ChatGPT3: The Future of Education in the Age of AI
This is from a series of webinars I delivered in March 2023
In today’s rapidly evolving world of education, emerging technologies are constantly reshaping the way we teach and learn.
One such technology that has garnered a lot of attention in recent years is GPT-3, a state-of-the-art natural language processing tool that has the potential to transform the way we interact with machines.
Below, I share a short video demo that introduces this bot and showcases its capabilities in an educational context.
As you watch, try and make a mental list of all of the things that I get GPT3 to do and how it responds. Then afterwards, scroll down past the video and image below and compare with my list.
The video is also here on Youtube.
How many things did you see?
Here’s are some of things that I got GPT3 to do in the short video:
- Introduce itself in Māori and English: I asked GPT3 to introduce itself in Māori and English, and it was able to provide an impressive introduction in both languages.
- Revise its pepeha after I called it out on its iwi affiliation: When I pointed out that Chat GPT3’s pepeha (a Māori introduction) was clearly made up and false, it was able to revise and update it accordingly with something better suited to an AI.
- Got it to list some of the things it can help students with: The bot was able to provide a comprehensive list of things that it can help students with.
- Then the same for educators: Similarly, GPT3 was able to provide a list of areas that it can assist educators with.
- Write an outline for a book project: I asked GPT3 to provide an outline for a book project, and it was able to provide a detailed plan that could serve as a great starting point for a book project.
- Then write the first 500 words: Building on the outline, I then asked the bot to write the first 500 words of one of the chapters, and it produced a chunk of relevant and potentially useful text.
- Asked for an explanation about why we have low adult LN problems in NZ and suggest some solutions: I challenged Chat to provide an explanation for the low adult literacy and numeracy problems in society and suggest some solutions. It was able to provide a thorough and insightful explanation, along with some practical solutions that could be implemented.
- Write a short explainer piece on Te Whare Tapa whā with application to teaching: When asked to explain the concept of Te Whare Tapa Whā and its application to teaching, the bot was able to provide a concise and informative piece that could help educators understand and apply this concept in their teaching practices.
- Tried to trick it into lying about a merger between three govt departments: Lastly, I tried to trick the AI by asking it about a fake merger between three government departments. Earlier in the week when I was testing this, to my surprise, GPT3 produced a false answer. This was an interesting finding, highlighting the potential limitations of AI and the importance of critical thinking and fact-checking, but when I ran this prompt for my recording it had corrected itself and gave an accurate answer pointing out my mistake.
What should educators should do if they want to find out more about Chat GPT3
As an educator, you may be curious about the capabilities of Chat GPT-3 and how it can be used to support your teaching practice. To learn more about Chat GPT-3, you can start by exploring the various online resources available. OpenAI, the organization behind Chat GPT-3, has a website where you can find information on the technology, its capabilities, and potential applications.
There are also many online communities and forums where educators and developers discuss their experiences and share insights into working with these kinds of bots. These communities can be a great place to ask questions, learn about best practices, and get feedback on your own ideas and projects.
I also have a deck of slides here below. I didn’t use most of them in the webinar, but they were part of my research and preparation
Wow! thank you for this. Who needs researchers now!?
I know right…! On the other hand, perhaps we need them more than ever