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AI and ChatGPT: Ban it? No. Detect it? Maybe. Embrace it? Yes!

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 203AB

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Professor Emerita
Lesley University
Dr. Maureen Brown Yoder is a Professor Emerita at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the Educational Technology department. A former classroom teacher, she has had over three decades of experience designing and teaching educational technology courses. Dr. Yoder coined the term “Electronic Constructivism” and has written numerous publications on emerging technologies and how to thoughtfully and creatively integrate them into existing curricula. Dr. Yoder has been a blog contributor to ISTE’s EdTekHub and has presented nationally and internationally on innovative and promising technologies, as well as strategies to promote creativity. She has presented at NECC and ISTE since 1988.

Session description

 Not since banning calculators has a technology caused as much concern. Will it lead to massive cheating? The real challenge, and opportunity, for educators, is to develop thoughtful assignments leading to original, creative work. This will be a fast moving summary of the challenges and benefits of these powerful tools.

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is to inform educators about ChatGPT and other similar artificial intelligence applications. It will also address the concerns teachers have about it being used by students to cheat. Detection tools will be described and evaluated. The most time will be spent on providing participants with a wide variety of ideas for classroom use, covering al grade levels and subject areas.

The AI technology used for this session is a web site. Other resources will include lesson plans, articles, news videos, and interviews. Links to these will be included
Because this application is new, there has not been a great deal of formal research completed. There have been many scholarly articles written, along with editorials and review.
Evidence of success At this time, there is anecdotal and factual information about students using AI in schools.

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I. Introduction (5)

A. Explanation of format

B. Links will be shared

C. Agenda - list of topics
II. What is ChatGPT and how does it work? (10)
III. Timeline - November, 2002 to the present (5)
IV. Why are educators concerned? (5)
V. Should it be banned? (5) Audience engagement - Discussion
VI. Can it be detected? (5)
VII. How can we teach with it and explore its benefits? (10) Audience engagement - peer to peer
VIII. Constructivism: The Importance of a good question (5)
IX Historical Perspective: The skill of framing good questions (5)
X. Final thoughts (5) Audience engagement - Contest

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Supporting research

Artificial intelligence
My research is grounded in constructivist and experiential learning theory, developed and influenced by John Dewey, Lev Vygotsky, Jean Piaget, Jerome Bruner, and Montessori. Given the nature of emerging technologies, the majority of the articles and web sites cited will be less than three months old at the time of this presentation.

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Session specifications

Artificial Intelligence
Grade level:
Skill level:
Library media specialists, Principals/head teachers, Teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices useful
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials:
It is not required, but participants can load ChatGPT on their devices.
Subject area:
Language arts, Social studies
ISTE Standards:
For Educators:
  • Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
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