Almost half of high school students use AI frequently

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Just over half of families (53%) do not approve of their children using artificial intelligence (AI) for schoolwork. However, 40% acknowledge having used computer programs designed to simulate human conversations. (‘chatbots’) to help them with their homework. This is revealed by a study on the impact of technology in homes and classrooms prepared by the digital platform for parents Screened and the consulting firm GAD3, which confirms that almost half of high school students (40%) frequently use AI as a source of information. The percentage is lower among fathers and mothers (31%) and teachers (22%).

Presented today in Madrid, the study – in which parents of young people aged 14 to 17 and non-university teachers have been interviewed – reveals that seven out of ten parents have at some point used AI tools and that eight out of ten They want to know more about this new reality. Users are demanding more privacy policies because one of the main concerns is the use of personal data by platforms.

The emergence of AI in the classrooms, with ChatGPT at the helm, is today one of the hot potatoes in the hectic educational world, mainly due to the fact that it has entered the classrooms via students, who, for the most part, claim to have greater knowledge about AI than their parents and teachers.

ChatGPT is a ‘chatbot’ that uses AI to be able to chat with users, answer a multitude of their questions and even write all types of texts creatively, from poems to essays. According to the Empantallados report, 73% of teachers claim to have used AI on some occasion, either to prepare classes (64%) or to complement the content (50%). Only 30% of parents trust social networks as a source of information, twenty percentage points less than AI. A pattern of trust that is replicated among minors: 61% of the students interviewed trust ChatGPT quite a bit compared to 27% who do so on the networks.

On the resumes

In general, 57% of parents positively value the impact of AI on the education of their sons and daughters. A very similar percentage (60%) is in favor of including AI in the academic curriculum, a figure that drops to 56% in the case of teachers. In fact, only 40% of teachers positively value the educational impact of AI.

The study confirms a high interest in AI by families, teachers and students. Despite being a technology available for a short time, almost 70% of parents, 73% of teachers and 82% of students have already used it. Most of them want to continue learning more about AI. “The high data on first use of AI and interest in knowing more are revealing. Considering that ChatGPT was launched on the market in November 2022, when AI became popular, it suggests a rapid level of adoption. Furthermore, it is a novelty that can transform the activity of all sectors. The emergence of AI seems to bring together the necessary elements to be more than just another technological advance. At a sociological level, it could be the leap towards a new paradigm”he explained Narciso Michavilapresident of the GAD3 consulting firm.

The media

After the Google search engine, the media They have been the second source of information for most families. Also for teachers and students. AI is so popular that it has also become a topic of conversation. Two out of three students (66%) have talked about AI with their friends. Seven out of ten teachers, with their colleagues. However, only one in three fathers and mothers (36%) have talked about technology in their work circle.

The majority of people interviewed (71% of families, 86% of teachers and 91% of students) affirm having asked a chatbot something. Specifically, ChatGPT. The data suggest that it has been sporadic conversations because only one in three fathers and mothers (31%) frequently uses this technology as a source of information. In the case of students, the figure rises to 40% and, in the case of teachers, it drops to 22%.

“The possibilities of AI are endless. Beyond its novelties, the ability to take advantage of this universe of knowledge depends on each user: on how they ask the machine and how much they want to refine each search and each question. In this sense, it is a technology that presents a learning curve different from the others: knowing the rules of use and the grammar of the language is only the gateway to learning to converse with the machine to ensure that it offers us exactly what that we ask. This is a bottleneck that can explain the difference in frequency of use between the sporadic user who accesses AI out of curiosity and the habitual user,” he highlighted. luis martinexpert in AI and director of Digital Communication of Llorente and Cuenca.

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