Authentic Writing vs AI Writing

Is it safe to say, without evidence, that most writers don’t write for the pleasure alone, but for money? And if they write for money, as part of their work or to publish, then their end goal is financial remuneration, so they can make a living wage? (No, no it is not…see note at the end of this …

AI Fears: #AI is Not Friend to Higher Education Professors #HigherEd #Education #EdTech #AI

I have to admit I love the doom and gloom of this article, Memo to Faculty: AI is not your friend. A FlowChart: Stages of AI Adoption in Higher Education For fun, I cooked up this chart in Mermaid code (so much fun!): Key Points Some key points from the article as identified by Claude.ai; my …

AI in Education and Environment

This was an interesting article that dealt with more than AI’s impact on the environment. See included table for what other topics. For now, I found this the most compelling. Impact on Environment AI is reliant on a chain of extractive processes that are resource-intensive and with deleterious …

Share Knowledge with Perplexity Pages (Updated)

Amazing announcement from Perplexity today: Perplexity Pages, a simple way to turn your research into visually appealing articles. With formatted images and sections, Pages lets you share in-depth knowledge on any topic. Available now for Pro users and rolling out to all users soon! Creating a …

Done with Teaching

Someone on Facebook wrote: I think I am done teaching, any suggestions on a good career change for teachers? What are the teachers who left teaching doing now? That made me wonder, “Have you asked an AI for help?” So I asked on their behalf and got this: Sure, I understand how overwhelming it can …

Anthropic AI Agents

Over at The Verge, Kylie Robison writes: Anthropic is releasing a new feature for its AI chatbot Claude that will let anyone create an email assistant, a bot to purchase shoes, or other personalized solutions. It’s called “tool use” (or the nerdier “function calling”), and it hooks up to any …

AI In Schools: Misalignment of Values

Image source: Someone in a Facebook ChatGPT for Teachers group Great news, right? Custom GPTs will be usable by free users of ChatGPT, those custom GPTs will no longer be behind a paywall. The letter above was shared by an educator who is creating custom GPTs for his K-12 students to use. Can vs …

AI: Privacy is a Perk

It’s all about your privacy perspective, isn’t it? Free account? Expect none to little privacy, or whatever suits the vendor. Pro user? A possibility of privacy protection. Let’s juxtapose Ruben Hassid’s reaction to AI-powered video avatar with Perspective AI’s disclaimer to free users. See anything …

20 #AI School Scenarios: Scary or Not?

What are some of the problems with AI in schools? How would you resolve them? The Student’s Warning: A high school student warns you, a school board member, about the potential negative impacts of AI chatbots on student writing. Will you take action to address these concerns, or will you …

Teacher Use of AI for Grading

I loved this response to an educator’s question about AI use by teachers vs students. It is concise, to the point: You have a sound rationale for discouraging your students from using A.I. to draft their essays. As with many other skills, writing well and thinking clearly will improve through …

Perplexity has reached capacity?!?

The outage is on web and mobile; I became aware of it at 9:24 AM (Central) this morning when I tried to run the prompt enclosed in this blog. Of course, I had noticed some issues this morning at 6:22 AM (Central) when I submitted a prompt (simple question) and it froze. At the time, I was asking it …

AI Fears: Lacking Evidence, Part 4

In previous blog entries, I shared a list of AI fears. Did those fears have any evidence? This is part 4 where I share the AI fear and an AI’s response with AI evidence. Skeptical? Good. I won’t mention the problem with confirmation bias, only remind you of Trecek-King’s quote: …

AI Fears: Lacking Evidence, Part 3

In a previous blog entry, I shared a list of AI fears. But, when I ran it through Trecek-King’s FLOATER acronym, the AI megaprompt suggested that while well-reasoned, the fears lacked evidence. Of course, it’s not that the fears lacked evidence, but that MY original post was missing …

Comment Hoist: Attracting GenZ to Teaching

In a response to the post on Attracting GenZ to Teaching, responding to the question of “What Would It Take to Attract Gen Z to Teaching?,” Cass M made this comment: Is that for the US? I know a new hs grad in first year education, and the young man next door just finished his teaching …

AI Fears: Lacking Evidence, Part 2

In my previous blog entry, I shared a list of AI fears. But, when I ran it through Trecek-King’s FLOATER acronym, the AI megaprompt suggested that while well-reasoned, the fears lacked evidence. Of course, it’s not that the fears lacked evidence, but that MY original post was missing …

An AI in K12 Panel

Someone asked if I might consider serving on a panel discussing AI in K12 education. It occurred to me to ask ChatGPT 4o for a panel script. Since the result was a bit overly positive, I had to add an oppositional perspective to original output. I wanted to include topics like fears of AI in …

AI: Going Nuclear for Energy

building water- and energy-hungry datacenters to fuel the AI boom comes at the expense of our already overburdened planet. . .the AI industry may require an energy breakthrough in fusion or another technology Read more via Futurism

AI Fears: Lacking Evidence, Part 1

In an online course I co-developed, an educator wrote via AI the following question: What are we so afraid of in education that would make us not embrace this new technology in order to educate the future leaders of our world? A quick aside: Wow, it’s been so long since I posted something …

On AI-Generated Content

I don’t disagree with this… For my own part, I see no problem with AI-generated content if it’s accurate, well-written, and not intended to deceive. Via Stephen Downes, Stephen’s Web, OLDaily

AI Leads to Lower Academic Performance, Procrastination, Memory Loss

Is it time to stop pushing AI in schools? Research study: excessive use of generative AI tools like ChatGPT can lead to procrastination, memory loss, and lower academic performance, according to a recent study that asked, “Is it harmful or helpful?” “Over-reliance on external sources, including …

AI Thinkers: Identifying Core Competencies

Photo Credit: Undisclosed colleague “Why should we use coconut-plant liners in metal baskets for hanging plants?” I did a double-take. “Why would you want to do that?” I asked. But then, I realized I really knew nothing about coconut plant liners. Why would anyone use them? …

Prelude to AI Thinkers

From my perspective, these were the best insights from a brilliant article. The article is Our Students’ Future in an AI-World is Debatable. The more I read these, the more I see a roadmap for becoming an AI Thinker, a topic I will have to explore in another blog entry. As I read I read the key …

AI and Audible

This is worrisome news…I love the audio stories via Audible, especially narrators like R.C. Bray and John Lee. I sincerely hope other narrators won’t lose their jobs. I understand why it is happening but sigh. In November, Amazon announced a tool that lets authors transform their eBooks into …

3-2-1: Med-Gemini #AI

“Could the problem be pleurisy?” I was standing at the emergency room of a local hospital chatting with an ER doctor. A family member had been suffering something that was driving her crazy and sent her to emergency room several times, causing for sleepless nights. “Yes, it could …

Technology in Schools: A Long History of Issues

Should we even be using AI given the negative impact on climate, the environment, on disadvantaged people? Or, as Helgztech put it so delicately: And you’re comfortable with exploiting the labor of those whose work was scraped to create the AI output? The unacknowledged writers and artists? …