I’m a teacher – AI will make our schools a whole new world by cutting the workload and ‘saving our sanity’
A TEACHER has experimented with ChatGPT and believes the artificial intelligence bot can reduce teachers’ workloads and “save their sanity.”
AI has been a controversial topic, especially in academia with headlines breaking about students using chatbots to cheat.
But one teacher, Stephen Lockyer, believes there are benefits to educators using the tech to make lesson plans.
Lockyer, who teaches eight- to nine-year-olds in London has tested out ChatGPT, a chatbot created by the company OpenAI.
He asked the chatbot a prompt: “Plan three lessons to explain how volcanoes are formed.”
The primary school teacher told the chatbot: “Each lesson needs an introductory activity, information input, a student task, and a plenary.”
While the lessons weren’t very elaborate, Lockyer said it was “a starting point” in a series of tweets he wrote about his experience.
He said it only took the bot one minute and 13 seconds to create the lesson plans, which saves “hours” of work.
When speaking exclusively with The U.S. Sun, Lockyer said that ChatGPT is “an incredible tool” that “saved me an awful lot of time.”
He explained how the tool could help with teacher burnout.
“We’ve all seen young teachers sitting in their classroom after hours creating these beautiful new resources and actually it takes hours and hours and they end up, now ill and tired,” he said.
“And I think that this will actually save some teachers’ sanity.”
The downside to using ChatGPT to create resources is that the lessons are “not hugely creative.”
Lockyer said the volcano lessons that he made using the tech were “very functional,” but “there was no originality.”
“They delivered the content that you wanted to, but there was no flare,” he added.
“There was no drawing in of the children’s knowledge.”
This is where the teacher comes in. While the AI tech can be a great gatherer of resources, the educator then has to run with it and adapt it to their students’ needs.
Lockyer said that while ChatGPT is “not hugely creative,” the teacher “can be creative with it.”
“Some teachers were worried that it’s going to do them out of a job, but it really isn’t because it’s only as good as the input and the teacher who puts those inputs in,” Lockyer explained.
He believes there are three unique skills that teachers have and AI tech doesn’t.
“I don’t feel that teachers are in any danger because I can stand in front of a class of 30 students and read the room, read the atmosphere, identify where there are pockets of confusion or overconfidence and the computer can’t do that yet,” he said.
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