Enter AI Chatbots!! (Click to learn more)
You can run away, stick your head in the sand, try to catch every student who uses the Chatbot to write (wow, that sounds exhausting) OR you can think differently!
We have an opportunity. How can we leverage AI Chatbots to be part of our assignments and classroom experiences to increase engagement and develop skills learners will need beyond school?
Let us remind you that it wasn’t too long ago we were having the discussion about students being able to “Google” the answer… how did we pivot? We shifted our assessments and assignment to questions that are not able to be Googled…performance tasks, PBL, discussion, creating, etc. More thinking and applying using content AND it increases student engagement because they have a purpose in learning!!!
Below you will find an excerpt from “Embrace the Bot in the Classroom.” As you read, find a small step that you might be able to take to “Embrace the Bot” in your classroom to support student engagement and learning. We would love to hear your ideas in the comments!!
“The potential impact that these technologies can have on the classroom is truly exciting. I am currently in the process of redesigning assignments and making sure my students are required to learn, taking into account the ways in which AI chatbots can be utilized to enhance the learning experience. Furthermore, I am considering incorporating more in-class assignments rather than relying solely on homework, as I believe that this approach can lead to more interactive and engaging learning experiences for students.
In addition to this, I am also designing more meaningful in-class activities that focus on creating an experience-based learning environment, which I believe can lead to more effective and efficient learning. However, I am also looking into ways in which students can use AI to make their homework more fun and memorable. By incorporating AI chatbots into homework assignments, students can have a more interactive and engaging experience, which in turn can lead to a more effective retention of the material.
Some innovative ways that other teachers are using chatbots in the classroom, and I’m feeling inspired by their creativity. Instead of just soliciting questions from a class of unenthused students, some teachers are using chatbots like ChatGPT as a teachable moment by asking the bot for its thoughts and then openly debating the answers. It’s like having a virtual class debate partner that never sleeps.
I’ve been hearing some horror stories about teachers playing the “gotcha” game with students who are using chatbots to do their homework and, let me tell you, that is not a game I want to be a part of. I understand the concern of cheating, but I believe that the approach some teachers are taking of requiring rough drafts and closer monitoring is missing the point. It’s like putting band-aids on a broken leg, it’s not really solving the problem. This approach is essentially policing and not giving students any incentive to engage in a hard learning experience. I, on the other hand, am trying to find ways to reach my students and make learning more enjoyable for them. Instead of punishing them for trying to avoid the lame assignments I give them, I am trying to find ways to make the material more interesting and relatable to them.”