Chatbots and Artificial Intelligence in Classrooms (Natasha Singer)

Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

Natasha Singer is a reporter for the New York Times. In writing this article, she sat in high school computer science classes.The article appeared February 6, 2023.

Marisa Shuman’s computer science class at the Young Women’s Leadership School of the Bronx began as usual on a recent January morning.

Just after 11:30, energetic 11th and 12th graders bounded into the classroom, settled down at communal study tables and pulled out their laptops. Then they turned to the front of the room, eyeing a whiteboard where Ms. Shuman had posted a question on wearable technology, the topic of that day’s class.

For the first time in her decade-long teaching career, Ms. Shuman had not written any of the lesson plan. She had generated the class material using ChatGPT, a new chatbot that relies on artificial intelligence to deliver written responses to questions in clear prose. Ms. Shuman was…

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