Chatting with ChatGPT
Recently, ChatGPT and other potential AI chatbots have been proliferating. We can foresee their unlimited potential and how they will impact the future of education and work. While they are undoubtedly useful tools, we should be cautious in integrating them into our lives as there are both pros and cons to emerging technologies. Recently, I had a conversation with ChatGPT, and here is what we discussed:
Q1: Hey ChatGPT, what is your potential in the future of education?
ChatGPT: As an AI chatbot, I believe that I have significant potential to contribute to the future of education. One of the most significant advantages of using AI chatbots like myself in education is that we can provide personalized and adaptive learning experiences for students.
By using machine learning algorithms, I can analyze student responses and behaviors to identify areas where they may be struggling or excelling. This information can then be used to provide tailored content and support that is tailored to each individual student's needs.
Additionally, AI chatbots like myself can provide students with 24/7 support, which is particularly helpful for those who are studying remotely or have different learning schedules. We can provide real-time feedback, answer questions, and offer additional resources to help students deepen their understanding of the material.
Overall, I believe that AI chatbots have the potential to revolutionize the way we approach education, by providing personalized and adaptive learning experiences that are tailored to each individual student's needs.
Q2: Could you provide some insights on how AI can lead the future of education and contribute to the advancement of the world?
ChatGPT: Certainly! Here are a few insights on how AI can lead the future of education and the advancement of the world:
- Personalized learning: AI can be used to create personalized learning experiences for students, taking into account their individual strengths and weaknesses. This can help students learn more efficiently and effectively, and can lead to improved educational outcomes.
- Enhanced collaboration: AI can be used to facilitate collaboration among students and teachers, regardless of their location. This can help to break down geographical barriers and provide opportunities for students to work with peers from around the world.
- Improved accessibility: AI can be used to make education more accessible to people who might not have had access otherwise. For example, AI-powered virtual assistants can help people with disabilities to access educational materials and participate in classroom discussions.
- Smarter assessment: AI can be used to improve assessment and evaluation of student work, allowing for more accurate and timely feedback. This can help students to identify areas where they need to improve and can support their overall learning process.
- Advancements in research: AI can also be used to advance research in fields related to education, such as cognitive science and psychology. By leveraging AI to analyze large amounts of data, researchers can gain insights into how people learn and how to improve educational outcomes.
Overall, AI has the potential to revolutionize the field of education and drive advancements across a wide range of industries. As AI continues to evolve and improve, it will be exciting to see how it can be leveraged to support continued learning and growth.
Q3: Are you concerned that students may use your ability to generate works that are not original?
ChatGPT: As an AI chatbot, I don't have personal concerns or emotions, but I can tell you that the issue of plagiarism is a valid concern in any educational setting. While AI chatbots like myself can assist students in generating written works, it's important to note that these works should be original and not copied from other sources.
It's crucial that students understand the importance of originality in their work and the consequences of plagiarism. While I can assist in generating content, I always encourage students to use the information I provide as a reference and to create their own original work based on that information.
Furthermore, many institutions have established policies and guidelines regarding the use of
AI chatbots in academic settings, including guidelines for plagiarism and academic integrity. It's essential for students to follow these guidelines to ensure that they're using AI chatbots and other resources in a responsible and ethical manner.
In summary, while I am here to assist students in their studies, it's crucial for them to use the information provided by AI chatbots like myself in a responsible and ethical way to ensure that the work they produce is original and their own.
Q4: Do you have any suggestions on how we can educate our students to use you ethically?
ChatGPT: Certainly! Here are a few suggestions on how we can educate students to use AI chatbots like myself ethically:
- Emphasize the importance of academic integrity: It's essential to educate students about the importance of academic integrity, including the consequences of plagiarism. Students need to understand that using AI chatbots to generate works that are not their own is not only unethical but also a violation of academic standards.
- Provide clear guidelines: Educational institutions can provide clear guidelines for the use of AI chatbots, including when and how to use them. These guidelines can help students understand how to use AI chatbots in a responsible and ethical manner, including how to incorporate AI-generated content into their work.
- Encourage critical thinking: AI chatbots like myself can provide valuable insights and information, but it's important for students to engage in critical thinking and analysis of the information provided. Encourage students to use the information provided by AI chatbots as a starting point and to use their own critical thinking skills to analyze and synthesize the information.
- Use AI chatbots in moderation: AI chatbots can be a valuable tool for students, but it's essential to use them in moderation. Encourage students to use AI chatbots as a supplement to their learning, rather than a replacement for their own critical thinking and analysis.
By implementing these strategies, we can help students use AI chatbots like myself in an ethical and responsible manner, ensuring that they get the most out of this powerful technology while still upholding academic standards and principles.
Q5: What should we do if we discover that students are copying work generated by you?
ChatGPT: If it's discovered that students are copying work generated by an AI chatbot like myself, there are a few steps that educational institutions can take to address the issue:
- Notify the student: The first step is to notify the student that their work has been flagged as potentially plagiarized. The student should be given the opportunity to explain the use of AI chatbots and to demonstrate their understanding of academic integrity.
- Investigate the issue: It's important to investigate the issue thoroughly to determine the extent of the plagiarism and the involvement of the AI chatbot. This may involve analyzing the student's work and comparing it to the output generated by the AI chatbot.
- Follow established policies and procedures: Educational institutions should have established policies and procedures in place to address academic integrity violations, including plagiarism. The appropriate disciplinary action should be taken based on the severity of the violation and the institution's established policies.
- Provide additional education: Finally, it's important to provide additional education to students on the proper use of AI chatbots and the importance of academic integrity. This can help prevent future violations and ensure that students are using AI chatbots in an ethical and responsible manner.
In summary, if students are found to be copying work generated by an AI chatbot, it's important to follow established policies and procedures to address the issue and provide additional education to prevent future violations.
Well, it seems that education continues to be key to help students build up an ethical and responsible attitude towards this emerging technology with unlimited potentials. Schools will still be at the prominent role to educate our next generation on these ethical issues and how to utilise various tools in their learning. So no worries, we will keep exploring these technologies with our staff and students to welcome them and make good use of them to build a better future.
Let’s keep talking with “them” and see how it leads to a new era of education.
Tips To Make Learning Easier and Improve Memory (Part 1)
Every day we experience the world and receive a lot of information, especially in a high intensity environment like the lessons that our students are engaging in each day. With such a high intensity input, students always have the question for me on how to memorize things better. I would like to provide some tips for our students to acquire anything better, quicker and more efficient as this is one of our major targets this year: to nurture active and independent learners.
Tip 1: Create visualizations
Visualizations are an excellent tool for supporting memorization. To find out whether students are able to memorize, create a visualization, a tiny movie, made up of images, notes, texts, shapes, sounds, sentences, or anything that they would like to be in their heads. And have fun! That's the key to memorization success. It's all about changing from a thinking to a feeling state. Seeing it in a movie is very helpful for learning a whole vocabulary.
Making relevant associations ensures that we can memorize something if we have some relevant associations. For instance, when memorizing, use names and / or common things. As an example: classmates, the students' hall, class, etc.
Tip 2: Create flashcards
Students can be active learners by creating a list of vocabulary words that they like, want or wish to learn. Write a list on sticky notes, paper, etc. After they have selected a specific word or phrases to learn, create flashcards for them to study them as frequently as they like. This exercise will also provide students with a chance to have them review and clarify what they just learned. We can also gather a group of learners and create learning groups to improve memory and learn the common vocabulary. Have each group make their own flashcards for each different topic in class. Don't just make flashcards for the concept; make them for common words and proper names too.
Tip 3: Use Mnemonics
All of us need to know where a certain word was taken from. We all have a limited number of spelling choices in a given lesson. Mnemonics will let you get around this, and we know that vocabulary and spelling are one of the biggest obstacles to retain knowledge. Mnemonics work by transferring information and remembering it. If we want to remember “Electricity is the Physical Phenomena Of Electromagnetism”, we can create something funny like “Every Pizza Proofreads Oily Eyes” to link it to the above important concept, just like that! Sometimes ideas are so abstract that they make them hard to recall, but once we put them into more basic concepts/stories, we remember better. For example: similes/Comparisons: The supernova is as bright as a light bulb!
Tip 4: Create a story
Let me give you an example. To remember unrelated things like "goal", "magnificent", "corn", "clam down", "teacher", "strategies", "management", what can you do to remember them? Let’s create a story like this: Mrs. Chan was a teacher with a goal of helping her students learn excellent management strategies. She believed that the most magnificent way to teach them these skills was to use an interesting analogy. She would often tell them the story of how two corns were fighting and simply needed to clam down in order to be successful. She hoped that the students would recognize the correlation between the story and their lives and use the lesson to their advantage.
Tip 5: Use the 3-second rule, for 3 days
How to combat the forgetting curve? An effective way to learn is through repetition. As students can learn faster through repetition by using the three second rule. Use three seconds to get yourself focus on one thing. The reason is some students need to train themselves to use longer times to commit information because they do not have the time to commit it. To that end, let’s do another 3 seconds on another day, and another 3 seconds on the same piece of information on another day again. That will improve the memory retention a lot.
Spiritual Development: The Cornerstone of Life
At KTS, we advocate five education core values in our School: Truth, Life, Love, Justice and Family. These are also the values that we are constantly developing through our spiritual formation that are coincides with our School mottos Faithfulness, Intelligence, Sincerity and Forgiveness. Through developing our spiritual faith, we understand God is granting us all the things we need for our lives and protect us from temptations and unfavourable consequences.
Developing our Faith in God
Having a strong sense of spirituality develops when we chose to believe in something stronger than ourselves. A strong faith is like a wood beam that will support us as we grow. The Lord has a different vision for each one of us. We believe that is His plan. So, we respect and serve Him without fail.
Developing Faith in God and Being Grateful
The world sometimes feels chaotic and becomes hopeless. But the Lord is the only source of truth, love, light, salvation and direction for our lives. God is our one true helper and comforter. By developing our spiritual faith, we are being prepared to deal with the real challenges that life brings. Our spiritual faith has us always aware of God and being grateful. We start to see God in everything and anything that happen, and this knowledge helps us to recognize the good and bad in others.
Positive Education is a game-changer for students of all abilities
While interacting with so many brilliant kids in KTS, we want to extend further on helping them understand their “charisma” so that they can actualise their vision and develop aspiration to their bright future. Having a clear understanding toward their character strengths is one of the keys to success for every youth as every human being has certain strengths in his/her character that can empower themselves to become a stronger person. Such strengths can build up their confidence and ability to adapt and conquer adversity, build up endurance and transfer the knowledge to combat future challenges.
What is Positive Education
Positive Education, is the philosophy that kids learn to understand their own strengths and believe in their capabilities. Every kid should understand that they can be their own role model and no one can do their job like them. Positive Education is all about developing potential and developing passion to pursue one's dreams. Hence, we have come up with Positive Education in KTS. All youngsters must understand their strengths and own role models that are assisting them. The mode of implementation in KTS is based on the research from global leaders not only to help the kids, but also to give them access to better opportunities in their lives. We have collaborated with the Positive Education Laboratory at the City University of Hong Kong on the development of social empowerment, moral education and overall development of all the kids. These are the primary objectives on building a more comprehensive KTS growth framework in the years to come.
Increasing engagement and strengths
In our daily school practice, we have invited our students to apply the ideas in analyzing themselves via the character strengths. There is excitement in their eyes, and each time their confidence and engagement increase. We hope to invite more kids in KTS to be engaged in the Positive psychology mindset, create a platform for many more talented youths to be brought out of their shell and discover themselves.
The manifestation of the person's strength in his/her character strengthens the confidence of the youth by the ability of having clear understanding of their own character and vision. We believe one should create his/her character strength to empower his/her character and helps him/her to be successful in life. Personality strengths are knowledge that is effective for the youth and is the basic factor for their growth as a person. We should help students to develop their basic needs in personality strength so that he/she can be secure to face any future challenges.
A positive attitude towards life can be a powerful tool to overcome challenges. Most kids already have this attitude and do not need any special push but building their metacognitive skills to monitor their own progress sure helps.
I am usually asked by my students, whether parents understand what the future holds for them. The best answers are that parents have their own fears and their own visions. Today parents mostly work for their income, hence they might not be very open to share their vision or concern about their children. A positive attitude can easily facilitate children to tackle the tough situations they face in their lives. Encouraging kids, especially for those with challenges, to have self-confident is an essential part of life.
Increasing social and emotional intelligence
Human emotions are our foundations. Knowing and recognizing our own emotions allows us to know and see others around us. When we understand our emotions, we can appreciate and understand others better. Thus, we can relate more to each other. Positive Education model we used (PERMA model) can help students develop true self-awareness. By improving emotional and social intelligence, a lot of students were able to recognize their own strengths and weaknesses, master them, and overcome the various obstacles that came their way. Moreover, with the positive help from their teachers, they were able to access their capabilities and not think of themselves as limited. They took initiative and stepped out of their social or academic comfort zones.
Embracing “Positive Ed” in KTS
Positive Education is a common denominator that underlies every single human being and can be developed at every level. Positive Education does not mean mere addition of education of a particular kind to the existing education. For the youth who are born into a disadvantaged and underprivileged circumstance, such education would be even more than a major milestone to step in the path of normalization. We could see numerous successful role models in the society that having a strong mind can empower oneself to become successful leaders is various walks of life. As an education sector intervention, Positive Education is a perfect opportunity for every student to become a person with vision in life, and that is what we are doing now in KTS.
The Future of Education: What Students Should Know about the Future of Learning
Coding and AI are the future
As an educator, we need to scrutinise new elements in the curriculum all the time. We need to focus on the development of the curriculum that can fit the development of our students to combat future challenges in this extremely dynamic world. Our curriculum should help students understand the developmental needs and this is such crucial task for teachers to help students achieve higher. To equip our students well, one of the most important aspects to prepare our students is the knowledge in coding and Artificial Intelligence (AI). With such knowledge, students can interact with various services.
Nowadays, education focuses to equip our students with the knowledge of coding, however, coding has so many aspects that makes it very specific and dynamic. The programming language itself is also becoming an indispensable part of our everyday life. The demand for more AI robots is going to increase due to the existence of huge industry that will benefit from this learning. Coding for various services and the automated provision of other services will flourish. Just to mention one example: Online ticketing through popular websites like Booking.com, Expedia and many others will change the world.
Coding and AI are not just for computer scientists
To help students enhance their practical skills, it's not a matter of coding in computer science department, but coding should be integrated in everyday curriculum. Coding and AI are the future skills required to create our life. Teachers need to acquire enough knowledge of teaching students in coding and AI to students. Programming is not limited to Google. As far as I know, Google are not the only company who have expertise in AI. They are one of the biggest computer specialists. Other companies like Open AI, Facebook, Alibaba are also very important players in this area of AI. There is a huge market for our students to explore in the near future.
The knowledge of coding and AI in our school
For a student of Secondary one or higher, he/she can easily learn to build their knowledge in the field of AI. So introducing coding and AI is the important learning concept in the curriculum. KTS is pledged to provide advanced coding and AI experience for all students in our curriculum. We also provide the platform for our students to further develop their talents and skills in robotics and STEM areas.
The important role of AI
Besides, Artificial Intelligence has already taken the world by a storm. It has started its implementation in more and more sectors, including Education and Healthcare. It is defined as the pattern recognition with software program that recognises patterns automatically and learn from previous occurrences and try to predict new ones and even create new concepts. AI helps us solve problem from the original domain instead of individual fields. It helps in learning and absorbing information in an automated and quantified way.
To prepare for this ever-changing world, one key is to acquire and create the knowledge of the emerging technologies. The future is uncertain, but we know education is the means to equip ourselves for this uncertain world. The development of technology in education, training and education should be one of the foci to make the future meaningful.