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15 schools become AI pilot schools – steiermark.ORF.at

15 schools become AI pilot schools – steiermark.ORF.at

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is also increasingly finding its way into schools: 15 schools in Styria will become AI pilot schools in the next two academic years and will be provided with their own budget for this purpose.

In the pilot schools, teachers and children must learn how to use AI in a targeted way. In some cases, artificial intelligence may be used if flagged. The use of AI software such as ChatGPT remains essentially prohibited if used to fake performance.

Schools see new opportunities in artificial intelligence

Tamara Kunz teaches programming at Shivlig Middle School. She sees many opportunities to use AI in a wide range of topics. “How do I enter my questions well so the AI ​​understands them? Then you can actually ask in ChatGPT and compare, does this also appear elsewhere? What does Google say about this? What can other AIs say about this? This means fact checking, age verification. This means that they really learn the input and also check it professionally, both in terms of geography and programming.

The private Ursulines School in Graz is also an experimental school. “I just came from a course that was mainly about artificial intelligence,” says Sister Anna Curtis, principal of the high school. “What advantages does this artificial intelligence offer?” Where can you use it? Where might it be more dangerous? I'm also talking about the field of ethics, for example. There are a lot of things that will come up, and I would say that dealing with them is also a positive challenge that we face.

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Pilot schools get their own budget

In St. Marien im Morztal, the middle school and primary school were selected for the AI ​​pilot project. Above all, primary school director Marita Eberhard expects the knowledge of the team and colleagues: “Because we already have digital competence and we offer digital exercises and we also work with iPads in the primary school sector. In cooperation with the middle school, it is great that we get knowledge.” AI pilot schools receive their own project budget for additional educational programs and are supported in the pilot phase.