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Jaw-Dropping - ChatGPT 

Generative Pre-trained Transformer

For educators, ChatGPT can produce curriculum, topic notes, test questions and answers, programs, lesson outlines etc.

The software uses deep learning algorithms to analyse and generate text, it has been trained on billions of words of text, from books, articles and the Internet.
It can sometimes produce amazing results with flawless grammar and correct spelling.
It can also provide the wrong answer, extremely confidently.

ChatGPT’s responses are based on words of text, from books, articles and the Internet.
This is largely a pool of opinions, observations and unchecked information that differ in quality,
purpose and bias and can basically be posted by anyone.
It is certainly not infallible.

ChatGPT does not base responses on double-blind scientific research, that’s for sure.
No facts necessarily get in the way of a polished well written essay with ChatGPT.

Hoaxes and fakedom abound in Academia with many papers published using fashionable jargon and drawing ridiculous conclusions. Much like ChatGPT can.

“The Emperor’s New Clothes” is not a new phenomenon.

NEW YORK CITY SCHOOLS, the largest school department in the US,
has blocked student and teacher access to ChatGPT on its devices and networks.


UNLESS our aim is to make our students into patsies,
who do not have the critical thinking skills to tell the difference between what is true
and an authoritatively written load of rubbish.

ChatGPT will redefine how we evaluate student work and indeed, how we will work ourselves as educators.
Students must learn how to evaluate and use this tool.

ChatGPT makes it more important to develop students' critical thinking skills,
so they can discern the truth, and develop their research skills so they can evaluate the credibility of sources and understand bias,
so they can prove or disprove ideas and develop their own informed options.
Student media literacy, conversation,
debates and verbal communication will become a more important part of any assessment strategy.

This is a much better plan, and it's about time.
For too long we have been relying on tests(written or digital)
that do not show the full extent of what students know.

The wonderful story of Niels Bohr, is interesting to ponder.

ChatGPT provides a splendid starting point, for students,
but needs to be subject to the rigours of evidence, facts, critical thinking and cross-referencing.
I used to spend hours in the library, researching online, gaining a general understanding of an area of study.
Now, this is available in about 3 seconds from ChatGPT.
A starting point for further study, a jump start on learning if you like, and a modelling tool for writing,
but definitely not a reliable, infallible resource.

In a World where JPMorgan can be duped out of millions of dollars by rampant fakery and misrepresentation by Frank,
a college loan start-up.
It becomes more important to verify any information provided by the ChatGPT model.
This is where the learning starts .......



ChatGPT prompts to try ...

1. Create a list of classroom rules and explain the consequences of breaking them.

2. Create a lesson
outline with learning intentions, creative activities, and success criteria for a lesson on Magnetism.

3. Create an exit quiz (Check out the results) to test student knowledge in Year 6 of the gold rush particularly centring on the events in Ballarat.
•Q2 Create an exit quiz to test student knowledge in Y6 of the goldrush, particularly centring on the events in Ballarat with 5 questions requiring written answers.
•Q3 Provide answers
•Q4 Write 2 questions requiring students to infer the causes and consequences for Australia of the Eureka Stockade
•Q5 Provide Answers

4. How could you use your prior knowledge and skills to tackle a new challenge? What strategies would you use to overcome any obstacles?

5. Create a 10-question quiz for multiplication tables 2 – 12.
    •Q2 Provide the answers.

6. Write a 20-line poem in the style of Roald Dahl about dinosaurs.

7. What is the difference between volume and capacity? Provide an explanation that a 5-year-old would understand.

8. Provide a program for a unit of work on the water cycle (Check out the results) for grade 2 using outcomes from the NSW Syllabus.
    •Q2 – Provide an exit quiz to test their knowledge.
    •Q3 Provide answers

9. I'm trying to improve my understanding of the connections Australia has with South East Asia. Develop a creative choose-your-own-adventure story and keep asking me to choose an option before moving on to the next part of the story.” It will immerse me in a story while giving me choice. It will use my prior knowledge and extend my understanding, the activity will produce different stories, depending on the decisions I make and the outcomes for each decision in relation to the topic.

10. Create a list of 10 teaching strategies that could be used to engage and challenge students of different ability levels in a lesson on fractions.

At certain times in history,
a new technology adjusts
profoundly our worldview.

The Printing Press did it,
the Light Bulb did it,
the Telephone did it,
TV did it,

Personal Computers did it,
the WWW did it,
Google did it,
the iPhone did it.

Open AI with ChatGPT is doing it now.

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