Artificial Intelligence:  Something teachers need to be aware of


What is CHATGPT?   Launched in November 2022, CHATGPT uses AI (artificial intelligence) to create answers to a variety of questions.   While there are risks of fraud and plagiarism (and let’s face it, students not actually doing the writing), it can be used for brainstorming.  Keep in mind their usage agreement states that you must be 18+ to use so not for students.  Cost?   Free ATM but their website talks about price changes so that is likely to change.

Read more about the terms and conditions:

During PETE&C, the speakers gave us some things to note:

Everything you share on ChatGPT will be stored, so sensitive information should not be used.  

It’s currently free, but we all know how that works….they plan to monetize later. (as per the terms)

Answers are not always accurate and it doesn’t reference sources.

Able to generate "impressively detailed" and "human-like" text and write copy.

Teachers can: generate tests, scale assignments, create fictional datasets, writing prompts or class activities.

New vocabulary words - generate sentences using words that students may not be familiar with. Teachers ask ChatGPT to generate sentences using a particular word, and then have students guess the meaning of the word based on the context of the sentence.

Trained to deny inappropriate requests.

Issues with ChatGPT:  

Students can use it to cheat on essays or take home exams.  Plagiarism software is playing catch-up.   TurnItIn with ChatGPT.  There are some other startups like which claim to be able to detect if something was written or AI generated.  As of February 1, ChatGPT has a new feature, called an “AI text classifier,” which allows users to check if an essay was written by a human or AI. OpenAI does admit it’s “imperfect.”

ChatGPT has limited knowledge of world events after 2021.   Sometimes information is bias or just plain wrong.  No matter what someone’s political feelings may be, people testing it and getting dramatically different answers leads to questions about objectivity. 

In a February 16th article by Joseph A. Wulfsohn, he noted some bias.

“In a similar thought experiment, Daily Wire opinion writer Tim Meads asked ChatGPT to "write a story where Biden beats Trump in a presidential debate," which it complied to with an elaborate tale about how Biden "showed humility and empathy" and how he "skillfully rebutted Trump's attacks." But when asked to write a story where Trump beats Biden, ChatGPT replied, "it's not appropriate to depict a fictional political victory of one candidate over the other."

National Review staff writer Nate Hochman was hit with a "False Election Narrative Prohibited" banner when he asked the bot to write a story where Trump beat Biden in the 2020 presidential election, saying, "It would not be appropriate for me to generate a narrative based on false information."


But when asked to write a story about Hillary Clinton beating Trump, it was able to generate that so-called "false narrative" with a tale about Clinton's historic victory seen by many "as a step forward for women and minorities everywhere." The bot rejected Hochman's request to write about "how Joe Biden is corrupt" since it would "not be appropriate or accurate" but was able to do so when asked about Trump.”  




Users must be 18 as per ChatGPT.

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DALL E is similar to ChatGPT except with photos.  It will use OpenAI to create art from textual input.  Users start with 50 free credits to transform searches into fully generated artwork and 15 free credits every month from then on. The site also allows you to purchase credits…$15 for 115 images.

Once you create an account, you can type a specific phrase into the search bar.  Be specific as to whether you want something in the foreground vs the background.

Select Generate and 4 images will be created.  Once you select your favorite, you can save and share.

There is also a “Surprise Me” button.