One year on, has artificial intelligence been a classroom game-changer for you?
Exploring the educational landscape where traditional teaching practices coexist with artificial innovations.
Living with ChatGPT for one year
One year ago today, I wrote about the future of education in the context of ChatGPT.
On my travels, I’ve seen more and more teachers discover artificial intelligence, exploring the ethics, risks and opportunities that the technology can offer across education.
I’ve experimented with OpenAI for almost three years now. Over the last year, I’ve published some AI resources, played with countless tools such as Discord, and promoted some that I believe will make a difference to teacher workload. I have even developed my own, building upon tried and tested methods.
Will ChatGPT replace teachers?
I remain sceptical.
I do not believe AI will be the end of humanity, nor do I believe the emerging tools will replace teachers in the classroom. This is not to say that we should not be absent-minded about the potential harm that AI can have globally, but that discussion is not for this blog.
Nevertheless, we should all continue to show some interest in how this technology will evolve as it consumes our everyday lives, and as we get older, our students will grow increasingly familiar with this technology in their day-to-day work, especially in the classroom.
Shaping the future of AI in the classroom
At least in the classroom, we should all actively participate in the discussion around assessment, considering how AI generates content, plagiarism, how to mark assignments or exam papers, and everything else associated with determining what students know.
And here lies the rub. We must teach our young people about the benefits and risks of using artificial intelligence, including knowing how to use the technology, when to attribute its use, and, more importantly, when to avoid using it!
There is an excellent research paper by Hamilton, Wiliam and Hattie (2023): 13 things we can do to minimise the damage, which I’ll return to in a future blog. The research considers global regulations, licensing, copyright, deepfake, content and data protection, to name a few. All of these themes have to be considered in the context of education; even at the time of writing, our government is still playing catch-up.
Whilst teachers unlock academic success for our young people, they should now do so in the context of AI.
I’m going to stick my neck out here and default back to what my heart and head believe matters most. Teachers will continue to be the most influential factor in student learning success in the classroom.
My overarching conclusion? Not everyone is an expert in technology, pedagogy or implementation. It’s worth considering who is sharing what, why and how …
Header image: Created by Dalle-E (I have no idea who owns it!)