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posted by hubie on Monday March 11, @03:43PM   Printer-friendly
from the complaints-department-5000-miles-> dept.

In a notable shift toward sanctioned use of AI in schools, some educators in grades 3–12 are now using a ChatGPT-powered grading tool called Writable, reports Axios. The tool, acquired last summer by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, is designed to streamline the grading process, potentially offering time-saving benefits for teachers. But is it a good idea to outsource critical feedback to a machine?
"Make feedback more actionable with AI suggestions delivered to teachers as the writing happens," Writable promises on its AI website. "Target specific areas for improvement with powerful, rubric-aligned comments, and save grading time with AI-generated draft scores." The service also provides AI-written writing-prompt suggestions: "Input any topic and instantly receive unique prompts that engage students and are tailored to your classroom needs."
The reliance on AI for grading will likely have drawbacks. Automated grading might encourage some educators to take shortcuts, diminishing the value of personalized feedback. Over time, the augmentation from AI may allow teachers to be less familiar with the material they are teaching. The use of cloud-based AI tools may have privacy implications for teachers and students. Also, ChatGPT isn't a perfect analyst. It can get things wrong and potentially confabulate (make up) false information, possibly misinterpret a student's work, or provide erroneous information in lesson plans.
there's a divide among parents regarding the use of AI in evaluating students' academic performance. A recent poll of parents revealed mixed opinions, with nearly half of the respondents open to the idea of AI-assisted grading.

As the generative AI craze permeates every space, it's no surprise that Writable isn't the only AI-powered grading tool on the market. Others include Crowdmark, Gradescope, and EssayGrader. McGraw Hill is reportedly developing similar technology aimed at enhancing teacher assessment and feedback.

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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Opportunist on Monday March 11, @07:08PM (2 children)

    by Opportunist (5545) on Monday March 11, @07:08PM (#1348288)

    Hmm... if you cut out teachers and kids, all that remains is ChatGPT, with no humans required in the whole process.

    It's nice to see our schools finally get back to teaching closer to real life reality.

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by VLM on Tuesday March 12, @07:56PM (1 child)

    by VLM (445) on Tuesday March 12, @07:56PM (#1348447)

    all that remains is ChatGPT, with no humans required in the whole process

    This is Dead Internet Theory in a nutshell. Most of the internet is bots paid for by various corporations and governments trying to shill to ever fewer actual humans.

    I think "mass internet" will never go away as its too convenient to pay your electric bill, etc, but I think we're already at the point where social media and advertising as a business model already involves remarkably few humans. Certainly not the 100% human that was the rule in the early 2000s or late 1990s.

    Dead Internet will be the next dotcom-style collapse, when everyone realizes most of legacy social media is not human so why bother funding it?

    • (Score: 2) by Opportunist on Wednesday March 13, @01:29PM

      by Opportunist (5545) on Wednesday March 13, @01:29PM (#1348541)

      Bots are working for both sides now. And probably even sold by the same bot herders. Bots work as astroturfers, pretending to be real people telling you just how awesome products are, and they are employed by social media companies, pretending to be real people watching the ads that are being shown on those social media sites. Add some more bots employed by people who get free goodies out of "watching" ads like some bonus points in the "free" game they play and you realize that advertising is mostly done by bots and mostly consumed by bots.

      I think you're dead on here, the whole house of cards will come crashing down as soon as companies paying for these ads realize that the bots they use to peddle them are also the only ones really watching them.