing technology. However not every child finds programming interesting, probably instead of learning it, they would rather… play some computer game. Here comes MINECRAFT: EE, which combines both, fun and learning. Creators of the content of the lessons of PYTHON developed a set of various tasks, which both make children engaged in it and doesn’t make them bored.

Microsoft and Code.org team up to bring ‘Minecraft’ to Hour of Code (PRNewsFoto/Microsoft Corp.)

The problems, which children need to solve are based on in-game issues. For example, they have to create a script, which will display the number of steps every 10 seconds or they have to build a program, which will build a house in Minecraft on its own. Of course, there are also more complex tasks related to some story: one of them shows a real-world use of AI on an example of predicting a chance of fire.

To conclude, thanks to Minecraft, young learners have an opportunity to gain various practical skills, such as analytical thinking, problem-solving, basics of coding, intermediate programming (AI and python) and understanding the technology. However, such an idea has its dark side. Programming is going to be the next subject in students’ schedule, while they already have plenty of them. Is it appropriate to make young students have more obligations?  Maybe we should abandon some other subjects to avoid making youngsters overworked?

references:

1.https://education.minecraft.net/class-resources/code-with-minecraft/

2.https://zielonalinia.gov.pl/-/boom-na-programistow-potrwa-do-2030-roku-prognoza-ekspertow

3.https://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/coding-education-important-implemented/

4.https://www.giganciprogramowania.edu.pl/?gclid=Cj0KCQiA2ITuBRDkARIsAMK9Q7PTgcrGDuP0XnNLAmT_gYWvDIuXFvuDQSfbmpnSP0lIz4Jonkca-EIaAko1EALw_wcB

5.https://education.minecraft.net/wp-content/uploads/HoC_Lesson-Plan.pdf

6.https://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/coding-education-important-implemented/

7.https://education.minecraft.net/lessons/teach-python-with-minecraft-pi/

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