Use of AI


Various AI programs such as ChatGPT utilize “Generative Pre-trained Transformer” technology to generate text and answer questions. They use a vast database and connection to the web to generate responses that are often indistinguishable from those written by humans. Additionally, the accuracy of an AI program generally improves with more interactions, creating a back-and-forth conversation between the user and the AI. 

Going forward, AI programs like ChatGPT will be readily available to students whether we desire it or not.  There is a lot of debate about whether that is a positive development or not.

  • On the one hand, there is a lot of potential for ChatGPT to be used in education to enhance learning.  ChatGPT can be a useful tool for K-12 students to support their academic growth.
  • On the other hand, ChatGPT has the capability of being misused by students in ways that could be detrimental to their learning.


At ISNS we plan to take the same approach with regards to the use of AI software as the IB.  We do not plan to ban such programs since that would be a futile endeavor and does not prepare our students for a world where AI software will be widely used.  Instead, we would like to educate students on the effective uses of such software and keep reminding them about global standards of academic integrity that must be upheld.  Our students need to have well-developed skills for using AI effectively and appropriately.  They must have the ability to think critically and the ability to discern what is accurate and reliable information.

Students cannot submit work generated by an AI and claim it as their own work. According to the IB, students “need to be made aware that we do not regard work written by such tools to be their own. To submit AI-generated work as their own is an act of academic misconduct and would have consequences.” If a student does utilize ChatGPT in the writing process, they need to correctly cite it as an official source just as with any other resource.

In the IB approach to education, there are several strategies already being utilized which will deter students from submitting AI generated work as their own.  Students are generally required to show their work along the way through a process.  They are also frequently asked to explain, reflect on, and answer in-depth questions about their work.  Additionally, going forward, our teachers will be interviewing students more often about their written work to ensure that it is their own.  

No matter how ChatGPT is used, it is crucial to acknowledge that machine learning models like ChatGPT have limitations and potential biases. The AI learns from the data it is fed, and as such, personal biases and inaccurate data can result in incorrect information. The creators of ChatGPT are implementing ongoing adjustments to improve its accuracy and reduce potential biases. They have also put restrictions on the type of information generated, prohibiting answers to dangerous, unethical, immoral, and inappropriate queries.  Nevertheless, users must be aware of its potential downfalls.

“Why ChatGPT Is an Opportunity for Schools.” International Baccalaureate®, 2023