Everybody and their mama has a ChatGPT post (and here’s mine!)

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I’m sure you have probably heard of ChatGPT by now, so I will spare you the explanation. If you haven’t, then Google it and thank me later. Everybody seems to be talking about it, whether they are nervous about how it will change education, or excited because they’ve figured out how to use it for their own nefarious purposes (muhahahahaha). I fall into the latter category.

To be honest, I’m not excited that it exists, but I am excited about how good it is! Stuff like this has been around for years. I first heard about it back in 2015, when I stumbled across an article about AI-written blogs and shared it with my high school technology classes. I played with it a little, and wrote about it in Closing the Gap higher education edition, which I co-wrote with my friends Nicol Howard and Regina Schaffer in 2017–18. (This book is actually my favorite of the series.)

I don’t remember what did or did not make it to the final cut, but I have copied and pasted a subheading here from the first draft:

It may seem like something out of a movie, but artificial intelligence is here, and making waves in the field of education. Possibly one of the most interesting examples to date was that of Jill Watson, as mentioned in the anecdote above. Who would have thought that a bot could be a TA at a major university? Who would have ever imagined that, thanks to AI, we could now even automate blog posts? And, who would have guessed that the following paragraph could be written by an AI tool, for free, online in minutes (ai-writer.com):

How do you even cite that? Granted, we did some basic editing, such as adding the in-text citations, although the website provided us with footnotes. Additionally, we edited the sequencing of the text and the AI piecemealed the text verbatim from the sources, but if we knew absolutely nothing about AI in education, we could have a solid foundation for our research, all thanks to typing in the keywords “artificial intelligence” edtech “professional development”. The software did all of the research (for the preceding paragraph, not for the entire book).

Yet another site, Articoolo, provided an even longer article, with tools for checking grammar, style, repetition, and structure. After some revision, the final output read:

Although Articoolo did not provide a reference list, other services allow the user to customize the results in styles such as APA and MLA. What are the implications for teaching and learning? Even more relevant to this section, what are the implications for professional development? Avery (2017) sums it up nicely by stating that, “AI can fill the gaps in subject areas in which a teacher doesn’t have a particular expertise or help train teachers when there is a skill shortage in the job market, too.” Again, with teachers as lifelong learners, AI and big data tools can help to personalize our own professional learning through analytics. LaPierre (2018) explains,

Since ChatGPT came out, I have used it to write the first and last chapters, as well as the blurb, for EduMatch Snapshot in Education 2022 (will be released in a week and I’ll link the free PDF here when it does). I have also had it help me beef up a book I am writing on podcasting.

This is all very cool. Yesterday, the idea struck me that AI may one day become advanced enough so that it doesn’t need user input. Perhaps one day, AI may decide to start self-publishing books, integrating with services such as Amazon KDP, or perhaps even creating a service of its own. Also, with the rise of AI art (Dall-E) and AI music, there’s nothing to say that AI movies are out of the question one day.

I’m definitely not an expert on anything I’m about to say next…these are just random ideas from a random person. I’ve been reading the [Science] for Babies series with Little One, and have learned a few things, for example, about what quantum computing means. Soooooooo…if and when AI takes the initiative to start creating things (and has the power to do this), what’s to say it won’t create every book, movie, song, etc. that could possibly exist? I don’t necessarily mean this as a negative. This feels kinda multiverse-y, lol. I also wonder what implications this could have on the metaverse.

I’m going to stop here, but this is all very interesting to think about. Thank you for reading all the randomness.



Educator/Regional Tech Coordinator. Passionate about using social media to connect w/ educators around the world. We all have a story. What's yours? #EduMatch

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Sarah Thomas, PhD

Educator/Regional Tech Coordinator. Passionate about using social media to connect w/ educators around the world. We all have a story. What's yours? #EduMatch