8 Ways AI & Chat GPT will affect school education

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Artificial intelligence is set to shake up the way children are educted and their homework. We look at this and also get some input from ChatGPT itself!

8 ways AI & Chat GPT will affect school education

If you have a child at school, you may wonder how new technologies will affect their education. In particular, you might have heard about artificial intelligence (AI) and ChatGPT. These are technologies which are used more and more at the moment. They will likely greatly impact how teachers teach. They will also change how students learn.

This blog will examine AI and ChatGPT in more detail. The focus will be how these technologies might affect your child’s learning. We will also look into the technology’s positives and some drawbacks. We will also give ChatGPT a chance to answer too!

What is ChatGPT?

Teachers around the world have started to use ChatGPT. It was created by company OpenAI and released in November 2022. ChatGPT is a language model which uses artificial intelligence. It allows users to have human-like conversations with chatbots.  

This technology can answer questions and help with writing emails. It can also help with writing and researching essays and writing code. It helps to find errors in work and remove them. The types of assistance it can give are being explored further.

ChatGPT had more than one million users within the first five days of release. This made it the fastest growing app ever.

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How will AI & ChatGPT affect school education?

The impact of artificial intelligence and ChatGPT is likely to be big. It will affect teachers and students in different ways.

Read on to discover 8 ways artificial intelligence and ChatGPT will affect school education.

How will these technologies affect teachers?

1. Offer an additional resource

As a parent you are probably aware that teachers are stretched thin. ChatGPT offers them an extra resource. This can be used in a similar way to Google, but it could be even more useful.

For example, imagine a teacher is giving a lesson on the history of World War II. Google would give thousands of results to a very simple question, such as when the war started. However, with ChatGPT, they will be given a more precise and straightforward answer. This will result in better use of time in the classroom. This is a basic example, the abilities of ChatGPT are much wider.

2. Help with grammar and writing

Today students are more used to writing. They write texts and post on social media. This is of course a good thing. However, it can be tricky for teachers to teach correct grammar and writing skills. The style of writing in a classroom is very different to posts online. Students may have picked up bad habits which are harder to correct.

ChatGPT can effectively help students with these aspects of learning, providing real-time feedback to help them improve these skills.

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3. Automate grading

Teachers spend a lot of time grading students’ work. This time could be better spent planning lessons. It also would be better to provide one-on-one help to the students who need it.

ChatGPT can aid this time consuming task for teachers, speeding up the process. This will allow teaches to focus time and energy on their students. This could improve the overall learning experience.

4. Create assessments

Creating assessments is also time consuming for teachers. Many struggle to find time to create new ones often. Artificial intelligence can create assessments tailored to individual classes’ needs, perhaps even groups within the class. These can then focus on the parts that student’s need most practice with. This task may take some trial and error to get right. However, once teachers use this tool, they will soon start to see the benefits.

Teachers can also use AI to create lesson plans which will remove some of the admin from the job. They should also be able to create extra content on topics which textbooks might not cover in enough detail, but the students are interested in

How will these technologies affect students?

5. Help with homework

Students often need help with homework. With ChatGPT they can quickly get the answers they need. Students have been doing this already on the internet and with phone apps such as Siri, however, there is no longer a need to pour through search results. The challenge is for an aid not to become the answer, or rather, it means the nature of homework will change.

As mentioned earlier, advanced ChatGPT can even help improve their writing skills. It can give feedback on grammar, structure, and content which is tailored to each student. This is given in real-time, so they can learn as they go. This is better than waiting for feedback which might be hard to reapply to a different assessment.

6. A resource for research

ChatGPT is acting as an intelligent source of information. It has access to many different resources, with the database being 300 billion words and trained on 100 trillion parameters. So, if students need a research source for their work, they can easily find one using this new technology.

7. Cater to individual needs

ChatGPT can cater to each student’s needs. This makes it an effective tool for children with SEND or those who need a boost in certain areas. Practical artificial intelligence in a classroom can also provide a more hands-on approach. It will provide simulations and real-time examples demonstrating what they are learning about.

8. Offer valuable feedback

ChatGPT is equipped with data analysis. It can provide valuable feedback to students. In fact, a student could copy and paste an entire essay into ChatGPT and get fast and accurate feedback in a matter of minutes.

Are there any downsides to ChatGPT?

As with anything, there are a few drawbacks to artificial intelligence and ChatGPT for learning. The biggest is the technology can’t be completely accurate. Its knowledge comes from the Internet. It also cannot judge true or false. So it can take anything online as a true fact. This means that it will never be 100% accurate or reliable.

It also can struggle to understand context, however, this is improving as its training data improves.

Finally, ChatGPT can provide students with all the information they need in seconds. This could harm student critical thinking skills and is also a challenge to the current provision of homework to consolidate learning. The schooling models which rely on a regurgitation of facts are also under threat, although many would not necessarily see this as a downside.

What is the future of AI in education?

Artificial intelligence and ChatGPT could change the way students learn and how teachers teach. They provide fast access to information and feedback. They can also be used to personalise learning and aid accessibility to teachers.

However, a human teacher can offer a level of empathy and connection which technology can’t. Using these tools might also lead to over-reliance on technology. This might harm learning overall.

It is clear that these new technologies are not going away anytime soon. Teachers and students should use them as valuable tools. They should not be thought of as a replacement for human teaching.

What does ChatGPT have to say about this?

We also asked ChatGPT ‘what are 8 Ways AI & ChatGPT will affect school education?‘ and received the below. Do you think it is helpful?

Artificial intelligence (AI) and chat-based models like ChatGPT have the potential to significantly impact school education in various ways. Here are eight ways in which AI and ChatGPT can affect education:

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  1. Personalised Learning: AI can analyse student data and provide personalised learning experiences tailored to individual students’ needs. ChatGPT can offer adaptive tutoring, assess students’ understanding, and provide real-time feedback.
  2. Virtual Assistants: AI-powered virtual assistants can assist students and teachers by answering questions, providing guidance, and offering support outside of the classroom. ChatGPT can act as a virtual tutor, helping students with homework or clarifying concepts.
  3. Intelligent Content Creation: AI algorithms can generate educational content such as quizzes, study guides, and lesson plans. ChatGPT can assist teachers in creating engaging and interactive learning materials.
  4. Language Learning Support: AI chatbots can help students practice and improve their language skills. ChatGPT can engage in conversations, provide language corrections, and offer language-learning resources.
  5. Accessibility and Inclusion: AI can enhance accessibility in education by providing support for students with disabilities. ChatGPT can assist students with visual or hearing impairments, providing text-based explanations and instructions.
  6. Data Analysis and Predictive Analytics: AI can analyse large volumes of educational data to identify patterns, predict student performance, and suggest interventions. ChatGPT can help educators make data-informed decisions to improve teaching strategies and student outcomes.
  7. Virtual Classrooms and Remote Learning: AI-powered virtual classrooms can facilitate remote learning experiences. ChatGPT can interact with students in virtual classrooms, conduct discussions, and provide instructional support.
  8. Teacher Professional Development: AI can support teachers’ professional development by offering personalised training, suggesting instructional strategies, and providing access to a vast repository of educational resources. ChatGPT can act as a virtual mentor for teachers, offering guidance and expertise.

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