AI should be integrated into the classroom, Norfolk experts say

NORFOLK, Va. – Artificial intelligence, otherwise known as “AI”, is progressing more and more in the public eye.

It becomes available everywhere, and we mean everywhere. It is accessible on your phone, tablet and laptop. We have all these devices in our offices, homes and in the daily life of society.

You have probably heard of widely available online platforms like ChatGPT where you can request almost anything from the AI ​​service and it will provide you with information. Now it is rapidly entering our classrooms.

Artificial intelligence experts like Dr. Isaac Osunmakinde, associate professor of computer science at Norfolk State University, said it’s something we can’t avoid in the classroom or at home. He thinks he should kiss her.

Osunmakinde uses various AI platforms to help its students learn how to integrate it into business technology and into their daily lives.

“We have many AI platforms available to the public,” Osunmakinde explained, referring to a few he uses in his classes.

In the classroom, teachers could use AI to clear a long list of tasks, such as grading homework, so they can focus on teaching their students. For students it can be used things like learning exercises.

You can ask ChatGPT almost anything. Even if it’s a silly request, like asking him to create a haiku about tacos or a 500-word essay on the major impacts of Abraham Lincoln during his presidency, the platform will create it for you.

AI can do more than that, including mimicking a person’s voice to give you the impression that they’re talking.

This begs the question: when is the use of AI cheating or considered plagiarism?

“Just asking for an answer and copying it verbatim could be abuse,” Osunmakinde said. “In this case, the students are not really learning what is expected.”

However, he said using the service in the classroom and at home is unavoidable these days. And it all comes down to checks and balances with the use of this technology.

Osunmakinde’s colleague, Felicia Doswell, agreed that not only is AI so widely available, it’s also already so deeply embedded in our daily lives, even if we don’t realize it.

“ChatGPT didn’t provide any new information that Google didn’t provide before,” said Doswell, also a computer science major at Norfolk State University. “AI gives us ways to quickly get information and quickly train our students, but it can also be used by teachers to train them and show them how to use this information correctly.”

Asked about the age limits for using AI, Osunmakinde said children would start using tools like ChatGPT as they already get used to digital technology in today’s society.

Experts added that it’s best to talk to your kids at home about using AI with homework and projects. This will help keep a clear class message at the dinner table.

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