The ChatGPT AI tool is banned by schools, and students are afraid of cheating and plagiarism

  • Some of the nation’s largest school districts are blocking San Francisco-based OpenAI’s new ChatGPT tool on school networks and devices.
  • Education technology experts urge schools to train teachers and students on how to use ChatGPT and AI rather than ban it outright.
  • OpenAI told USA TODAY that it is creating a way for teachers to catch students using a text generator to answer questions on tests or assignments.

Since ChatGPT came out in November, the nation’s largest school districts have banned AI chatbots, and anxious students will use the quick text generator to cheat or plagiarize.

Teachers and professors worry that the technology is making it too easy for students to use it as a shortcut to essays or writing assignments and other exams, and that it is creating content in a way that can bypass software that detects when students are using information that is not their own work.

Jumping in to ban the tool may not be the right course of action, however, education technology experts say: since AI will be part of the future for young people, it should also be part of the classroom now.

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