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AI Might Disrupt Math and Computer Science Classes – In A Good Way

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third-grade students in a math class at First Avenue Elementary School in Newark, N.J.

AI can serve as a tutor, giving a student who is struggling with a problem immediate feedback.

Credit: Gabriela Bhaskar / The New York Times

As schools debate banning AI chatbots, some math and computer science teachers are embracing them as just another tool.

"Computers are really good at doing tedious things," says Jake Price, assistant professor of mathematics and computer science at the University of Puget Sound. "We don't have to do all the tedious stuff. We can let the computer do it. And then we can interpret the answer and think about what it tells us about the decisions we need to make."

Min Sun, a University of Washington education professor, thinks students should use chatbots like personal tutors. If students don't understand a mathematical operation, they can ask ChatGPT to explain it and give examples.

She wants teachers to use ChatGPT as their own assistant: to plan math lessons, give students feedback, and communicate with parents.

Teachers can also ask ChatGPT to recommend different levels of math problems for students with different mastery of the concept, Sun says.

From The Associated Press
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