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Some educators are nervous about students using artificial intelligence to cheat on assignments, but tools like ChatGPT can enhance learning.

5 ways educators can leverage ChatGPT

Some educators are nervous about students using artificial intelligence to cheat on assignments, but these tools can enhance teaching and learning

Artificial intelligence is currently walking itself through the hallways of our schools and some teachers may not be leveraging this tool to enhance their teaching methods. Instead, many educators and learning institutions are nervous about the student use of artificial intelligence to pass assignments and assessments. Here are five tips for educators to enhance their learning methods and help students grow. 

  1. Create rubrics for all assessments with ease.

ChatGPT, one of the most well known artificial intelligence tools, can curate useful tables of resources for educators to minimize the need to search for information. One way educators can harness this optimization is by asking the software to produce a baseline rubric, with the teachers’ needed areas of assessment, for the educator to review. Type these prompts into the chat feature for a preview of the power ChatGPT can provide: 

  • Create a table of educational grants, with links, for classroom supplies. 
  • Create a presentation rubric, with 1 thru 4 scale, for organization, content, delivery, and creativity.
  1. Spark a new idea.

Artificial intelligence can help teachers spark a new idea by making suggestions for ways to engage students. Teachers plug in their lesson needs and artificial intelligence can help spark some ideas. These ideas do not replace the teacher, rather, they help set educators on the path of lesson creation with an added spark. Try these prompts in ChatGPT for yourself: 

  • Create a lesson for My Side of the Mountain that includes art.
  • Design a lesson for subtracting three-digit numbers that involves regrouping.
  • Create a lesson that increases a student’s reading fluency at a second grade reading level.
  1. Help with learning targets or “I Can Statements.”

Creating learning targets or “I Can Statements” can be a daunting task, especially when a particular content area can have over 40 standards per academic year. Educators can ask ChatGPT to create a table of their specific state standards and corresponding suggested learning targets. This list still needs to be looked at by educators before agreeing to using them in the classroom, but the time ChatGPT saves is very valuable to PLC’s and schools. Here are a couple of example prompts for you to modify to your specific standards to enter into ChatGPT:

  • Write a table of your state’s 6th grade social studies standards and “I Can Statements” sorted by standard number.
  • Create a table of vertically aligned SD mathematics standards from Kindergarten to 3rd grade.
  1. Professional development

Using ChatGPT can help point educators in the direction of latest information regarding the desired professional development topics. From exploring blended learning resources to learning how to incorporate coding into a classroom, educators are only limited by their desire to learn. Asking ChatGPT to highlight areas of interest is a new way for educators to explore options they might have missed otherwise. Some areas of exploration might include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • What tools help promote personalized learning in a 1st grade classroom? 
  • How can educators gamify reading assignments in a high school setting? 
  1. Research

Exploring the researching capabilities of ChatGPT can highlight areas of interest for educators as they develop lessons, advance the field of education, and even help educators with their relationship to their current employer. Below are some areas of research to get you started:

  • Create a table of median teacher salaries by state, sorted from highest to lowest.
  • Generate a timeline of important events of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life. 
  • What is the history of <insert your school district here>?

As artificial intelligence walks our school halls, I would recommend educators start learning how to utilize artificial intelligence tools like ChatGPT. We know our students will use it, so why shouldn’t educators also learn to use these tools for the positive advancement of education? 

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