This week on Edutopia, I blogged about “Using AI to Encourage Productive Struggle in Math” and about how students don't need the answers to math problems; they need help with the process and how they can use Wolfram Alpha with ChatGPT to do that (as well as some other thoughts. Shout out to my principal, Jonathan Dyal, and math teacher, Matthew Sheets, who work with me for their advice and thoughts as I crafted this post. I'd like to add this as another day of learning about AI and HI in education as I spend the majority of my time digging into and teaching on this topic.
Some of my most important thoughts from this article, I think are:
“The problem with Photomath or AI, in general, isn’t that they help us find the correct answer; it’s that they do little to help students learn the right process to find the answer themselves. In my view, this is where AI can truly be useful in math education, and fortunately, new tools are being developed to guide students through the productive struggle that helps them learn.”
“Effective AI does not make humans obsolete; it unleashes human potential. Using AI as a partner to accurately coach our students through the productive struggle is the sweet spot we’re all looking for. That, my fellow teachers, is the answer to improving math with AI. Now let’s improve our process when it comes to using AI.”
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