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AI and education
Posted by kmcg2375 in education, online tools, technology on January 11, 2023
Writing with Nick Kelly recently about how The AI future for lesson plans is already here seemed like something I should blog about. What started off as a serendipitous, off-task chat at a research writing retreat about ‘what AI could be used for in teacher education’ quickly turned into a highly topical piece as ChatGPT was released the following week.
In working on our piece for The Conversation, Nick had noodled around with GPT-3, which I had only recently learned about. Our article posted on 29 November, and the next day ChatGPT was launched. It became the biggest topic in my social feeds, and it hasn’t gone away.
I think essentially, that’s what it’s going to feel like now, and for a while, talking about AI and education.
The technologies, and the conversations, are going to move at a fast pace. And they aren’t going away.
What seems most true to me so far? That hot takes will abound (yes, including this one), gurus will arise, and companies will profit, while in classrooms little-to-nothing else about the learning context will change and this will prevent a lot of educators from experimenting and innovating with new tools much at all.
I’m still warming up to a more substantial real hot-take on AI/ChatGPT. But I find myself drawn often to these three thoughts:
- There is little point trying to guess how this will play out, spend energy instead on being creative with the new tools in the present.
- The existential crisis pervading the education field in response to ChatGPT goes to show how far we have yet to come in embracing process/inquiry/design approaches in education.
- Educators can use AI tools in student-centred ways by placing student experience at the heart of their discussions about and experimentation with new tools.
If you’re a teacher and have been scrolling past All The Articles suddenly appearing about AI, I recommend dipping a toe in the water before school goes back. You won’t be able to avoid the conversations, I’m afraid, so you might as well have something to say.
I found these posts and resources especially helpful, maybe you will too:
- A persuasive explanation about why you should care about AI technologies, by Max Rosser (via Our World in Data).
- Musings about the biggest risk of AI in education, by Philippa Hardman (via The Learning Science Newsletter).
- This slide deck of notes about ChatGPT, by Torrey Trust at UMassAmherst (open access, thanks Torrey!).
- A blog post covering basic education issues and questions, by Carmen Vallis (via USyd. CDRG).
- This thread of threads about ChatGPT in education, by Fab Maurin (via Twitter).
Your hot-takes and ‘awesome link’ recommendations are welcome in comments 🙂
FIND! Australian education vocabularies
Posted by kmcg2375 in education, english, online tools, school, technology on October 19, 2018
I thought I knew the Australian Curriculum for English almost inside out, but recently discovered a whole new box I had been leaving un-ticked.
It was the ScOT box.
What does ScOT stand for, you ask?
Schools Online Thesaurus.
If you go to their homepage (http://scot.curriculum.edu.au/) you can search for a relevant term to your field and see what you get. I searched for ‘literature’ and was directed to this:
…you can see some of the rabbit holes I’ve been down from there already.
I found such useful things in the thesaurus for the work I’m doing this week.
I also found the other data sets available in the Australian education vocabularies list:
For the English teachers still playing along – see ‘language modes’ in the list? Kinda specific thing to make a vocabulary about, I thought.
I clicked though and interestingly, the entry does not reflect all six language modes in the Australian Curriculum.
‘Creating’ has been left out.
Creating has been left out, despite being there plain as day in the Achievement Standards, the Aim, and the Glossary entry for ‘mode’ in English.
And there ends the list of all the things I needed to stop and show you.
Who I do I write to, to point this out?
Enjoy the thesaurus!
Explaining theories of learning and pedagogy
Posted by kmcg2375 in education, technology, university on November 18, 2013
I want to post here two excellent images that I have come across to explain the various theories and concepts that can be drawn on in relation to learning and pedagogy.
The first is an image that I found via TeachThought (an excellent website – set aside a good hour to go and browse):
The image originally came from a 2008 post by Andrew Churches on edorigami, which also features diagrams explaining thinking skills, assessment and ‘fluency’. You can check that post out here: http://edorigami.edublogs.org/2008/08/16/21st-century-pedagogy/
The second image I am sharing here is this maaassssssive map of Learning Theory produced by the HoTEL project in the EU:
While all of the links made in the maps above are open to challenge and discussion, I really value them as texts! Both maps do a great job of visualising some of the theoretical complexity that sits behind education practice and decision making. I’ll definitely be sharing them with my pre-service teachers next year.
A nest of posts
Posted by kmcg2375 in education, random, reflections, technology on November 16, 2016
Not sure what the collective noun for posts is (?)
Here is a nest of posts this week that have stayed with me. Not keen to post them on social media so much because argh the noise everywhere this week is deafening…
Post 1: You can’t fix education. By Hank Green on Medium.
Post 2: Cultural Marxism: A uniting theory for rightwingers who love to play the victim. By Jason Wilson in The Guardian.
Post 3: The truth will set you free. By Graham Brown-Martin on Medium.
What posts have had impact for you this week?
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