By Sandy Bansal- Vice Principal at Amerikanska Gymnasiet and Head of Digital Strategy at LYIS.
Leading Your International School (LYIS) not only prepares the leaders with the practical aspects of leading a school, but we are also focused and aware of all the happenings in the digital society. We leave much of the tech responsibility to the one who is in charge of the hardware or software in the school and as a leader, you may only get involved when it is too late. In this blog, we will discuss some of the current happenings in the tech world in the education world itself.
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A Tech Blog For School Leaders 1:
The tech industry is constantly evolving, and every day there are new advancements and breakthroughs. The most spoken and written about is the AI GPT chat.
AI GPT (Generative Pre-trained Transformer) the new buzzword in the tech industry, is a language model developed by Open AI, a leading artificial intelligence research lab. The AI GPT model is based on the Transformer architecture, which allows it to generate natural language responses to input text. It is a generative model, which means it can create new, original text rather than just producing pre-written responses. The AI GPT model has been used in a variety of applications, such as chatbots, language translation, and content generation.
There has been much talk about how we use this tool in education. It can be both beneficial and a hindrance to education. Technology continues to evolve in education, and we should not dismiss it. We should start using the benefits of it and include it as part of our lesson planning. AI GPT can be used:
To generate prompts and exercises for language learners to practise reading, writing, and speaking in a new language. For example, it can generate prompts for writing essays or short stories, and provide feedback on grammar, vocabulary, and coherence.
To provide feedback on student writing, particularly for tasks that require natural language responses. For example, it can be used to provide feedback on essays or short answer responses, highlighting areas for improvement such as sentence structure, coherence, and relevance.
To personalise learning by generating content that is tailored to individual students’ needs and interests. For example, it can generate reading materials or videos that match a student’s reading level or learning style.
To develop curriculum materials, such as textbooks or online courses. It can generate content based on a specific topic or theme, ensuring that the content is up-to-date and relevant.
Investigate a topic and to help students start a prompt and then use this as a guideline to help them research and find information for a given topic in any subject.
To help plan a lesson by generating ideas and to structure a lesson using less time to create something new. A useful way to help teachers who are sick for the day. They can help to create resources for the lessons such as a quiz, or gap filling exercise.
Although these are just a few ideas, there are many others. Your students need to be taught how to use this tool and read around it. Just like any other tech tool, AI GPT should not be taken as being 100% accurate, hence both teachers and students should not solely rely on this, and in turn continue to develop their own critical-thinking.
There are concerns for the use of data. The software makes it explicitly clear that all data is collected and reused. You should avoid name dropping into its database. Italy has set a precedent and already banned the use of AI GPT.
To use it correctly, training and support may be needed to help your teachers. As there are early signs that AI GPT may be able to help students with difficulties, consider it as a future tool for helping students with additional needs. .
Overall, AI GPT has the potential to transform how we teach and learn by providing personalised and contextually relevant content and feedback.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) have accepted the use of AI GPT and recently published guidance on how to cite the tool. From this APA have provided examples on how we could reference AI GPT in texts. However, it is important to note that AI GPT should be used in conjunction with human teachers and instructors, as they can provide additional guidance and support that AI cannot provide.
A teachers guide to sing ChatGTP