The Educator's Notebook

A weekly collection of education-related news from around the web.

Educator’s Notebook #403 (January 15, 2023)

    • Evan Dunne
    • 01/09/23

    “In this short booklet, we will explore the various ways that ChatGPT can be used to enhance your teaching practice. I will provide tips and prompts for effectively implementing ChatGPT into your teaching practice and I will also discuss the potential problems that ChatGPT may create in the education sector.”

    • New York Times
    • 12/26/22

    “Most of us have never seen anything like it outside of science fiction. To better understand what ChatGPT can do, we decided to see if people could tell the difference between the bot’s writing and a child’s. We used real essay prompts from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (the standardized test from the Department of Education, known as the nation’s report card). We asked the bot to produce essays based on those prompts — sometimes with a little coaching, and always telling it to write like a student of the appropriate age. We put what it wrote side by side with sample answers written by real children. We asked some experts on children’s writing to take our variation on the Turing test, live on a call with us. They were a fourth-grade teacher; a professional writing tutor; a Stanford education professor; and Judy Blume, the beloved children’s author. None of them could tell every time whether a child or a bot wrote the essay. See how you do.”







    • Salon
    • 01/07/23
    • Phys
    • 12/14/22

    “I had a eureka moment in Cambridge. After 9 months trying to crack this problem, I was almost ready to quit, I was getting nowhere. So I closed the books for a month and just enjoyed the summer, swimming, cycling, cooking, praying and meditating. Then, begrudgingly I went back to work, and within minutes, as I turned the pages, these patterns starting emerging, and it all started to make sense. There was a lot more work to do but I'd found the biggest part of the puzzle.”











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Peter Nilsson


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