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Ed3 Weekly Issue #69: A Whole New World
How teachers are managing the psychological shifts of new technology
Hello web3 and education friends,
With the new school year starting up new responsibilities have come my way. I will be testing out a new format to help maintain a weekly cadence for this newsletter. Rather than providing summaries of four resources and an introduction, I will focus the newsletter on one primary resource.
I will still link to 2-3 other resources for you to check out, but I will not be doing detailed summaries of them. This new format will still give you access to curated articles on web3 and the future of education and allow me to feel like I have the capacity to keep sharing with all of you!
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This article delves into the evolution of education in light of technological advancements, particularly focusing on the integration of generative artificial intelligence (AI) in educational settings. The author, as dean of the College of University Libraries and Learning Services at the University of New Mexico, shares firsthand experiences of experimenting with AI tools amidst budget constraints and staff skepticism. Central to the discussion is the human psychological resistance to technological change, rooted in fears of the unknown and concerns about the depersonalization of a traditionally human-centric field.
The dean initiated an experimental GPT-4 exploration program, allowing staff to interact with AI tools in their daily tasks. Reflecting on this journey, the author underscores the importance of transparent communication, leading by example, and empathy to successfully navigate the AI integration in education. The ultimate message is that the challenge lies not in whether to adopt AI, but how to do so while addressing innate human concerns and emotions.
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