The world of artificial intelligence is constantly advancing and changing the education landscape. The time is now to learn what this new technology can do for us as teachers and how to embrace it. ChatGPT is undoubtedly at the forefront of this new AI, and teachers should know the benefits and drawbacks of this new technology. Will ChatGPT be your new best friend or your newest nemesis? With some insight into the technology, ChatGPT can provide opportunities for easing the workload on teachers and guide students as they navigate these new possibilities. What follows is the first in a series of blog posts on education and ChatGPT.

To begin with, let’s see what ChatGPT says about itself and how it can help educators. The prompt was Education and ChatGPT. Everything highlighted is cut and pasted from ChatGPT.

 

Blog Title:

How AI is Set to Revolutionize the Teaching Landscape in 2023

 
Blog Introduction:
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is an integral part of many modern-day sectors, ranging from finance to healthcare and beyond. However, the education sector has yet to fully embrace the power of AI. Nevertheless, this is set to change as AI will become more prevalent in classrooms over the next few years. This blog will explore the effects of AI on teaching and learning, and how the role of teachers is set to evolve with the integration of this technology in classrooms worldwide.

THIS SEEMS VAGUE, BUT LET’S CONTINUE:

 

Blog Body:

Personalization of Learning

With the infusion of AI into the education sector, the traditional one-size-fits-all approach to teaching will soon be history.

 

IS CHATGPT CORRECT THAT TEACHING BEFORE AI WAS ONE SIZE FITS ALL? I DON’T THINK SO.

 
AI helps educators plan customized lesson plans, remedies, and learning materials for each student’s unique needs, weaknesses, and strengths.

OKAY- I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THIS. I ASKED CHATGPT TO EXPLAIN.

 

With adaptive learning systems, AI makes it possible for students to learn at their own pace. Teachers can use the insights gathered from student data to identify where students struggle most and create tailored interventions. AI algorithms are capable of analyzing student performance and using that information to adjust coursework in real-time. 

HOW DOES IT DO THIS? I, ONCE AGAIN, ASKED CHATGPT:

 

Adaptive learning systems leverage AI algorithms to analyze student behavior, assess their learning levels, and customize the course content accordingly. This allows students to learn in a way that best suits their unique learning style. Teachers can evaluate student progress in real-time, knowing right away when a student is struggling with a particular concept. Students are presented with content that is appropriate to their level, making learning more comfortable, engaging, and effective. 

HOW DOES IT DO THIS?  I, ONCE AGAIN, ASKED CHATGPT:

 

Adaptive learning systems are revolutionizing education by leveraging AI technology to analyze student behavior, assess learning levels, and customize course content. With this technology, students can learn in a way that best suits their individual learning style, making education more accessible and engaging for all. By analyzing student progress in real-time, teachers can efficiently identify when a student is having difficulty with a particular concept and provide them with appropriate content. Students are presented with content that is tailored to their level, making learning more comfortable and effective. It’s truly fascinating how AI is transforming the way we learn and paving the way for a brighter future.

 

IT SEEMS TO NOT REALLY BE GIVING ME DETAILED INFORMATION. IT REPEATS ITSELF AND PROVIDES VAGUE ANSWERS.

Okay, so we must understand its limitations and ask the right questions.

Next, I asked ChatGBT to analyze the difference between teaching Pre-Covid and Post-Covid. Here’s what AI said about the classroom setting: 

“Classroom Setting: Pre-COVID: Traditional classroom settings involved face-to-face interaction between teachers and students. Students would gather in physical classrooms, fostering a sense of community and allowing for immediate feedback and collaboration.”

“Post-COVID: Post-COVID, classrooms have shifted to remote, hybrid, or socially distanced models. Virtual platforms and video conferencing tools have become essential for online instruction. Physical distancing measures have limited in-person interactions, affecting the dynamics of the classroom.” 

The writing is sophisticated, grammatically correct, and true to an extent. ChatGPT can only go back as far as September 2021, so there would be no new information on schools’ post-hybrid settings. As you can see, it also lacks significant emotion because it is a computer and not a human, so any human emotion about teaching at this time would be void from this particular writing.

Next, I asked ChatGPT to analyze Sonnet 18 by Shakespeare. Take a look at an excerpt:

“Structure and Rhyme Scheme: Sonnet 18 follows the typical Shakespearean sonnet structure, consisting of 14 lines divided into three quatrains (four-line stanzas) and a final rhyming couplet. The rhyme scheme is ABABCDCDEFEFGG, with each line written in iambic pentameter, which consists of five metrical feet (iambs) per line.” 

“Theme: The Transience of Beauty: The speaker compares the beloved to a summer’s day, acknowledging the fleeting nature of beauty and the impermanence of seasons. This theme explores the contrast between the ephemeral nature of natural beauty and the enduring beauty of the beloved.”

All of these aspects are concrete, specific, and fact-based. There is no real opinion or emotion. The answer is more specific than the earlier answers.

I then asked ChatGPT if it has ever been incorrect. The response was yes. Here is what the AI expressed:

“However, I’m not infallible, and there may be instances where I could provide incorrect or incomplete information. The vast amount of data I’ve been trained on helps to minimize errors, but it’s always important to verify information from multiple sources and consult domain experts when needed.”

Finally, I asked ChatGPT another question: What is war? ChatGPT again relied on the facts and provided some insight, but, of course, the answer was not personal or emotional. Here is an excerpt of what the AI revealed:

“In certain cases, nations may engage in war to secure access to resources, expand territories, protect economic interests, or assert geopolitical influence. These actions are often driven by perceived national benefits, strategic considerations, or historical claims.”

“It is important to note that the above arguments are not exhaustive, and there are strong counterarguments against the justifiability or effectiveness of war. Many advocate for peaceful means of conflict resolution, diplomacy, negotiation, and international cooperation as alternatives to armed conflicts.”

Again, you can see that ChatGPT can describe war and explain superficially why war occurs and the results of war. However, it lacks any emotion about the human experience in war. Also, it is of utmost importance to note that ChatGPT acknowledges there are strong counterarguments to all of the reasons it lists. It is not deciding if we should or should not engage in war. Remember, it will never give an opinion. ChatGPT can sometimes come off as biased depending on the question and how it is asked. 

Furthermore, it is limited in its response. Teachers can find it helpful for some tasks.

In the next post, I will review a few more concerns and begin to explore some of the benefits.

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Linda Jennifer

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