ChatGPT is one of the world’s most advanced machine learning and language processing models. It can read, understand in context, and respond in a human-like way. Educators are concerned what this means for teaching and learning in the classroom.
But education is about more than just the correct answers or perfect essays; it is acquiring knowledge, skills, values, beliefs and habits. It is the process that matters more than the product. Calculators did not make math redundant, and the internet did not make schools obsolete. AI will create opportunities that were unimaginable a year ago.
Penn GSE offers guidance for classroom teachers to integrate ChatGPT in their classrooms.
Use ChatGPT as a starting point. Have students generate answers on GPT and then work from there. Ask ChatGPT to generate articles on topics at your students' reading level, or ask ChatGPT to suggest activities, or to generate entire lesson plans if provided with the standards and grade level.
Focus on the process instead of the final product. Using tools like Google docs that track the development and evolution of the student product can help ensure that it was not a copy/paste from GPT. And lastly, provide project-based learning scenarios; scenarios anchored in local and authentic contexts help prevent misuse of ChatGPT.