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ChatGPT in the classroom: Here's what teachers and students are saying Posted on : Mar 11 - 2023

Despite concerns about whether students are using ChatGPT to cheat on exams or as a shortcut to doing their coursework, a national survey shows students and teachers have quickly incorporated the new technology into their everyday lives.

Laila Ayala, a student at Comp Sci High in New York City, has used ChatGPT to research prompts for her debate team on the effect of AI on students, student mental health and whether the SAT and ACT should be abolished. In Kentucky, high school junior Zachary Clifton said he has used ChatGPT to create study guides for some of the college courses he takes at a nearby community college.

Even as some school districts ban the artificial intelligence platform – which can quickly answer questions about nearly any subject it's asked – and some college professors find themselves becoming hypervigilant about whether students are using it to cheat. The new survey commissioned by the Walton Family Foundation and conducted by Impact Research found 22% of students use the chatbot to help them with coursework or in extracurricular activities "on a weekly basis or more."

And more than half of teachers surveyed reported using ChatGPT at least once since its release. Forty percent of teachers used it "at least once a week." View more