AI-generative tools have been both a source of inspiration and a source of headaches for educators. The concern over cheating using bots like ChatGPT is real. However, there are colleagues of ours who are innovating ways to incorporate these technologies into their existing curriculum that still demand students to think critically and analytically.
Here are 5 ideas from colleagues in the field:
- Analyze a ChatGPT generated text for accuracy and alignment with audience and purpose. While doing this, students improve their editing skills, analyze for accuracy of information generated by the bot as well as critically evaluate the writing itself and how well it accomplished the given purpose.
- Craft a ChatGPT prompt that gives accurate and targeted results given a particular task, audience and purpose. The process of defining a clear and accurate prompt can help students to do the cognitive work of defining and redefining what they want the bot to do in response to a specific goal.
- Incorporating bots focused on a content area for students to interact with and evaluate, such as Hello History, an AI bot that allows you to converse with notable people from history. Students can learn about the individuals they choose to encounter as well as analyze who is included in the library and how accurately they are represented.
- Individually log words or phrases that a student commonly gets wrong using Grammarly and develop strategies to learn the correct phrasing or spelling. By recognizing the small subset that students struggle with, they can learn, practice and create automaticity with the correct form of the word or phrase that will produce more fluent and accurate writing and speech.
- Engage with AI-powered gamified learning platforms, such as Climate Hero, to learn content, Environmental Science in this case, and problem-solving skills. The AI-aspect of this game makes it so that students must answer questions in phrases and sentences, instead of multiple choice like many learning games do, and require more thinking and writing from students, as well as provide flexibility for a range of responses.
Educators are also utilizing AI-generative technologies using programs like ChatGPT and Magic School to craft lesson plans, create differentiated resources for students draft letters and posts to revise and publish to parents and students.
As the technology grows, so will our ways of innovating and incorporating student thinking while interacting with AI and its many applications.
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