I’m a teacher – AI will make our schools a whole new world by reducing the workload and “saving our sanity”.
A TEACHER has experimented with ChatGPT and believes the artificial intelligence bot can reduce teachers’ workload and “save their sanity.”
AI has been a controversial topic, especially in academia, where headlines have been made about students using chatbots to cheat.
But one teacher, Stephen Lockyer, believes there are benefits for educators using the technology to create lesson plans.
Lockyer, who teaches eight to nine-year-olds in London, tested ChatGPT, a chatbot from OpenAI.
He asked the chatbot for a prompt: “Plan three lessons to explain how volcanoes are formed.”
The elementary school teacher told the chatbot, “Every lesson needs an introductory activity, information entry, student assignment, and plenary.”
While the lessons weren’t very in-depth, Lockyer said it was “a starting point” in a series of tweets He wrote about his experiences.
He said it took the bot just a minute and 13 seconds to create the lesson plans, saving “hours” of work.
Speaking exclusively to The US Sun, Lockyer said ChatGPT is “an incredible tool” that “saved me an incredible amount of time”.
He explained how the tool could help with teacher burnout.
“We’ve all seen young teachers sit in their classroom after hours creating these beautiful new resources, and in fact it takes hours and hours for them to get sick and tired,” he said.
“And I think that’s actually going to save some teachers’ sanity.”
The downside to using ChatGPT to create resources is that the lessons are “not very creative”.
Lockyer said the Vulcan lessons he did with the technology were “very functional” but “there wasn’t any originality.”
“They delivered the content you wanted, but there was no flare,” he added.
“The children’s knowledge was not used.”
This is where the teacher comes in. While AI technology can be a great resource collector, the educator then needs to work with it and adapt it to the needs of their students.
Lockyer said that while ChatGPT “isn’t very creative,” the teacher can “get creative with it.”
“Some teachers have been concerned that this will put them out of work, but that really isn’t the case because it’s only as good as the input and the teacher providing that input,” Lockyer explained.
He believes there are three unique skills that teachers have that AI technology doesn’t.
“I don’t feel the teachers are in danger because I can stand in front of a class of 30 students and read the room, read the atmosphere, see where there is confusion or overconfidence, and the computer can’t do that yet” , he said.
https://www.the-sun.com/tech/7513718/teacher-ai-chatgpt-cuts-workload-saving-sanity/ I’m a teacher – AI will make our schools a whole new world by reducing the workload and “saving our sanity”.