n a recent column, Eric Nentrup discusses the rapid advancements in AI and Large Language Models (LLMs), such as OpenAI's ChatGPT, and their increasing role in education technology. The integration of GPT-4 into the Khan Academy platform, as well as the development of Stanford's LLaMa project, demonstrates the potential of AI in transforming the education sector. However, these innovations also raise concerns about ethical and responsible use.
The column highlights the need for transparency and proper guidelines in the development and use of AI in edtech. Policymakers, edtech vendors, and educators must work together to ensure student data privacy and promote AI literacy in schools and districts.
Questions for edtech leaders to consider include:
- How do we boost AI literacy in schools and districts?
- Are we incorporating AI studies into STEM curricula?
- Are evaluation systems in place for edtech purchases?
- Can we protect student data from AI model training?
- What other vital questions should be addressed?
Coloring Book Inspires Young Black Girls in STEM
Nia Asemota, a New York University student and mentor with the nonprofit Black Girls Code, created a 36-page coloring book, “Black Girls Code the Future,” to highlight the achievements of Black women in tech. The book aims to build language skills, introduce role models, and inspire young Black girls. Asemota's experience as a mentor and her passion for representation in STEM inspired the coloring book, which includes famous figures like Mae Jemison and Katherine Johnson. Asemota plans to launch a similar book for Latinas in tech as well.