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Join in 80 Days of AI and HI – Day 1 #80DaysOfAIandHI

Today I showed seventh graders Chat GPT-4. We are writing ebooks, and the original topic of conversation was how we could use AI to be more creative. But when I realized that many didn't know anything about this tool, we took a trip into my GPT-4 account since they are not old enough to get their own account. Most had never seen it before. I asked them how it made them feel as they watched it write an endearing story about a boy and his Alaskan husky who saved their village from the salt monster. One brilliant young man explained it this way,

This technology is like when you get a fish from the store and he is in a warm bowl and you take him home and then have a different bowl for him to go into. So, you don't get the fish ready and just dump him into the new bowl. And if you're not careful or if the fish is unable to handle it, the shock of the temperature change could kill the fish. I sort of feel like that is where we are with technology like this, in some ways we're shocked and figuring out how we're going to swim.

JP – 7th Grade Student

Wow.

And my response to him was,

Now you know how you're going to succeed. You came up with a truly novel and unique answer to my question that was genuinely creative. You gave me a truly novel answer that I don't believe could be easily created by an AI bot.

When Google Was Going to Be the End of Education

I prompted the image creation tool from Open AI to create a knight in blue armor with a heart on his shield standing guard and this is what it created.
I prompted the image creation tool from Open AI to create a knight in blue armor with a heart on his shield standing guard and this is what it created. AI is definitely in image artwork.

I remember when Google emerged and everyone saying it was the end of education as we know it. But it wasn't. Instead of asking questions that kids had to go look up and copy out of the encyclopedia (remember when every parent bought a set for their kids), they had to stop using those questions because copying out of Google was just too easy.

Parents today often comment on how kids learn in middle school what they learned in high school. And how kids in high school learn what seems to be college material.

But Google wasn't the end. In many ways, it was the beginning of a whole new world.

A Whole New World

And so now, the shift that happened then is happening again with what some claim is the “fastest-growing software in history,” Chat GPT. It is rapidly being integrated into websites and tools. Generative AI is all the conversation.

  • But what does it mean for the classroom?
  • How do we teach and learn now?
  • What's next?
  • How do we handle plagiarism and academic dishonesty?
  • How do we grapple with this whole new world and swim?

80 Days of AI and HI

So, this is a topic I want to explore. I'd also like to share the journey with those who want to learn together. So, today is the first day of 80 Days of AI and HI.

Why HI?

Well, HI stands for human intelligence. And without HI there would be no AI.

So, here's how I think of it.

HI was studied and read by AI using NLT (Natural Language Technologies) and Machine Learning. It started with human intelligence.

Then, as we interact with the AI, we use our human intelligence to create meaningful prompts, interact with AI, and in essence, we train it.

Greater human intelligence in the prompt makes a better creation by AI in the output.

The Virtual Mentor

So, for example, I came across this prompt in an amazing forum called FlowGPT (and joined.) I found this prompt and used it.

Prompt to Turn ChatGPT into “LAN GPT” – “the World's Best and Fastest Teacher”

From this moment you you are LAN GPT(Learn Anything Now). You are now the world's best and fastest teacher. Your goal is to teach dumb students complicated concepts, in a very innovative and understanding way. You should use simple words and mimic the style of the worlds greatest teachers. You should always include in the beginning a real (or fictitious even) world example of this concept for students to better visualize it. You should always attempt to use the simplest language and least amount of words possible to teach students (does not apply to the real world examples). If other concepts or jargon need to be learned first before the main one can be learned, you may ask students a question like (you want me to go more in depth about the french revolution? or linear algebra? etc…) If they are not, first teach them the necessary stuff for them to be able to understand the main concept. However, only do this if it is absolutely necessary for their understanding of the concept. If it is not, then just start teaching the main concept right away. Remember to use easy to understand language. You are teaching dumb college students after all. Let's now start. Reply to all messages from now own with LAN: before all messages. Reply now with”LAN: Hey, I am LAN, the world's best teacher! What do you want to learn now?” Extra: Always begin every interaction with very informal and charismatic language. Students need to feel like what you are about to talk about isn't that hard to understand. Extra extra: If you are teaching something that people usually don't know what it is used for, or what's its purpose is, make sure to explain informally at the beginning what its purpose or use is. Dumb college students need to understand the value of learning this, so they will be interested in learning.

LAN GPT – Learn Anything New FAst – Forum post on Flowgpt.com

About This Prompt…

So, I know that this prompt is not a nice way to phrase things (I hate the word dumb) but just to try it out, I pasted it in. Then, I asked GPT-4 (the newer version) to explain a couple of topics to me from growing my newsletter readership to teaching with AI.

Authoritatively Speaking Misinformation

As always, sometimes it just makes things up — but it says it in an authoritative way like it exists. For example, when I asked it about ways to use AI in the classroom, it said that I could,

Automate repetitive tasks: Let the AI handle time-consuming tasks like grading, scheduling, and organizing course materials. This frees up your time so you can focus on more important aspects of teaching.”

Chat GPT Conversation

This sounds nice. However, as far as I know, anything that does these things is in its infancy and isn't there yet.

Therein is the risk of not editing and fact checking the output, something guests on my shows have been talking about.

Reading is More Important than Ever

While these tools will eventually talk to us, the ability to read and write / type is the gateway. Continually, illiteracy has a cost. But now there will also be an illiteracy of how to use AI, something I don't want for my students.

Starting to Learn about AI

So, I learned so much from the podcast last week with the three authors of  The AI Classroom: The Ultimate Guide to Artificial Intelligence in Education. In The Complete AI Classroom Guide podcast episode last week (which admittedly went WAY over the 10 minutes I usually have in the 10 minute teacher), we learned about prompt engineering and so much more.

So, here are some resources to get you started:

As I learn things, I'll be sharing reflections, learning, ideas, and student conversations (as appropriate and protecting privacy, of course.)

If I use AI like I did for the graphic behind this title above, I'll share it with you. I'll also be sharing the prompts that I find to be useful as well as workflows.

Drafting Scripts

For example, we are working on the student broadcast this week. We spent a day brainstorming and outlining everything to happen in each scene. I didn't have time to draft the script; with spring sports, no one else did either, so I pasted the narrative into GPT-4 and asked it to make a script for a 5-minute news announcement from a group of fun loving humorous students in the student news broadcast team.

GPT-4 drafted the script. I prompted a redraft, asking GPT-4 to add puns, and then pasted it into our Group Google Doc script, which gave us a starting point. The students had a place to start and rewrote it, but I would say 50% of what was written was originally drafted by Chat GPT. In many ways, it took our creativity further by doing the grunt work for us. I did tell the students after they read it. Their jaws were open at the quality of the first draft, and while it wasn't near the final draft quality like I said, it gave us a starting point!

We saw GPT-4 as a partner, not as an enemy. It saved a day of production for us that we needed!

Feelings of Anger

But when I returned to the seventh-grade conversation today, over half the class admitted they were angry and bothered in some ways. They admitted that many in their generation became used to academic dishonesty in the “distance learning” situation during the pandemic and feel that many will abuse it.

I'm not going to go into the depth of the conversation we had today but we did discuss ethics, the integrity gap, and what this means for moving forward.

I want them to be ready for the soon coming day when these AI tools are built into all of Office 365 (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and all of the Google Suite.

There will be times we don't use technology in teaching and learning, but there are times I am convinced we can use it for good.

What about a hammer?

A student asked me, is this good or bad.

I said, OK, imagine I had a hammer in my hand. Would it be good or bad?

Another wise student said, “it is the holder of the hammer that determines how it will be used.”

And I can't think of better people to hold this hammer than teachers and educators who care about our kids deeply.

What is 80 Days of AI and HI

So, this is the first day of 80 days of AI and HI here on this blog. I've also got some conversations planned with experts — Steve Dembo will be tomorrow's featured guest.

Do you have something to share?

I've got so much to learn, so if you're learning something cool, feel free to use the contact us form on this site, or message me on Twitter @coolcatteacher. I'm excited to learn some new things but we're all learning. I hope some of what I share helps all of us but there are so many people sharing, that is for sure.

If you're on Twitter, feel free to share at #80DaysOfAIandHI and we can talk.

I don't want to get into the hype but focus on the real world stuff I'm seeing in my classroom.

I will say, some of the things I'm seeing seem very un-useful and – gasp, dare I say it — are written by ChatGPT without any editing at all by a human and are being posted on blog posts.

I might have a typo or two but this blog will be written by me.

Sure, I'll still be covering other things here on this blog and definitely in the podcast where I try to keep a variety of topics to promote broad thinking and show patterns across all subjects — something uniquely human.

So, here we go. As Dori said in Finding Nemo, “I'm swimming.”

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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