GCS Position on Generative Artificial Intelligence
Position Statement: Use of ChatGPT or AI in Classroom Instruction
At Greenville County Schools, we recognize the rapid advancements in technology and the potential benefits it can bring to our educational system. As we navigate the ever-changing landscape of education, we understand that innovative tools such as ChatGPT (Chat Generative Pre-trained Transformer) and artificial intelligence (AI) have the potential to enhance classroom instruction and improve student learning outcomes. However, it is essential to approach their use with careful consideration and adherence to established guidelines and best practices.
Augmentation, not Replacement
Greenville County Schools firmly believes that technology, including ChatGPT and AI, should be used to augment classroom instruction rather than replace human interaction and instruction. While these tools can provide valuable support, they should never substitute the critical role of teachers in fostering meaningful student engagement and facilitating personalized learning experiences.
The use of ChatGPT or AI in the classroom should be aligned with sound pedagogical principles and instructional strategies. Principals are encouraged to ensure that any implementation of these technologies is in harmony with research-based practices, curriculum standards, and the district's educational goals. It is crucial to evaluate how such tools can enhance student-centered learning, critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving skills.
Greenville County Schools places a strong emphasis on the ethical use of technology in the classroom. Principals should prioritize the protection of student privacy, data security, and digital citizenship when implementing ChatGPT or AI. It is essential to comply with all relevant laws, regulations, and district policies related to data privacy and security. Principals should also educate students about responsible digital practices and foster discussions on ethical considerations associated with AI.
Professional Development and Support
To ensure effective implementation, Greenville County Schools is committed to providing comprehensive professional development and support for principals, teachers, and staff. Principals should collaborate with instructional technology specialists and other stakeholders to offer training opportunities that focus on using ChatGPT and AI effectively, integrating them into the curriculum, and addressing any concerns or challenges that may arise.
Ongoing Evaluation and Reflection
Continuous evaluation and reflection are essential when integrating new technologies into the classroom. Principals are encouraged to regularly assess the impact of ChatGPT or AI on student learning outcomes and engagement. By collecting feedback from teachers, students, and parents, principals can make informed decisions and adjustments to optimize the use of these tools.
In conclusion, Greenville County Schools recognizes the potential benefits of ChatGPT and AI in classroom instruction. However, we emphasize the importance of using these technologies responsibly and in alignment with our educational goals. Principals play a critical role in ensuring that the implementation of ChatGPT and AI is rooted in sound pedagogical practices, ethical considerations, and ongoing evaluation. By doing so, we can harness the power of technology to enhance student learning experiences and prepare them for success in a rapidly evolving world.
“Position Statement for Use of Artificial Intelligence in Greenville County Schools.” ChatGPT, 23 Mar. version, OpenAI, 18 July. 2023, chat.openai.com/chat.
Helpful Guidelines for Parents
Using generative AI with students can be an innovative and engaging way to enhance their learning experience. However, it's important for parents to set appropriate guidelines and expectations to ensure that the technology is used in a responsible and productive manner. Here are some guidelines and expectations for parents using generative AI with their students:
Using Generative AI
- To use AI, you must be at least 13 and have an account.
- If you are allowing your child access, it must be through a personal account and not through GCS.
Supervision and Monitoring
- Always supervise your student's use of generative AI tools, especially if they are younger.
- Regularly review the generated content to ensure accuracy and appropriateness.
Set Clear Goals
- Define specific educational goals for using generative AI. What subjects or areas do you intend to use AI assistance for?
- Clarify how AI will complement and support your student's learning, rather than replace traditional learning methods.
Balance with Other Learning Activities
- Generative AI should be a supplementary tool, not a replacement for critical thinking, research, and creative skills.
- Encourage your student to engage in hands-on learning experiences, discussions, and critical analysis alongside AI use.
Privacy and Data Security
- Choose reputable and trusted AI platforms that prioritize user privacy and data security.
- Teach your student about the importance of not sharing personal or sensitive information while using AI tools.
Encourage Creativity and Originality
- Emphasize the importance of using AI as a tool to enhance creativity, rather than a means to simply replicate existing content.
- Guide your student to explore various ways to use AI-generated content as inspiration for their own ideas.
Critical Thinking and Review
- Teach your student to critically evaluate the quality and accuracy of AI-generated content.
- Encourage them to fact-check information and question results that seem incorrect or biased.
Respect Copyright and Plagiarism
- Educate your student about copyright laws and the importance of giving credit to original creators when using AI-generated content.
- Discourage any use of AI-generated content that could lead to plagiarism.
- Establish time limits for using generative AI tools to prevent over-reliance and ensure a balanced learning experience.
- Maintain open and ongoing communication with your student(s) about their experiences and challenges while using AI.
- Address any concerns or questions they might have about the technology.
- Be prepared to adapt the guidelines as you gain experience and better understand how AI impacts your student's learning journey.
Remember that generative AI is a tool, and its effectiveness depends on how it's integrated into your student's education. By setting clear guidelines and expectations, parents can help ensure that their students benefit from the advantages of AI while developing critical skills and maintaining a balanced approach to learning.
Tools to explore:
Developed in part by OpenAI. (2023) ChatGPT (Aug 3 version) [Large language model]. https://chat.openai.com/