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What is ChatGPT?

ChatGPT can be used by students as a learning tool to enhance their knowledge and understanding of various subjects. The model has been trained on a diverse range of topics, including science, history, mathematics, and literature, among others. This makes it an excellent resource for students who are looking to expand their knowledge or get clarification on a specific topic. Another positive way in which students can use ChatGPT is as a writing assistant. The model can help students improve their writing skills by providing suggestions for sentence structure, grammar, and vocabulary. It can also assist students in generating ideas for essays, research papers, and other written assignments. This can be especially helpful for students who struggle with writing or are looking to improve their writing skills. Lastly, ChatGPT can be used as a source of motivation and inspiration for students. The model can engage students in conversations about their interests, goals, and aspirations. It can provide encouragement and support as students work towards their academic and personal goals. By having a positive and supportive conversation partner, students can feel more confident and motivated in their pursuit of success.

ChatGPT can provide students with instant access to information: Teachers can allow students to use ChatGPT to quickly and easily access information on a variety of subjects. This can save time and effort compared to traditional research methods, and allow students to focus on applying their knowledge to solving problems or completing assignments. ChatGPT can enhance students' writing skills: By using ChatGPT as a writing assistant, students can improve their writing skills through its suggestions for sentence structure, grammar, and vocabulary. This can help students produce more polished and effective written work. ChatGPT can support personalized learning: ChatGPT can be used to provide individualized support to students based on their learning needs and interests. For example, students can use the model to ask questions, practice problem-solving, or engage in interactive conversations on subjects they are passionate about. This can help create a more engaging and personalized learning experience for students.

*The above passage was written with ChatGPT*

ChatGPT is a new tech tool that quickly uses artificial intelligence to create human-like responses to text inputs. This is a current hot topic due to the fact that students have the ability to complete an original document for writing assignments in a matter of seconds. Many are calling for ChatGPT to not be used in school while many others are defending ChatGPT. If we look at what ChatGPT and other chatbots are, it may help determine whether or not students are allowed to use it in your classroom. ChatGPT and other chatbots are AI that quickly submit responses to text input, similar to how calculators are used to quickly do complex calculations instead of by hand. The risk of this with writing assignments, however, is a lack of creativity and original thought. There is no learning taking place, which in a writing assignment may or may not be a concern. In order to get a valid response, the student would need to have an understanding of the material enough to enter an appropriate text prompt, would need to proofread it, and analyze it to ensure that it is an appropriate response. Should we embrace this new technology, try to put limits on it, or ban it outright? It may depend on the assignment, the output expectation of students, and the class.

Read more about this topic on Matt Miller's blog here. Curious how other teachers are using ChatGPT in the classroom?? Check out their ideas here.

May the tech be with you,

Josh Houtchens

Science and PE Teacher

Blaker Kinser Junior High

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