The South Australian government is trialling an AI chatbot, "Edchat", in eight public high schools. This first-of-its-kind trial aims to explore the use of AI in supporting student learning and understanding the benefits and risks of these technologies.
- An eight-week trial is being conducted to assess the use of AI in supporting student learning, exploring the benefits and risks of these technologies.
- Unlike other regions, South Australia has not banned the use of generative AI tools in public schools.
- According to a YouthInsight survey in June 2023, 70% of 14–17-year-old Australians have used ChatGPT, 59% for schoolwork or study, and 42% for completing school assignments.
- Edchat, the AI tool, is programmed to act like a tutor, providing hints, suggestions, or asking counter-questions instead of directly answering students' questions.