ChatGPT! This is a technology that’s been steadily improving and increasing over the last number of years and has recently taken the education world by storm.

“Reconnecting in schools is essential for student development. By providing opportunities for hands-on learning, outdoor activities, and social interaction, students can strengthen their critical thinking, creativity, and social skills. These experiences can help build a sense of community and foster meaningful connections between students. However, with the emphasis on academics and test scores, traditional opportunities for reconnecting, such as recess and physical education, are being cut back. It is important for schools to incorporate reconnecting opportunities into the school day to ensure a well-rounded education for students.”

As you read the preceding paragraph, what did you think about it? Do you agree with the points made? Is there anything you disagree with? Was the information accurate and relevant? Are we following the advice here at Dalat?

That first paragraph was not actually written by anyone. It was, however, written by something: the artificial intelligence (AI) module ChatGPT. This is a technology that’s been steadily improving and increasing over the last number of years and has recently taken the education world by storm. All I did was go to the site and ask it to “Write an article on the importance of reconnecting in schools.” It gave me a 400-word article, so I replied, “Make it more succinct.” Then it gave me this paragraph.

The information is accurate; we do believe that sports, recess, and extracurricular activities are important in school. Dalat focuses a lot of time and energy on these things. However, as I read through the paragraph, I realize that it’s missing what teachers call “voice,” or the personal touch of the person writing. 

Because AI can write essays, answer questions, do research, and even take tests, it has a lot of implications for education and for the ways we choose to use technology moving forward

If you haven’t tried it out yet, I would encourage you to go to the website and experiment with it for yourself. Ask it anything. Try to have a conversation with it or to have it write a report for something you need at work. Both the teachers and students have been playing with this technology and trying to find its limits.

Whether you’ve heard of ChatGPT or not, your teenagers probably have. I want to encourage you to take some time to talk about it with your kids and to become familiar with this emerging technology. Take some time to talk to your kids about how they’re using AI. Keep reminding them of general online safety rules, like not sharing personal information. Talk about the potential benefits and challenges of the growing AI availability. Most importantly, take the time to actually connect with your kids face-to-face and draw them away from the computer for at least a few minutes.

Written by Shawna Wood

Ms. Shawna Wood is dedicated to mentoring and discipling the next generation. Shawna has a Master of Education and has been at Dalat since 2012, first as Middle School principal and now as Deputy Head of school​.
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