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More Information on AI in the Classroom


Last week's Ed Tech Tips highlighted a new ed tech tool that has taken the education world by storm, ChatGPT. There have been a wide variety of reactions, everywhere from astonishment that a tool like this exists, others that appreciated the positive spin, and others who are still unsure about it. But, the reality is, whether we're ready or not, this will soon make it into our classrooms. Once students begin using this, it will be up to us as educators to ensure they know the steps the AI program took to provide an answer, and also how we can promote authentic work from our students. Below are resources that have been created for teachers and what we can do so that we are well-prepared when this becomes a part of our classrooms.

Microsoft Bing + ChatGPT

While it's only a matter of time before AI capabilities make it into our classrooms, companies are already buying into it to make the experiences better for us, the end user. Microsoft has just invested close to $1 Billion to integrate AI Technology into their search engine, Bing. It is rumored to be released in late March and is expected to provide Bing with a slight advantage over Google. It is said the AI will result in more complete sentences for search results as opposed to a list of links.

That Didn't Take Long

Just as quickly as ChatGPT has come into view for educators, it didn't take long for someone to outsmart the AI. A college student at the University of Princeton, Edward Tian, has developed an app to assist teachers in determining whether or not an essay has been written with ChatGPT. Created over his Winter Break, Tian said that his bot, GPTZero analyzes the text how it appears to determine if it has been written with an AI program. In summation, humans typically vary their wording and sentence link when writing whereas an AI's sentences are more uniform in length. Additionally, the bot can determine how complex an idea is. Even though it's existence has been short, GPTZero is already receiving high praise from educators everywhere.

A Teacher's Guide to ChatGPT

One of the most daunting feelings with this new program is the idea that students will no longer need to rely on actually knowing how to write essays, critically respond to ideas, or even solve math equations. But, on the flip side of that, there are a wide variety of ways that ChatGPT can be infused into our learning for positive use. Andrew Herft, a fellow educator, has created a PDF Guide that highlights how teachers can use ChatGPT in the classroom and have it be both effective and efficient. That PDF Guide can be found here.

Worldwide Implications

Teachers in the United States aren't the only ones feeling the impacts of this new tool, ChatGPT. There are teachers worldwide who have begun customizing their instruction to make sure the incorporation of ChatGPT is as seamless as possible. Evan Dunne, a fellow educator from Ireland (with an awesome first name, too!) created a very thorough PDF guide on how to successfully incorporate ChatGPT into the classroom. Within it, he highlights how this tool can be used for collaborative learning and personalized learning experiences.

Chatter Abound

The most definitive item that can be taken away from all of this ChatGPT inclusion material is that it has prompted many educators to chat about, learn about, and maybe even become a little fearful of how this tool will find its way into our classrooms. Madison, a current head of a P-12 library curated a wide variety of articles and sites about how ChatGPT is being used and its impact on both classrooms and libraries. The articles included within it are highly informative and worth checking out, to be positive we are instilling the appropriate work habits into our students.

Google Aha! Tip of the Week

One aspect of my current position that I absolutely love is the ability to answer a plethora of questions about how technology can improve learning for students. When a teacher asks how to make lessons better, or has a simple question about a tool, I cherish the opportunity to help them. But, when you're in a pinch, Google has an extensive library of product guides specific to their tools. Everything from basic uses to troubleshooting, check out their Product Guides for (probably) more information than you could ever imagine about the suite of Google tools.

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