Welcome to day ten of the 2023 Appvent calendar where today we will focus on EduGPT.
AI tool of the day:
EduGPT aims to provide a safe platform that teachers can use to create learning resources through trained chatbots. It also features a collection of chatbots which can help teachers learn how to use popular classroom EdTech tools.
It’s an interesting concept as it attempts to make the human-bot interaction more authentic. A free account can be created which provides 20,000 credits. Full info on pricing is available on the EduGPT site.
Given the fast pace of AI development, we felt it important to share that if you do have a ChatGPT Plus subscription, you can make your own Chatbots, such as those on EduGPT which can then be shared with colleagues who also have a ChatGPT Plus account, however these shouldn’t be used by students.
As we share at the end of each of our posts too, before using any tools such as these it is imperative that you check with your data protection officer to ensure that these tools comply with your local and national data protection governance requirements, such as GDPR, for the uses you intend to use them for.
Creating educational resources
Using bots, EduGPT aims to connect teachers to virtual teaching assistants. These ‘teaching assistants’ have both a ‘face’ and a ‘name’ e.g. Miss Smith, Grade 6.
Audio can be used when chatting with these bots instead of text which might offer a more realistic experience for some teachers. Prompts can then be entered to create lesson plans, activities, worksheets, and other educational materials.
Learning to use EdTech
Many teachers find it difficult to learn new EdTech tools and become frustrated when looking on Google to try and work out how to accomplish something. EduGPT aims to remove this barrier through chatbots that are trained on specific platforms. The list of apps includes Canva, Kahoot, Google Classroom, ClassDojo and Twinkl.
Adding a human face to bots may break down barriers for certain teachers when using AI to create resources. Teachers might also be more inclined to trust their ‘go to person’ rather than a general faceless chat window.
A lot of valuable teacher time is wasted trying to work out how to accomplish certain tasks when using EdTech tools. EduGPT could really help teachers in this regard by providing accurate responses directly from a particular EdTech tool.
Considerations and Tips:
EduGPT is currently in Beta mode and consequently everything may not work as intended. It also means that new bots will continue to be added to the platform which are trained for specific roles.
At the bottom of the homepage the educational assistants are also categorised by subject and age which may help teachers ‘find their go-to person’.
Responses should be checked for reliability, validity and bias.
As with any new tool, educators should perform a risk assessment before using in an educational setting to ensure there are no issues in terms of data protection and privacy.
Learn more about EduGPT by visiting their website here.
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