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School Districts are struggling to figure out how they should react to ChatGPT. Districts like New York City, Oakland, and Seattle have banned AI technology due to concerns about cheating. 

However, in Episode 241 of Class Dismissed, our guest offers some perspective on why we should embrace generative AI software like ChatGPT.

Ben Farrell is the assistant head of school at New England Innovation Academy. The academy is the nation’s first human-centered design middle and high school.

Farrell says, “If we don’t find a way to utilize this as a tool to be supportive of where we’re going, I think we’re missing the boat.”

Embracing generative AI in schools may give students valuable skills and insights into this rapidly evolving field. In addition, by incorporating AI into their curriculum, schools can help prepare students for a future where AI will play an increasingly important role in many industries.

Schools can embrace generative AI in various ways, depending on their goals and resources. Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Offer courses in AI: Schools can offer courses that introduce students to the concepts of AI, including generative AI. These courses could cover topics such as machine learning, deep learning, and natural language processing.
  2. Use generative AI in the classroom: Teachers can use generative AI to create custom learning materials, such as quizzes or study guides, that are tailored to each student’s learning style and level of understanding.
  3. Develop student projects: Schools can encourage students to develop their own AI projects, such as generative art or music, using open-source tools like TensorFlow and PyTorch.
  4. Collaborate with industry partners: Schools can partner with industry leaders in AI to provide students with real-world experience and mentorship. This could involve internships, hackathons, or other collaborative projects.
  5. Incorporate AI ethics education: As AI becomes more prevalent in society, it is important for schools to educate students about the ethical considerations of AI. This could include discussions around bias, transparency, and privacy in generative AI applications.

Listen to Episode 241 of the Class Dismissed Podcast on iTunes or your favorite podcasting app to hear our entire conversation with Farrell.

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