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How are educational institutions adapting to sustainability and AI?

How are educational institutions adapting to sustainability and AI?

Educational institutions are increasingly taking steps to promote sustainability as a fundamental part of their educational mission. In addition to integrating the knowledge of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into their curricula, schools are actively involving all stakeholders in their commitment to sustainability.

Faculty members are working closely with students to still sustainability into everyday classroom practices. These efforts encompass a wide range of activities, from conserving energy by turning off lights and computers when not in use, to maximise the use of paper and materials, practising recycling within the classroom, and encouraging waste-free lunches.

Green teams have emerged within these institutions, dedicated to promoting recycling and reuse, often turning discarded materials into creative projects. They also organise tree-planting drives and vermicomposting, employ sustainable IT practices, and minimise resource wastage during school events.
These eco-warriors are playing a crucial role in making sustainable practices a habit within the educational environment.

STARTING SUSTAINABILITY FROM THE EARLY YEARS
Recognising the impressionable nature of young learners, experts advocate for the incorporation of sustainability education from an early age. Simple activities such as planting saplings, tending to gardens, reusing materials, and even starting a worm farm can help children understand the profound connection between humans and nature.

IMPACT OF AI DEVICES ON EDUCATION
“The rise of AI devices, including ChatGPT, has generated significant interest and debate in recent months. While these innovations offer users well-researched and human-like responses to text-based queries, there are concerns about their impact on the educational landscape,” said Dr Neeta Bali, Director of Schools, Seth Anandram Jaipuria Group of Schools.

Proponents argue that AI tools like ChatGPT can streamline the research process for teachers, allowing them more time for personalised teaching and addressing individual student needs.

However, there are worries that overreliance on such devices could lead to a decline in essential research skills, critical thinking, and originality. It is important to note that AI tools may not consistently provide authentic information, raising questions about their role in education.

Published by:- India Today
Published on:- 08th Oct 2023
Link:- https://www.indiatoday.in/education-today/featurephilia/story/how-are-educational-institutions-adapting-to-sustainability-and-ai-2446080-2023-10-08

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