ChatGPT in Educational and Creative Contexts

Tyson Kendon has thoughts about ChatGPT and how its generated answers can be used in education:

I think the real wake up call here, is to create learning experiences that are relevant to the real students in the room with you right now. Build trust with them and show that you trust them. Let them participate in defining what they need to learn and how they’re going to evaluate what they’ve learned. You’ll have to support them in that process, navigating their own learning and the things they can learn, but if they’re doing the work they want to do then they’re not thinking about how they can get around the system.

The understandable worries about ChatGPT in education are an echo of the warnings I heard when I was in school and the web was growing. We were always taught not to trust anything we read on the internet because anyone could have written it, but that rule of thumb became untenable with more mainstream publishers on theweb. Recognizing how underpaid and overworked teachers are, I wish the focus was more often on media literacy instead of its medium. After all, books can be terrible and the web can be amazing.

Kendon’s article is an inspired look from an educator at how to work within this new paradigm instead of against it. The examples can elicit discussion and, perhaps, help students understand what is happening under the surface instead of trusting the too-convincing output.

(Via D’Arcy Norman.)