AI-generated plagiarism has become a source of concern in academia since the publication of OpenAI's ChatGPT in December, as teachers and school boards throughout the country debate whether to remain cautious or embrace the possibilities of AI writing tools.
Teachers are both frightened and intrigued since ChatGPT and other chatbots can generate text in practically any format on any subject. Want to write a sonnet in Shakespeare's manner, and maybe a limerick as well? How about a 500-word English paper on The Great Gatsby's thematic significance of blue curtains? You may also use tools like Quillbot to disguise the essays that ChatGPT provides you with.
Nobody believes ChatGPT can write valedictorian essays, but as Mashable's Mike Pearl argues, "ChatGPT knows just enough to be hazardous."
Outside of school essays, some teachers are enthused about the potential of AI writing to improve learning experiences, while others are apprehensive to introduce it into the classroom. Here's how teachers and schools are coping with ChatGPT across the country and on the internet:
The ChatGPT bot is not permitted in New York City schools.
In what appears to be the first policy prohibiting the use of AI bots in schools, the New York City Department of Education prohibited students and teachers from using ChatGPT on district networks and devices. According to The Washington Post, it is unclear whether or not the usage of ChatGPT outside of school is prohibited.
"While the tool may provide quick and easy answers to questions, it does not develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, which are crucial for academic and lifelong success," Jenna Lyle, a representative for the New York City Department of Education, told The Washington Post.
The NYCDOE is the first to act, while many other states and school districts are currently determining how to implement ChatGPT regulations. However, at some schools, instructors have taken precautionary precautions for their courses in lieu of any formal district decision.
According to the San Francisco Standard, teachers at Oceana High School in Pacifica, California, warned students not to use AI-writing software for assignments. Some teachers, like as Andrew Bader, have informed the Standard that they may demand students to submit "handwritten or multimedia tasks that pupils cannot copy-and-paste from AI."
To prevent plagiarism, some websites have developed tools to detect AI writing, such as writer.com's AI-content detector or GPTZero, an anti-ChatGPT application.
For what it's worth, OpenAI says it's working on a technique to digitally "watermark" its text outputs, which means making sure the text has AI-generated indicators that a robot can notice but a human can't.
Teachers on the internet, notably on TikTok, are divided on whether they favor or oppose ChatGPT. Some instructors find that using a chatbot to create lesson plans and materials for their pupils makes their job easier. According to Dan Lewer's comment on one of his TikTok videos, "Take note of how my suggestions assist teachers in doing their jobs better rather than doing their duties for them. Good teachers cannot be replaced by bots. Yet. ?"
Tyler Tarver, another TikTok teacher, told his followers that ChatGPT "allows you to support and engage every student regardless of ability level." Tarver utilized AI to write a portion of the screenplay for the video he was making to demonstrate this point. In another TikTok post, Tarver stated, "Kids can just tell it what they want it to do [like] Write a 500-word essay about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." However, in his support for ChatGPT, he emphasizes the chatbot's potential as a classroom tool. He mentions that it can provide instructional materials for teachers and serve as a discussion tool for students.
These films show teachers expressing both optimism and skepticism about how content generation AI will forever impact the classroom. According to the TikTok reply, teachers on the app consider ChatGPT as a tool to be utilized in the same manner as calculators and cell phones are — as resources to help students succeed but not to perform the work for them.
Finally, the option to deploy AI writing tools in the classroom is up to individual teachers and their students' requirements.