8th May 2023
The Singapore Ministry of Education is training teachers to utilize artificial intelligence (AI) tools like ChatGPT to augment the learning experience. Education Minister Chan Chun Sing has mentioned that professional educator discussion groups are exploring the use of these AI tools as well.
Mr Chan compares ChatGPT to a math calculator, stating that it can only be beneficial for learning if students have a strong grasp of basic concepts and thinking abilities. Consequently, the Ministry of Education aims to teach students how to responsibly use AI tools.
The Education Minister emphasized that students will continue to learn fundamental concepts without becoming overly dependent on such tools, similar to how calculators haven’t eliminated the need to comprehend basic math operations. Additionally, students will learn how AI tools function and develop the ability to critically evaluate the responses from these tools, which may be inaccurate or biased, for precision and impartiality.
Mr Chan also pointed out that certain skills, like self-directed and collaborative learning and inventive thinking, cannot be easily replaced by technology. Instead, these skills are developed through leadership positions, interdisciplinary projects, and hands-on learning experiences.