October 1, 2023

Key points:

  • As AI tools like ChatGPT grow in popularity, there’s no avoiding them in the classroom
  • Using AI to teach students about AI helps students approach it with the respect it deserves and emphasizes its use as a learning tool
  • See related article: Debunking common myths about AI in education

If you’ve spent any time tinkering with AI like I have, you’ve discovered what a powerful and versatile tool it can be for teachers in the classroom. Sometimes, it almost feels like AI gives us superpowers. Simply by using a collection of prompts, I can direct AI to write, draw, code, and perform any number of difficult tasks in ways I otherwise couldn’t. The only limit is your imagination!

This brings up some pressing questions, though, and as with any new technology, it will take time before we reach definitive answers. In the meantime, however, finding positive ways of integrating AI into education can give us a better understanding of its full potential, and maybe point us in the right direction for its future use. Here are just 5 ways AI can help teachers in classroom:

1. Lesson plans: Lesson planning has always included tons of busywork. Use ChatGPT so you can focus on content and pedagogy. A few tips: Customize it using adjectives like “fun” or “meaningful,” specify what format you’d like (for instance, the 5 Es), and ask it to generate multiple different versions of the same lesson plan so you can choose the one you like best. You’ll get polished plans in a snap!

2. Overcome blocks: Stuck on a thorny teaching challenge? Use ChatGPT like a trusted colleague and brainstorm solutions together. For instance, ask it how to engage a student who is checking out, or how to help a student who doesn’t understand a particular concept. Ask it for multiple ideas so you can choose the one you like best!

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