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Where’s the Line? What do Vermont educators think about AI?

Where is the line with AI? AI can be used in transportation, education, government, entertainment and just about anything else. But HOW should it be used? That’s a question attendees at the keynote of this year’s Dynamic Landscapes Conference worked to answer in an interactive presentation.

One big question educators are asking is around authorship. If a person was to register a work for copyright, what percentage of that authorship should be human?

Here’s what Vermont educators thought:

What percentage of human authorship should be required for a person to register their work?


About half of the educators in the audience felt 80% or more authorship was appropriate, but the other half saw it differently. This is a question the US Copyright Office is currently examining.

Here’s another ethical question, around plagiarism, a concern of many educators with the growth of Generative AI. Plagiarism detectors, like TurnitIn promise to evaluate the content and give a percentage based on how much they think the work is plagiarized. This raises ethical concerns about the definitions of plagiarism, how these detectors function and proper citation. When asked what was an acceptable amount of plagiarism that a detector could find in a paper, the crowd at the keynote was split.

Your school uses a plagiarism detector for assignments. It returns a percentage of presumed plagiarism. Where is the line?

During the presentation there were many comments explaining their answers. Different perceptions, backgrounds and experiences helped inform those choices. And there is not one choice in these issues, no “right or wrong.”

Ethics involves making tough, sometimes uncomfortable decisions, and the audience was faced with them. AI has spurred the need for those decisions as debates with human authorship, self-driving cars and even autonomous weapons are currently being debated around the world. Digital citizenship, the ethical and responsible use of technology helps provide a framework and guide for some of these ethical debates. Like AI, digital citizenship is connected to many other subjects and uses. Where is your line? And how are we helping our students determine their own code of ethics?


Carrie Rogers-Whitehead

Carrie Rogers-Whitehead is the founder of Digital Respons-Ability, a mission-based company that works with educators, parents and students to teach digital citizenship. Her company provides training to tens of thousands of students, parents, and educators across the country.

Carrie is a former librarian and TEDx speaker and regularly presents on technology, digital citizenship, education and parenting. She frequently writes and researches on technology and has been a regular contributor to ISTE and other sources. Carrie is the author of seven academic titles and won a 2021 Outstanding Reference Source List from the American Library Association for one of her books. She lives at home in Utah with her family.

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