“Students, please meet your newest classmate.”
Snickers around the room.
“Now now…please be kind. Our new classmate’s pronoun is “they/them” and while they may be a different voice than you are accustomed to, please welcome they.
At MYX we have added a member to our cohorts. They doesn’t raise their hand nor speak unless asked but has already been a valuable member adding their insights to be debated among their peers.
Unlike most higher education institutions MYX is not freaking out as to how they will handle Chat GPT and the rise of AIs. We are not building walls of fire (aka firewalls) nor threatening expulsion from engaging with this technology, if anything we encourage it.
They has a seat in our classroom.
You see…there is no such thing as “again.” You can’t go backwards. But yet my colleagues spend so much time fighting progress, which explains the lack of it in our field. By making AI “forbidden,” it increases it allure and by not treating the technology as part of learning you are hindering students from learning a tool that will absolutely be part of their future.
At MYX we treat Chat GPT has another source. Another opinion in the room. Often we will ask Chat GPT to write a paper and read that paper together and discuss it’s merits before sending our students off to write their own.
Chat GPT is a pencil for these students. No different than other tools. And unlike the pencil, will be with us and only growing over the next decades.
We bring it in the classroom as our students need to see this technology as a tool, not as the source of TRUTH. That is where things get dangerous. By reframing Chat GTP as a student in our class, they is just another voice, another aspect, another tool in our own understandings of the questions we want to solve.
And in that vein I asked Chat GPT what they thought about its use in the classroom.
As an AI language model, ChatGPT can be a useful tool in the classroom to enhance learning experiences. However, it is important to use it responsibly and in a way that complements, rather than replaces, traditional teaching methods. Here are some potential benefits and considerations:
- ChatGPT can provide instant and personalized feedback to students, allowing them to review and revise their work in real-time.
- It can help students access information on a wide range of topics, including those that may not be covered in class.
- ChatGPT can assist students in developing critical thinking skills by engaging them in thought-provoking discussions and debates.
- It can help students learn in a more interactive and engaging way, making the learning experience more enjoyable.
- ChatGPT is not a substitute for human interaction and expertise. Teachers should continue to play a central role in guiding and facilitating classroom discussions and activities.
- It is important to be aware of potential biases and limitations in the responses generated by ChatGPT, as it is only as reliable and accurate as the data it has been trained on.
- Teachers should consider the ethical implications of using AI in the classroom and ensure that students understand the limitations and potential risks of using these technologies.
- ChatGPT should be used in a way that complements and supports the learning objectives of the curriculum, rather than as a replacement for traditional teaching methods.
In summary, ChatGPT can be a valuable tool in the classroom if used responsibly and in a way that complements traditional teaching methods. Teachers should be aware of the potential benefits and limitations of using AI technologies and ensure that they are used in an ethical and effective manner.
And there you have it.