By now, you've probably heard of it.ChatGPT, the chatbot with artificial intelligence. “Students will never write their own papers again!” or “ChatGPT will replace teachers!” But what if we told you that by embracing this technological tool, you could make your life as a teacher a little easier? And the truth. As with any form of technology, you and your students must learn how to use it correctly. But once you do, AI technology like ChatGPT for Teachers can really work. Read on to learn about the pros and cons of using ChatGPT, as well as our favorite ways teachers use it as a classroom teaching tool.
(Oh, and by the way, this post was not written by ChatGPT. We use it to generate the queries you see in the screenshots, but all text is written by a real person and represents our real opinions. Also, we've come with many more ideas than the bot!)
Don't be afraid of AI like ChatGPT.
First, let's dispel some myths.ChatGPT will not replace teachers.Over the years, people have responded to so many new technologies by saying that they will replace human teachers, and that just hasn't happened. Calculator? We still teach math facts to kids. Google? Children have yet to learn how to find reliable sources, and the vast amount of information available means that teachers are more important than ever.AI chatbots are just the next wave of technology in an ocean that has been advancing for decades.
What about the fear of students using AI like ChatGPT to write all their papers and do their homework? Well, first of all, that makes for a lot of unflattering assumptions, including the belief that all students are out to cheat.Also, there are several ways to make your assignments plagiarism resistant and AI support.
Will some kids still try to use technology to find the easy way out? Clear. But for as long as schools have existed, there have always been some kids who cheat. Despite technological changes over the years, most children still go to great lengths to do their own work. So don't assume that every student in your classroom has suddenly been replaced by an AI chatbot providing the correct answers.
Teach students when it's okay to use ChatGPT... and when it's not.
Don't keep quiet about ChatGPT and hope your students never find out. Approach him head on instead.Discuss the ethics of AI with childrenand listen to your thoughts. Your classroom probably already has a technology policy. (If not, it's time to make one.) Add some rules for AI bots. Help children understand that there are times when it is okay to try and times when it is okay to cheat. For example:
Please DO NOT copy ChatGPT responses and submit as your own.
Make sure children know to copy = CHEAT. Be explicit. Let them know you are aware of the possibilities. YouTeach your students not to plagiarizeand what could be the consequences? Is the same. Clarify.
Ask ChatGPT for clarification on a topic you don't understand.
A textbook, a reading passage, or even a video can only explain things in one way. If students are still confused, they can ask an AI bot to talk about a topic. Instead of searching through multiple web results, they get clear, readable answers that can help them look at the material from a different angle.
DO NOT assume that teachers will never know if you are using ChatGPT.
Teachers know their students' writing styles, and if one changes suddenly, they're likely to notice. Also, there are manyanti-plagiarism toolsare available to teachers. Not to mention that at any time a teacher can go to an AI bot and type a question to see the answer he gives and then check if there are similarities with the student.
Let ChatGPT inspire you to write your own.
Sometimes we are not sure how to say things correctly or how to clarify something. In this case, reviewing other people's texts (including those from an AI bot) can help us generate new ideas. Just emphasize that students cannot copy directly; they should use what they see as inspiration.
DO NOT expect all answers to be correct.
Information is only as good as its primary source. Because this tool comes from many places on the Internet, including those that spread misinformation (intentionally or unintentionally), the response you receive could be wrong. Teach students to check sources, or better yet, ask them to provide attribution for their work.
How can teachers use ChatGPT inside and outside of the classroom?
If you're a fluent typist and have a lot of free time, you may never need to use an AI chatbot, and that's great. But most teachers need a little help from all the tools available. And that is exactly what ChatGPT is: a tool. Here are some ways to use it.
1. Use it as a smarter search engine.
If you just need to know quick facts, Google is great. But for more complex answers and heavy topics, ChatGPT might be a better solution. Instead of sorting through a lot of information on various websites, you can simply read the answer that ChatGPT provides. You can even ask follow up questions. However, it's worth noting that ChatGPT does not provide sources for its responses. If possible, verify your information with primary sources, Google can help you with this.
2. Generate reading passages.
ChatGPT can write a reading passage on any topic you can think of. Also, you can adapt the reaction to the reading level! So instead of searching for hours to find good passages to use with your students, give AI a try.
3. Get quizzes to check understanding.
Of course, teachers can use them for student assignments. But what if you taught children to use this feature themselves? Encourage them to ask ChatGPT review questions on a specific topic, and then ask them to check if they get the correct answers. You can use ChatGPT to check when they're done!
4. Create write requests.
Let ChatGPT start a story and let your students finish it. This is perfect for kids who say they don't know where to start!
5. Teaches vocabulary.
Introduce new words in several different sentences and ask students to come up with the definition. This is a great and interactive way to remind children to use context to understand new words.
6. Write notes to parents.
Some things are hard to put into words, and not everyone is a good writer. These are just facts. An AI generator can help you deal with difficult issues professionally,as teachers in the HELPLINE WeAreTeachers group recently discussed. You can let him write the whole message or just a part. In any case, you save yourself urgently needed time and energy for other things. (But be careful -Some themes really require a personal touch.. So think carefully if this is the right option for your situation.)
7. Give examples.
Do you need examples for use in the classroom? This is such an easy way to generate them! ChatGPT can provide examples on almost any topic.
8. Create math problems.
Do you need new exercises or questions for an exam? ChatGPT can do that.
9. Create basic lesson plans.
A teacher at HELPLINE WeAreTeachers commented: "If you're having a hard time coming up with lesson plan ideas, you can spit one out in about 30 seconds. Not perfect, but good enough in a pinch. Use the ideas from ChatGPT as a starting point, then add your own style, talent, and teaching experience.
10. Find ways to help struggling students.
inPEImiplano 504Of course, it must be adapted to the student, but sometimes it is difficult to find concrete ways to help the student. Ask ChatGPT for examples and select and customize the ones that seem appropriate for your situation.
11. Generate questions for discussions or essays.
No matter how many times you have taught a particular topic, there are likely to be many new questions that you have never asked your students. Plus, this is a great way to help students find a topic for their own open ended essays!
12. Get help with letters of recommendation.
Well, we are definitely not saying that you should copy ChatGPT results word for word. You will no doubt need to customize your maps. We say this tool can help you get started and ensure you're writing a letter that reads well and includes important information. It can help you write professionally and generally make the process much easier.
13. Prepare for difficult conversations.
No teacher expects to tell parents that their child is failing, bullying others, or causing problems in the classroom. You may also need to have tough conversations with students about embarrassing things like body odor or serious issues like bullying or sexual harassment. If you're not sure how to express your thoughts clearly, ask ChatGPT for some ideas so you can rehearse your conversation beforehand.
14. Make lists.
Do you need a list of almost everything? ChatGPT is in fashion!
15. Keep up with the new jargon.
Language is constantly evolving and children are paramount. Find out what the latest slang means and even ask ChatGPT to use it in a sentence.
16. Debate or bot.
One thing that makes ChatGPT different from Google is that you can ask follow-up questions. Use it in your favor! Have students "debate the bot" by going deeper into a topic. This gives them practice in discussing in general and shows how much detail the good answers have to back up their opinions.
17. Create sketches of writing.
An Oregon English teacher shared this idea in a recent article with the New York Times.Have students use AI to outline an essay outline. Then ask them to put away their computers and do the rest of the work themselves. The teacher in the article felt that her students were actually making deeper connections to the text using this method.
18. Ask for changes and wording suggestions.
Here's an interesting activity: Ask the children to write a paragraph on any topic. Then ask ChatGPT for changes and suggestions. Now compare the two and ask the children why the bot made the changes it did. How can you use these tips if you are writing alone?
19. Practice feedback from your peers.
Students may have trouble feeling comfortable giving feedback to their peers. One way to help them is to give them some bot-created essays to practice on. Give them your scoring rubric and ask them to critique an essay that uses them.Learn more about this idea in the Ditch That Textbook.
20. Check your answers.
Students studying for an exam? Ask them to complete the answers to check the questions themselves. Then connect them to ChatGPT to see if they missed anything.