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.

Hear how Sam Altman described ChatGPT. He is CEO of OpenAI - the company that developed ChatGPT. For a more technical description of ChatGPT, check out the ChatGPT launch blog.

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'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.

ChatGPT passed AP exams chart
Source - Open AI GPT-4 Launch Blog

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.

Research and Surveys about ChatGPT for Education

Open AI, OpenResearch, University of Pennsylvania

Key findings (learn more)

AI & Tomorrow's Job (Junior Achievement) - March 2023

Key findings (learn more, report)

  • 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 (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.

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
  • Jamila Khawaja - Senior Curriculum Development Manager at
  • 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

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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