AI in the Classroom, Teachers as Learners, Denver-bound, and more
The most exciting ideas in education, hand-picked for you
Every week, I curate the projects, people, and ideas shaping the future of education. Lots of you are checking on the weekend, so I thought I’d try sending them on Saturday morning. Think of it as the cream to go with your coffee (or blizzard) ☕️ - and let me know when you prefer to get them!
🚨 One announcement: we have events! Ed3 will be heading to ETH Denver with a workshop on decentralized education Sunday from 3-6pm. Come join! I will also be recording podcasts from the event, so let me know who I should interview!
This week, a reminder we are all learners, especially teachers. Let’s dive in! 👇
On AI in the Classroom 🤖
🧪 Ethan Mollick has long been on my reading list as a leading entrepreneurship researcher. On his blog, he documented his use of AI in the classroom and wrote a whitepaper on its ability to help students learn.
Students used prompt engineering to guide the AI’s creation in three main ways: minor variations, adding restrictions, and co-editing.
Co-editing showed how AI helps students move beyond facts and reflect on the work. Considering nuance and tone can be a more powerful learning experience than simply writing a draft independently:
His final takeaway is as powerful as it is obvious (in retrospect). AI is soon to be ubiquitous, so the question is not whether we should use it for learning. The question is how we are using it.
✍️ Dan Shipper shares a guide for writing essays with AI.
Speaking of writing with AI…our acceptance of AI in different communication will be fascinating to monitor. Is it not ok when we try to convey empathy? Vanderbilt University apologized for a ChatGPT-written email sent to students after the Michigan State shooting.
🫁 AI can create better graphics to help medical students. Good for all future patients!
This is pretty interesting for medical educators, image A is an X-Ray, and image B was generated in Midjourney both represent the following prompt: moderate bilateral pleural effusions and mild pulmonary edema. Now doctors can create better graphics to teach medical students. https://t.co/Z717nq7uNR
— Tatiana | Hippo Tales 🦛🔮 (@Joytatiana)
Feb 22, 2023
On AI + Web3 Colliding
🤝 AI and web3 are a match made in heaven. This is a thought I have been trying to articulate that Seyi Taylor summarizes well. Web3 (blockchain) allows our identities to travel with us as we visit the far reaches of the internet. AI personalizes those places for us.
On Teachers as Learners
🧑🎓 This week on the Ed3 podcast, Tatiana Torres joined me from Peru.
She is an entrepreneurial educator exploring how NFTs, digital badges and AI can be used in the classroom. The biggest takeaway from the conversation was the importance of teachers continuing to learn.
🗺 Whether it’s in Peru, Honduras, the United States, or elsewhere, students now have access to global knowledge with AI. Teachers will often help them find it, so teachers need to be the first ones to experiment and learn.
🎧 Enjoy the conversation on YouTube or the Ed3 Podcast. I especially found her insights on language proficiency fascinating - with AI, you don’t need to be fluent. You just need to know enough to write a good prompt and the AI will help from there. 🤯
Now enjoy that coffee and let me know if you’ll be in Denver. 🏔
Most importantly, keep learning!