In the education sector, there’s this new thing happening. Artificial intelligence is making its way into classrooms all over the place, with tools like ChatGPT and Bard getting high marks. These bad boys are used for tasks such as lesson planning, making quizzes, and sending emails/letters.
So basically, teachers are strapped for time, right? They’ve got a lot on their plate. But these AI tools help out by taking care of the grunt work of planning a lesson, so the teacher can then take that plan and tailor it specifically for their students. It’s like the AI does the heavy lifting, and then the teacher comes in and finesse’s it for their unique bunch of kids.
Some folks think that using AI like this is going to make teachers less skilled. But that ain’t the case. See, you gotta take whatever the AI spits out and analyze it with a critical eye. Does it work for your specific group of students? Do the teaching strategies match the goals of the lesson? Does it align with the requirements of the curriculum? These are all questions that need to be answered by the teacher using their expertise.
So, here’s an example for you. Picture this, I had ChatGPT whip up a lesson plan for a chemistry teacher in Scotland. They had to teach a specific part of the curriculum, and it had to be a 50-minute lesson. You know, ChatGPT put together a solid base for that lesson, but then it needed some tweaking based on the specifics of the Scottish curriculum. The terminology and practical suggestions needed to be addressed, you know what I’m sayin’?
And to keep these AI tools in check, there are five ways to work with ’em. You can get the AI to role-play as who you want them to be, get specific, don’t settle for the first plan, review and edit, and experiment. There’s even a robot! Let me tell you, this AI wrote a response to a question and got it wrong! But, the cool part is that they corrected themselves when I challenged them.
Now, we’re not trying to make student teachers obsolete here. It’s all about using these AI tools to build up their lesson planning skills. At Edinburgh Napier University, we’re incorporating AI tools into the curriculum, and it’s beneficial all around. The bottom line is, good teachers are always going to be using AI critically, and adapting the output for their students.