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Can AI enhance teaching and learning?

Written by: David Pearson and Fiona Yardley
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DAVID PEARSON, THE JOHN WALLIS ACADEMY, UK FIONA YARDLEY, CANTERBURY CHRIST CHURCH UNIVERSITY, UK Not even ChatGPT can predict the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) in classrooms. Will it help teachers? Will it enhance learners’ critical engagement? Will students lose motivation and the ability to write independently? ChatGPT was made available by OpenAI in November 2022 and has seen incredibly fast take-up in the short time in which it has been available (Milmo, 2023). The pace of change is so high that it is imperative to address these questions. We undertook action research that sought to use ChatGPT-generated resources in a live teaching context, so that we – and our students – could reflect on these questions. We wanted to see whether, by interacting with answers to exam questions generated by AI, students would feel more confident, improve their factual knowledge and develop their ability to write an answer to a GCSE question. We chose to work with a Year 10 scie

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