Your children's learning today and their future have changed drastically right in front of our eyes with the recent launch of ChatGPT. The impact and capabilities of AI are growing almost daily.
With ChatGPT passing Google interviews and law, medical, and business school exams, and about 90% of students admitting using ChatGPT for their homework, there are both huge opportunities to use ChatGPT for improving education and more urgency in shifting how we educate children.
We have gathered this collection of resources to help educators and parents understand and navigate ChatGPT (and similar AI technologies). We will continue to update the page as new developments occur.
What Is ChatGPT?
To put it in the simplest form, ChatGPT is an Artificial Intelligence technology that you can converse with and ask an incredible wide range of questions from how to cook pasta, travel recommendation, to coding, solving calculus problems, and a lot more. It is so intelligent that it can pass Google Interviews, AP tests, and Bar exams just to name a few examples.
ChatGPT was created by OpenAI. Similar AI technologies have been developed by Google and other companies. But ChatGPT is the most well known one. In this guide, for simplicity, we sometimes use ChatGPT to represent this kind of AI technology in general.
More In-depth technical references on what ChatGPT is
How To Use ChatGPT
Many products now incorporate ChatGPT. You can try it out still at its original form for free on the OpenAI ChatGPT website. Here is a two-minute video that walks you though how to get started using ChatGPT.
ChatGPT Prompt Engineering
ChatGPT can do numerous things. How much power you can get out of it depends largely on your ability with prompt engineering.
If you are curious about what others have talked to ChatGPT about or want some inspiration on what to prompt ChatGPT with, check out the "Awesome ChatGPT Prompts" repository. It is a collection of hundreds of fun prompt examples to have ChatGPT act as a screenwriter, tea taster, interior designer, statistician, ... the limit is only our imagination!
Here are some of the more technical references:
- ChatGPT Prompt Engineering for Developers - by Deeplearning.ai and OpenAI
- GPT-4 - How does it work, and how do I build apps with it? - CS50 Tech Talk
- Introducing ChatGPT and Whisper APIs - OpenAI
- ChatGPT API References
ChatGPT's Education Impact
One of the areas that ChatGPT will surely create significant impact is education. As an example, as of March 2023, ChatGPT 4 is able to pass a wide range of AP and higher level tests.
The immediate concern is there is a strong potential that students might misuse ChatGPT, instead of trying to do research, homework, and reports on their own.
Most also see the huge potential of how ChatGPT can be that powerful personalized teacher that adapt its teaching for every single student.
The challenge in front of most educators in the short term is how to reduce mis-uses of ChatGPT, and ideally leverage it to improve students' learning experiences. Interestingly, in our opinion, the best way to reduce mis-uses is in fact to proactively incorporate it as part of learning.
The long term strategic/policy implication of ChatGPT is profound. We will need to rethink what students should be learning and how education should be structured.
Views & Thoughts on ChatGPT from Industry Leaders
There are many references in this area. We try to highlight diverse samples of opinions. The goal is not to be exhaustive.
- Exclusive Interview: OpenAI’s Sam Altman Talks ChatGPT And How Artificial General Intelligence Can ‘Break Capitalism’ - Forbes Feb 2023
- The Age of AI has begun by Bill Gates, March 2023
- ChatGPT Heralds an Intellectual Revolution, By Henry Kissinger, Eric Schmidt and Daniel Huttenlocher(WJS) Feb 2023
- A Conversation with Elon Musk 2.0 (World Government Summit) March 2023
- Coursera CEO interview at Davos 2023 (starts from 7:40min)
- Stephen Wolfram, Founder of Wolfram Alpha - Wolfram|Alpha as the Way to Bring Computational Knowledge Superpowers to ChatGPT (Jan 2023)
- The Amazing AI Super Tutor for Students and Teachers | Sal Khan | TED - Sal Khan (April 2023)
- Microsoft's Products Will Soon Access Open AI Tools Like ChatGPT | WSJ - Satya Nadella Microsoft CEO (Jan, 2023)
- Time Magazine interview of OpenAI CTO (need free account to view)
- CEO of ChatGPT maker responds to schools' plagiarism concerns: 'We adapted to calculators and changed what we tested in math class' (Business Insider), Jan 2023
Research and Surveys about ChatGPT for Education
Open AI, OpenResearch, University of Pennsylvania
Key findings (learn more)
- 1 in 5 American workers could do their job much, much faster. 19% of American workers have at least 50% of their tasks exposed to GPTs, meaning that access to a GPT could reduce its completion time by at least 50%. Faster and cheaper, but not necessarily better…it depends on the data
- GPTs are GPTs: An Early Look at the Labor Market Impact Potential of Large Language Models
AI & Tomorrow's Job (Junior Achievement) - March 2023
- More than nine in 10 teens say they would be interested in learning in high school about how to work with artificial intelligence.
- Sixty-six percent of teens said in a newly released survey that they are concerned they may not be able to find a good job as adults because of artificial intelligence. And one in three said they were “very” or “extremely” concerned.
Walton Family Foundation - March 2023
Key findings: (learn more)
- A 51% majority of teachers report using ChatGPT, with higher usage among Black (69%) and Latino (69%) teachers.
- Three in ten teachers have used it for lesson planning (30%), coming up with creative ideas for classes (30%), and building background knowledge for lessons and classes (27%).
- A third of students 12-17 say they’ve used ChatGPT for school (33%), including 47% of those 12-14.
- 88% of teachers and 79% of students who’ve used ChatGPT say it’s had a positive impact. Teachers
Study.com (Q1, 2023)
Key findings: (learn more)
- 82% of college professors are aware of ChatGPT, compared to 55% of grade school educators. Over 9 in 10 students are aware of ChatGPT, far more than grade school educators.
- Over a third (34%) of all educators believe that ChatGPT should be banned in schools and universities, while 66% support students having access to it. Surprisingly, 72% of college students believe that ChatGPT should be banned from their college's network.
Quizlet (July, 2023)
Key findings: (Learn more)
- 62% of all respondents have used AI technologies
- Students agree that AI technologies help them better understand material
- (73%) and study faster or more efficiently (67%)
- Students who study three hours or more per night are more likely to say they have used AI technologies
News & Opinion Pieces on ChatGPT and Education
There are also many references in this area. Again, our goal is to highlight a diverse sample of opinions, rather than being exhaustive.
- AI Will Transform Teaching and Learning. Let’s Get it Right - Stanford AI+Education Summit - March 2023
AI Tools Like ChatGPT May Reshape Teaching Materials — And Possibly Substitute Teach - EdSurge
- Only 34% of educators support the decision to ban ChatGPT - EINNews
- ChatGPT will force school exams out of the dark ages - Financial Times
- 19 Ways to Use ChatGPT in Your Classroom - EdWeek
- ChatGPT: Here's how large school districts are responding - ChalkBeat
- Scores of Stanford students used ChatGPT on final exams, survey suggests - Stanford Daily
- OpenAI releases tool to detect AI-generated text, including from ChatGPT - TechCrunch
- Five Predictions for the Future of Learning in the Age of AI - a16z
- ‘It’s coming, whether we want it to or not’: Teachers nationwide are using ChatGPT to prepare kids for an AI world - Fortune
Panel Discussion on ChatpGPT for Education for Teachers and Parents
How ChatGPT and AI are Changing Children’s Learning and Their Future (Event for Parents & Teachers) - Create & Learn March 2023
- David Touretzky - Computer Science Professor at Carnegie Mellon University; Founder and chair of AI4K12.org
- Jamila Khawaja - Senior Curriculum Development Manager at Code.org
- Jia Li - Chief AI Fellow of Cloud First, Data & AI at Accenture, Founding Head of Google Cloud AI R&D, Stanford
- Wes Chao - Computer Science teacher at The Nueva School, a leading preK-12 independent school for gifted learners, and former Facebook engineer
Education Tools that Use ChatGPT or Similar AI Technologies
- Notion - Notion AI (paid after free trial)
- Khan Academy - Harnessing GPT-4 so that all students benefit. A nonprofit approach for equal access
- CheggMate by Chegg
- Create & Learn AI Coach
- Microsoft - Microsoft 365 Copilot – your copilot for work , Demo
- Google has made announcement about adding similar AI capabilities for its Workspace product (including Google Docs, email, etc.) as well.
- GitHub Copilot for coding, Replit Ghostwriter
- Roblox Studio - Generative AI on Roblox: Our Vision for the Future of Creation
- Integration with Wolfram Alpha which improves accuracy of the content.
How ChatGPT Works Technically
Semi-technical explanation by Ari Seff (YouTube video)
Deeper technical presentation- Stanford Webinar - GPT-3 & Beyond (YouTube video)
Safety for ChatGPT - Our approach to AI safety (OpenAI)
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