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  • Writer's pictureSarah Ruivivar

ChatGPT: A new tool for innovative teaching

Updated: Oct 31, 2023

OpenAI's ChatGPT is already making waves in classrooms around the globe, and it's just the beginning.

The innovative AI tool, ChatGPT, is being utilised by educators in diverse ways, from role-playing debate rivals to assisting English-as-a-second-language students with translations. Some teachers are even encouraging students to fact-check the information generated by ChatGPT, fostering critical thinking skills.

One particularly intriguing use of ChatGPT is as an 'AI tutor'. Developed by AI influencer and University of Pennsylvania Wharton School professor Ethan Mollick and his wife, fellow professor Lilach Mollick, this application of the AI tool assists teachers with lesson planning and provides students with a personalised learning experience.

However, the use of AI in education is not without controversy. Concerns about students using AI to cut corners or complete their coursework have led to some schools and districts blocking access to ChatGPT. Despite this, the New York City Public School system has recently allowed teachers to use ChatGPT as they see fit.

OpenAI is aware of the limitations and potential misuse of its AI tool. It has even released an Educator FAQ to address common concerns and guide educators on the best use of ChatGPT. The company emphasises the importance of a 'human in the loop' when using AI tools for educational purposes, ensuring that the technology supports, rather than replaces, human educators.

So, while the idea of a teacher handing over most of their duties to ChatGPT is not on the cards yet, the AI tool is proving to be a valuable addition to the educational toolkit. As we continue to explore the possibilities of AI in education, who knows what the classroom of the future will look like?

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