Will AI technologies revolutionize education for the future?

I was looking forward to this debate. It was the last debate and the first one where I was still determining how to vote before the debate started. I still don’t know how to vote. I kept going back and forth with my decision, depending on what was being said.

I agree

I agree with the benefits of AI for educators presented by Rokhsareh and Haniey. They stated that AI can create personalized learning experiences, help with assessment and feedback to students, assist in planning and revising curriculum, enhance collaboration and engagement, and be a time saver for teachers.

I introduced ChatGPT to my YTNEP students as I am instructing a course on the teaching of writing. I wanted to share what I learned in this class with them, as they will soon be confronted with ChatGPT when they begin teaching. I was surprised that they did not know very much about it and had never tried it. It was fun to see their faces when I asked ChatGPT to create a marking rubric for a writing assignment. One of the students asked it a question in French, and received a reply in the same language. That was entertaining.  Another student is on a special diet and asked it to create a list of recipes for her. We also discussed the ethics behind using ChatGPT in the classroom. I shared this Youtube video with the class. It shows how ChatGPT helped with correcting an error in writing code. This assist can be applied to helping students with math, chemisty or physics problems.

This story shows how AI technologies can personalized learning experiences, help with assessment and feedback to students, and be a time saver for teachers; all benefits presented by Rokhsareh and Haniey.

I disagree

I found myself agreeing with George and Kanwai when it was their turn to present their arguments. I believe it was Kanwai who said, “AI is a tool of support but it can’t teach you how to be a good human being.” Another point they made was that AI is not to replace teachers but to increase their ability. The issue of creativity was addressed; AI can enhance teacher creativity but not replace it. I agreed with their point that there is a lack of trust with AI. This is a huge barrier for some people, I know it is a barrier for me.

What next?

I needed some time to think about the issues raised during the debates. I also wanted to reflect on the experience of sharing ChatGPT with pre-service teachers as they are part of the future of education. I know I seriously need this book:

This quote best sums my thoughts. It is from John Spenser’s blog “Human Skills in a World of Artificial Intelligence”

This is good advice for all of us. We can not predict what the future holds or where AI will take us so perhaps there isn’t an answer for Debate #6. I think that the unknown future is showing us that teachers are more important than ever before.

Summary of Learning

This is my summary of learning. I have made videos before this course, but this is the first time I have uploaded one on Youtube. I figured it out, which shows how much I have learned in this course. Here it is, for better or worse.

I enjoyed this course and learning with all of you!

Educators DO have a responsibility to use technology and social media to promote social justice

Once again, this was a great debate question. Both sides argued their points very well; I found myself agreeing with Amanda, Jacquie, AND Ramsel all at the same time. Kudos to Ramsel for taking on this debate by herself. All three debaters did an awesome job.


I voted for the “agree” side in the pre-vote. The topic closely aligned with the arguments made by JR and myself in our debate. At the risk of sounding redundant, technology is not inherently good or bad. It is a tool that can be used for good or for bad. Teachers in the Yukon have a responsibility to use technology and social media to promote social justice because it is in the curriculum.

Teachers need to use their position of power and influence to promote social justice. The article “Teaching Social Justice in Theory and Practice” outlines ways this can be done. It also highlights reasons it MUST be done. As I read the article. I was reminded of a book I read in another course. Has anyone taken EDL 829 Supporting Indigenous Success? If so, remember this book?

The article mirrors much of what is represented in the “Model of effective teaching for Indigenous students.” Information from the headings “Fostering a classroom community of conscience” andHelping students see each other as co-learners rather than adversaries” greatly overlaps with the model of effective teaching. (see below)

This is not an add-on to the curriculum, it IS the curriculum. I have found that being open to the possibility of engaging students in social justice issues allows the teacher to see opportunities when they arise.


This story goes back a few years. There is a protected area in the Yukon called the Peel Watershed.

The last rays of sunlight hit the tops of the mountains along the Wind River in the Peel watershed; Yukon, Canada

Stunningly beautiful and one of the last areas that have not been open mining development. It is also traditional territory for four Yukon First Nations. The Yukon Party, the government in power then, held a referendum to determine if some of the Peel should be open to mining. People voted and said no. The government said they would do it anyway, and things got heated politically. The decision affected my junior high students as many were Frist Nations and part of the Peel was in their settlement lands.  I was upset because the government was not listening to the people; VERY undemocratic and not okay. I created a project to help the students advocate for the Peel. This was not planned or in my year plans. Stakeholders and politicians visited the class and answered questions. The local biologist came to the classroom with a pile of maps; each highlighted an area of the Peel that was important for a specific species of plant or animal. The students did their research and wrote letters to politicians from every level of government. The letters outlined their opinion of what should be done with the Peel Watershed, backed up with facts from their research. After completing the project, I checked off learning objectives from the English, Social Studies, and Health curriculum.


I had to side with Ramel’s argument as she focused on the word “neutrality.” This is a very important point and can not be discounted. Remaining neutral is part of the responsibility of the teacher. To repeat a previous point, teachers are in a position of power. What we say and do influence our students. I discussed the civics unit made by Elections Canada in class. My students wanted me to tell them how I voted in the federal election, but I waited until AFTER they voted in our mock election. I did not want to influence their vote with my way of thinking. It is important that we teach our students HOW to think, not WHAT to think. I agree with Jessica when she pointed out in the class discussion that she wants to teach her students to be good human beings.

The article “Social Media Use and Pathways to Protest
Participation: Evidence From the 2019
Chilean Social Outburst “shared by the agree side helps me make my point. The authors stated that “As a large number of studies demonstrate, social media use is closely linked to political participation, especially “unconventional” forms of participation such as protests.” (Scherman & Rivera, 2021, p.1). This was also seen in Canada during the Trucker Convey protests in Ottawa in February 2022. Many people who participated in the protests received their information from social media and primarily through Facebook posts. The Freedom Convey protests also had no defined leaders, a point made in the article by Scherman & Rivera. But I digress. My point is that social media is used by our students and is a vehicle to promote protest participation. Teachers have a responsibility to engage their students in discussions of social justice.


There is one debate left and I am looking forward to it. I honestly have no idea how I will vote in the next debate….. I will be sorry to see the debates and this class end.