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Artificial intelligence, a hot topic

After the launch of ChatGPT in November 2022 Artificial intelligence (AI) became a hot topic in many organisations, not least in schools. When the primary school Vikstaskolan in Sweden joined the Cosmos project AI was of great interest among the teachers and the students. What is AI, is it good? Is it bad? Is it more than ChatGPT? Will people lose their jobs? Can AI help students in their studies? With all these, and many more questions in mind, the teachers decided that working with a project about AI, using the approach presented in the COSMOS project, would be an interesting model to explore during some weeks, both for their students and themselves.

It's the day before the Christmas break at Anna van Rijn College. At 8.30, 23 grade 11 students are watching a big screen. Will it be a Xmas movie?

No, biology teacher Manon Ockeloen is showing headlines from a current news feed saying that only half of the students their age are vaccinated against HPV. Is that a problem? For whom, only girls? The Ask-phase of the lesson has started. Before discussing this, students write down their own motivation for their vaccination decision. In addition, they place themselves against 3 statements on the topic on a Likert scale. For example, with safe sex, you don’t need an HPV vaccination. Or HPV vaccination is only useful for girls. At the end of the lesson, students again take a position.