UNESCO recently conducted its first global meeting with international education ministers to discuss the potentials and risks of integrating AI chatbots, such as ChatGPT, into classrooms. This was initiated in response to the fact that less than 10% of educational institutions follow formal guidelines for AI tool usage.
In this groundbreaking online event, the ministers reviewed UNESCO's newly released roadmap for education and generative AI. The roadmap addresses both the promise of AI in education and its potential issues, such as generating inaccurate data, just like humans.
According to a new UNESCO survey, the rapid emergence of powerful AI applications presents many challenges for institutions. UNESCO stresses the need for action to integrate AI technologies into education, with safety, inclusion, diversity, transparency, and quality being the priorities.
Moreover, the organization acknowledges the vital role of teachers as learning facilitators in this new era, emphasizing the need for guidance and training to meet the challenges posed by AI in education.
The agency is also developing policy guidelines on the use of generative AI in education and research, as well as AI competencies for students and teachers. These tools will be unveiled during the Digital Learning Week at UNESCO Headquarters in September.
Source: UNESCO news release summarized by OpenAI's GPT-4.