How AI and ChatGPT is affecting education


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Illustration by Maya Hernandez
I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about the impact AI is having on education, especially now that so many teachers are panicked about ChatGPT. But we're teachers, not police officers, and its unproductive to spend all of our time, energy, and money trying to prevent kids from cheating. AI isn't a way to avoid learning, it's a tool for accelerating learning.

In my latest newsletter, I share some reflections, action items, and resources on how to manage AI in constructive ways, including:

  • If a bot can complete an assignment, is it really a good assignment to begin with?
  • How to create uncheatable assessments (spoiler: use authentic projects)
  • Design thinking tools to develop staff or student projects

Read and subscribe to the newsletter for free. I'd love to hear what you think.

Tagged in: Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML)

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Posted on January 08, 2023

Thanks for sharing your thinking Michael in your newsletter and here. You’ve certainly added to my thinking. I’m glad that folks in this Community are also sharing their thoughts on ChatGPT and AI in a couple of posts here and here.

I liked your references to disruptive technology such as Instagram, the Internet and iPhone cameras (as a former photo teacher). The changes in photography came in fast and certainly provided more equity and inclusion to that art.

Your questions are also excellent: “What are we here to do? What do we really need to assess? What do we mean by ‘learning?’” 

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