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Wrestling with Chat GPT and Co.

Gymnasium/Sekundarschule Abwechslungsreicher Unterricht SIS Stuttgart-Fellbach

A New Technological Approach to Learning

At SIS Stuttgart-Fellbach, much like the other schools in the SIS group, we employ technology as a tool to enhance learning. One area of technology that has recently gained prominence is artificial intelligence (AI). Clearly, we acknowledge the threats that AI brings. However, we also see the opportunities it presents to enhance teaching and learning.

Chatbots can help manage student-led differentiation. AIpowered chatbots can answer questions and provide guidance on various subjects, helping students navigate complex concepts and reinforcing their understanding. For instance, a student struggling with understanding quadratic equations can ask the teacher, but sometimes it can be more beneficial for learners to explore the material on their own.

Empowering Students: AI Chatbots for Educational Support

Here, programmes like Chat GPT can help. The student might ask, “How do I solve a quadratic equation using the quadratic formula?” Chat GPT provides the student with a step-by-step explanation of the quadratic formula. It also offers examples and reinforces understanding by outlining sample problems. And where is the teacher while all this is happening? Instead of repeating the content they introduced earlier, they can coach students on the essential skill of asking the right question – a higher-level thinking skill.

Another valuable aspect of AI programmes is creating content. Just think of how much time and skill students need to create a captivating food advertisement that showcases an innovative dish when the main task is to discuss how the advertisement uses visual effects, language and storytelling.

Balancing Technology and Critical Thinking in Education

Of course, it is crucial to remain mindful of the potential drawbacks of relying too heavily on AI technology and becoming passive recipients of information rather than active thinkers. At SIS Stuttgart-Fellbach, our aim is to ensure that critical thinking remains an essential component of education, and so we must actively develop strategies that promote independent thought and analysis in our classes. Just one way of doing this is to leverage the benefits of ever-improving technology.

Roy Whittet, Secondary School Teacher