What is Chat GPT?
A recent advancement in artificial intelligence called Chat GPT enables computers to comprehend and reply to input in natural language. It was developed by San Francisco-based OpenAI, a startup with close ties to Microsoft.
This technology represents a substantial advancement in artificial intelligence and is based on the most recent developments in language processing and machine learning. Deep learning is used by Chat GPT to analyze data from different sources, then use that information to provide answers to any questions being asked. Then, as you wait for your question, it will search its database and reply in microseconds to what is being asked.
What is Deep learning?
Where can It Be Used?
Customer service, sales, marketing assistance, human resources, legal, and government, are just some of the things it can be used for. It can be used wherever natural language is required, such as in chatbots and virtual assistants.
This technology will change the way we interact with computers, and it is a major advance in artificial intelligence.
How Much is Chat GPT?
Currently, Chat GPT is free. And for something that Elon Musk says is “scary Good”, how can that be?
ChatGPT had more than 1 million users in the first five days of its launch, according to OpenAI’s CEO Sam Altman. And ChatGPT is the fastest-growing app in the whole world, said Swiss bank UBS. About two months after its debut, UBS analysis predicted ChatGPT would have 100 million active users by January (It was right). It is also attracting 96 million new visitors a month and its revenue is expected to hit 1 billion dollars by the end of 2024. Source. Gitnux, Chat GPT statistics.
Comparatively, TikTok reached 100 million users in nine months. Do you think with a customer base like that, it will remain free? The computer costs alone must be astronomical and I can’t see any business that could continue to absorb those costs.
Open AI’s Sam Altman admitted that will eventually need to be monetized because of its “eye-watering” compute costs, Musk was informed that the average cost of each response was in the “single-digits cents”. With 100 million users asking multiple questions even single-digit cents will be adding up.
Can Chat GPT help Educators?
As teachers, we must be asking ourselves the question “Can we ethically use Chat GPT in the classroom or even outside the classroom in pursuit of school business? can we use it for writing tests, or even putting together lesson plans or sample “papers” for the classroom, or even for marking tests. let us first look at what can be done before we discuss the moral and ethical implications of Chat GPT or any of the other A.I. programs out there.
What AI Programs are in the Market Now?
1. VoicePen AI: Convert audio content into blog posts, using AI.
2. Krisp: AI tool for removing background voices, noises, and echoes from calls.
3. Beatoven: AI tool for creating custom royalty-free music.
4. Cleanvoice: AI tool for automatically editing podcast episodes.
5. Podcastle: AI tool for studio-quality recording from your computer.
6. Vidyo: AI tool for making short-form videos from long-form content.
7. Maverick: AI tool for generating personalized videos at scale.
8. Soundraw: AI tool for creating original music.
9. Otter: AI tool for capturing and sharing insights from meetings.
Copy and Content AI Tools:
1. Copy: AI tool for generating copy that increases conversions.
2. CopyMonkey: AI tool for creating Amazon listings in seconds.
3. Ocoya: AI tool for creating and scheduling social media content.
4. Unbounce Smart Copy: AI tool for writing high-performing cold emails at scale.
5. Puzzle: AI tool for building a knowledge base for your team and customers.
And these are just a few of them, there are a lot more out there. And as sure as eggs our students will know a lot more than we do.
How can We Use AI in the Classroom?
A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) is one of the most recent changes we’ve observed in the educational system, and it has many people concerned about the potential consequences it may have. But it will never fully replace human instructors, AI supposedly has a lot to offer in the classroom.
They have already deployed “Robot Teachers” to varied degrees of success in some places in China where they are unable to send foreign teachers (mostly due to remoteness).
Source: The Daily Mail 2019 I can almost hear the Robot teachers saying, Dr Who like, exterminate, exterminate.
What areas could we effectively use AI in the classroom?
Teaching, and teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) needs to have a human in the classroom. I have yet to come across any AI that can understand sarcasm or when describing a new word be able to articulate via body language. Also picking up different nuances in the accent requires a human ear and an electronic ear, in my books, doesn’t cut it. Not yet anyway.
The Cons of Chat GPT.
One thing we must remember is Chat GPT only has an accuracy of 85% +. And while that may be good enough for most other things, it is not good enough for marking, tutoring or any other teaching activity. But if you can build those parameters into what you are doing and still manage the results effectively then it may be a useful tool.:
Source. Gitnux Chat GPT important statistics
It’s also critical to be aware that Chat GPT is still in beta format. The website clearly states that it may yield misleading information, including outright false information. Some have discovered that, when specifically prompted, it can also produce biased and discriminatory information.
Marking or Grading.
Scantron testing and computer tests have both been used for electronic grading for many years. As AI develops, teachers may be able to delegate all assignment marking to an AI, freeing up their time to spend more time with each student individually and adapt the curriculum to fit the needs of each class.
Additional cons apart from the 85% accuracy are the need for constant internet supply and the cost. So why do it? The time saved is immensely powerful. The amount of work teachers are expected to do just keeps increasing and if we can find anything to streamline our workflow, don’t get in my way.
Tutors are crucial because teachers can’t be with their pupils at all times. Some students merely require a little bit more assistance with a certain subject. Going to a tutoring lesson might be unsettling for shy students rather than meeting with a tutor. Students who struggle with social or academic anxiety may find that working with an AI tutor gives them the support and self-assurance they need to thrive in school.
Helping Students Write.
Along with Chat GPT, you also have tools like Quillbot and Grammarly. Quillbot and Grammarly have slightly different ways of doing fairly similar things. Namely, they will check the spelling, grammar, and word order of what you have written. There are both free versions and paid versions. For students, especially ESL students, the non-paid version is quite ok.
And Chat GPT and a lot of other AI writing apps may help by prompting the student with appropriate headings for the student to add extra text or information. While Chat GPT and tools like Rytr make it easier to write content, it leaves itself open for blatant copying. Not plagiarism but copying straight from what the AI writes.
This is the part of AI that scares me the most. While trying to help the students we may inadvertently end up with a generation who can not write a story without help from AI.
In Ryters own words, “Generate killer content, effortlessly. Never face writer’s block again. From blogs to emails to ad copies, auto-generate catchy, original, and high-converting copies in popular tones & languages in just a few seconds. Just pick a use case, enter some context, and boom…your copy is ready.” Source Ryter.
Writing lesson plans eventually becomes a chore. After your 3rd or 4th year, let alone 15, lesson plans can become a certain type of hell that only teachers understand. How can you say the same thing but differently after your 6th thousand lesson plan?
This is where Chat GPT comes in handy. Simply enter a topic or subject matter, and the chatbot will produce a list of related terms, ideas, and illustrations that you can use in your lesson plans. or perhaps even write your lesson plans for you. This is one I feel no qualms about using at all.
Another use of Chat GPT I have no qualms about using is personal development. You can type into Chat GPT areas you believe would help you become a better teacher and see what ideas it comes up with.
To assist in enhancing teaching abilities, it may offer pertinent articles, videos, and other resources once you have typed in certain topics that are areas of interest..
Moral and Ethical Implications of Using Chat GPT.
As a teacher, the major ethical worry I have is the potential misuse by the students. Rather than just using it to improve grammar or check vocabulary the students may get the AI to write the whole essay. And if there is any problem with the training or input of the AI that will reflect in the final written paper.
Or in AI speak, the output of Chat GPT depends on the input is a key ethical issue. The output will be tainted if there are any issues with the input. For instance, if there is prejudice surrounding the input based on race, sexual orientation, or age, that will show in the final draft.
Results from this may be unjust and misleading, especially for underprivileged groups. In order to counteract prejudice and guarantee fair and accurate results, it is essential to have a broad and representative dataset in the first place.
It’s crucial to keep in mind that ChatGPT is a bot, therefore you shouldn’t rely on it blindly. While depending on the chatbot’s recommendations, it’s crucial to exercise caution and apply your own discretion.
I suggest taking the chatbot’s responses as a model or guideline for all the things I listed above, then personalizing them for your needs and target audience by including your own thoughts and quirks. By doing this, you may avoid sounding robotic or generic and instead produce material that is more engaging and authentic.
Ultimately, using ChatGPT as a resource can be a great way to learn and get inspired, but it’s vital to keep in mind that the content will only be genuinely yours if you utilize your own imagination and judgment.
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6 thoughts on “Chat GPT for Educators.”
I just finished reading your article about ChatGPT and wanted to give you a big thumbs up! Your article really shed light on the many ways ChatGPT can be used to support educators and enhance teaching and learning experiences. As someone who is also passionate about education, I love learning about new tools that can help engage students and make learning more fun and effective. ChatGPT definitely seems like a valuable addition to any educator’s toolkit!
I really appreciated the examples you provided in your article, showing how ChatGPT can be used in different educational contexts. It’s amazing how versatile this tool is, from language learning to writing instruction to classroom management. You really showcased how each application can benefit both students and teachers, which was great.
It’s also refreshing to see that you addressed the limitations of ChatGPT. It’s true that it may not always provide the most accurate or nuanced responses, and that it needs to be trained on specific topics. But, as you pointed out, it’s not a silver bullet and should be used in conjunction with other pedagogical strategies.
Your balanced analysis was really helpful. Thank you!
Thank you Julia, I appreciate your thumbs up. As long as we treat it as a tool and not let it do the work for us, we will provide a better learning experience for our students.
i recent came across an article that explains how to use Chatgpt for creating sales copy and interactive email notes. But with you explanation on using same AI for creating lesson notes with same AI, this is what I need to automate my daily task and create an engaging classroom. Thank you for this detailed explanation
Thanks, I am pleased you found it useful.
I am very surprised that such a powerful technology has been massively released at such an early stage. Maybe they are just using us as testers to mature it, in a beta testing stage.
The truth is that with the little that we have seen so far, its possibilities and scope are scary. In my opinion, the biggest danger of AI is in its ability to be used to control and indoctrinate people. Imagine who kids who have attended a school attended by robots like Bingo will trust first when they grow up.
There are definitely disadvantages if used the wrong way. I just hope we never integrate tech into our bodies..