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 second in a series of blog posts on education and ChatGPT.

The benefits seem huge, but ChatGPT is not all perfect. There are some major concerns of educators using ChatGPT, and they are worth looking at to weigh the pros and cons of using AI. 

September 2021. The first issue with ChatGPT is that it is not in real-time. ChatGBT can only access information before September 2021. Current events will not be there. If major historical court cases or events happened between then and now, ChatGPT will not know about them, which could cause inaccurate information.

Predictions. ChatGPT only sometimes understands the difference between fact and fiction. After all, it is a machine and not a human. The more obscure the topic, the more likely the program will struggle, and the results will be “hallucinations” or general mistakes. There has been at least one person who sued ChatGPT because of hallucinations. Students sometimes take everything at face value, so this could be an opportunity to discuss the downfalls of AI.

No Emotions. ChatGPT is not human and therefore lacks emotion and first-hand experience. This causes concern because, as humans, we are emotional creatures and relate to emotion. Students may turn to ChatGPT for writing help, but it will lack emotions and voice. ChatGPT can also be biased depending on how it interprets information. In February this year, President Biden signed an executive order to direct agencies to protect the public from discriminatory algorithms. It is essential to be wary of the outcome and fact-check the AI before taking it at face value. 

Plagiarism. Of course, students may take advantage of a program that has so much information available. There are AI Detectors, but they could be better. Cheating is going to be the biggest concern for educators. Navigating this topic with students and using ChatGPT, learning its capabilities and downfalls will help students use the AI effectively. Also, asking students to analyze a text, not just summarize, will help to avoid AI responses because AI struggles with generating these responses. The top plagiarism detectors are Grammarly, Turnitin, Quetext, PlagiarismCheck.org, and Unicheck.

President Biden recently gave a speech on AI. You can find it here:

Remarks by President Biden

Here is a discussion on the dangers of AI: “Godfather of AI” Geoffrey Hinton Warns of the “Existential Threat” of AI | Amanpour and Company

ChatGPT will undoubtedly change the landscape of education as we know it. ChatGPT has many benefits to draw upon as teachers, and as long as we know the pitfalls, it could be an engaging tool. 

Here is a list of blog posts that will be featured here in the coming weeks on ChatGPT:

  • Unlocking the Writer’s Mind: How ChatGPT Empowers Students in Generating Writing Ideas

  • Boosting Language Skills: How ChatGPT Enhances Student Learning and Grammar Mastery

  • ChatGPT for the ELA Classroom

If you are concerned about cheating, use essay alternatives like a visual essay. 

Do you have feedback on this topic or other posts in this series? Share them in the comments below!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Linda Jennifer

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