Has ChatGPT become a teacher’s nightmare? This is the question we were asking ourselves recently, as this AI has pushed some students to cheat in their homework. But this language model is not limited to this aspect, it should enormously change the teaching profession.
The school revolutionized by ChatGPT?
How ? By saving their working time on certain tasks such as answering e-mails or answering certain basic questions from students. Some American teachers are also convinced that, with certain improvements, tools like ChatGPT could provide concrete feedback to certain students and identify the subjects on which they could progress.
It would also be able to respond to the complaints of certain parents. Teachers could then refocus on the mission that has always been theirs: to transmit teaching to students that may be useful to them later.
Lesson 1: pic.twitter.com/SnklBoGhkd
—Stephen Lockyer (@mrlockyer) December 31, 2022
But the impact of AI will not stop there. Stephen Lockyer, a British professor, demonstrated this in a Twitter thread. ChatGPT and DALL-E type AIs are incredible tools for preparing a lesson.
ChatGPT notably helped him design lesson plans devoted to teaching about volcanoes. If the proposal for this tool is still debatable, the AI only took a minute to design it, while a teaching would have taken several hours. He also used the OpenAI system to prepare questions and test his students’ understanding of a specific subject.
He also relied on DALL-E for a History lesson. He made six modern robot portraits of the six wives of King Henry VIII, the opportunity to better capture the attention of students, and to make his lesson more dynamic.
A new weapon against cheating
Of course, the future is not written, and these tools will soon pay off. It therefore remains to be seen whether the National Education will agree to pay to use them. As for cheating on homework, OpenAI is already working on a system to better spot plagiarism.
The idea is to add “a secret and imperceptible signal” to his texts which shows that they were written by a machine and not by humans. This clue (or watermark) will not be noticeable to the general public, but anyone with the cryptographic key will be able to spot it. Some, however, doubt the effectiveness of such a measure, and believe that it could be easily circumvented.
I am a journalist with over 6 years of experience working in the news industry. I currently work as an author for Global Happenings, and my coverage focuses on Technology news. I have written for various publications, including Reuters, The New York Times and The Guardian.
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