chat gpt going viral on tiktok

Now that ChatGPT has Gone Viral on TikTok

With the viral videos created and inspired by ChatGPT, our students are talking about this tool and the questions are coming. It seems we just can't ignore this tool. Here's why.

Right now, I'm filming senior “memory videos” where they share their favorite memory of being at the school. As one was thinking, he looked at a friend and said, “Quick, generate three ideas of my favorite memory from here.” And as I looked at him, he said, “I'm just obsessed with ChatGPT now.”

As so are many of the creators on Tiktok. From Barry Enderwick of Sandwiches of History, who makes a ChatGPT sandwich every Friday, to the woman who made strange crochet animals invented by the tool.

This is the tool all the kids are talking about. Think fidget spinners, fidget cubes, bottle flipping, the floor is lava kind of obsession. Except this one won't go away.

I've been fielding questions and teaching teachers how to save time. 

As I asked a concerned parent,

“What kinds of things do you get when you search Google?”

And the answer was, “Well, whatever I search for.”

And I said, “Well, the things you get from ChatGPT are the things you prompt.”

Some would like to pretend that ChatGPT doesn't exist and make it to the end of the school year. But you don't have a choice. It is here, and the phone calls are starting. And if they aren't, they will.

Add to that the misinformation of half-truths and perhaps a few half-wits as well as some honestly — poorly written things coming from ChatGPT-like tools that haven't been well edited or vetted, and we have concerns, and understandably so.

So, I'm writing and studying, and sharing. I am working on training teachers and having conversations that need to be had. And in some cases, teachers are changing how they assess writing — as well as they should for a while.

But if you think that you can ignore ChatGPT and the implications for education, it is like those who ignored the Internet, Google, and social media when they came along. And at the same time, many said education was over — but it wasn't. Some great things have happened along with some negatives, and such it will be again.

But right now, teachers can save so much time, and we can improve learning. But we'll have to learn together and learn how to adjust.

And that's something worth chatting about! 

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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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3 comments

Shanita May 5, 2023 - 10:31 pm

I think chatGPT is really cool BUT as someone who is studying to be a teacher, it would really suck to be out of a job because of technology. I know technology can be useful sometimes, but sometime it can just be stressful or scary.

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Vicki Davis July 4, 2023 - 1:03 pm

ChatGPT and AI will not and cannot replace you. However, a teacher using AI will at some point replace a teacher not using AI. AI can be helpful but it is a tool and like any tool, has a place.

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Shanita May 5, 2023 - 10:34 pm

Very cool! Will definitely keep my eye out for chatGPT videos on tiktok now!

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