Tuesday, December 13, 2022

A Short Overview of ChatGPT

Yesterday I published Ten Canva Features for Students - An Experiment. The first part of the experiment was publishing a blog post that was written entirely by the artificial intelligence platform ChatGPT. The second part of the experiment was to compare the visits to that blog post with those of blog posts on the same topic. That part is still a work in progress. In the meantime, I thought I'd share a short overview of ChatGPT (not written by me, not ChatGPT). 

ChatGPT is an artificial intelligence tool that will create documents for you based on some minimal input from you. For example, I simply typed into ChatGPT "Ten Canva Features for Students" and got the article that you saw yesterday. ChatGPT can also be used to create poems like this one about the sunglasses worn by Geraint Thomas

With a little tweaking of what you put into ChatGPT you can create longer articles than the one that I published yesterday. A simple, "tell me more" or "what about X" can generate more material from ChatGPT. 

Later this week I'm going to publish a longer article about the potential good and bad of tools like ChatGPT. Until then, take a look at the video embedded below to see how it works. 

Video - A Short Overview of ChatGPT

Color Our Collections - National Portrait Gallery Coloring Pages

Color Our Collections is a feature of the Smithsonian Learning Lab. Within the collection you will find coloring pages based on some of the art work housed by the Smithsonian. One of the sets of coloring pages that was recently featured in a Smithsonian Learning Lab email was this collection of coloring pages based on portraits housed in the National Portrait Gallery

Some of the portraits included in the National Portrait Gallery coloring pages are of Rosa Parks, Thelonious Monk, Thomas Edison, and George Washington. Each coloring page in the collection appears next to an image of the original portrait. By clicking on the image of the portrait students can read about the person featured in the portrait. The description accompanying each portrait also includes some information about the artist who painted the portrait. 

Like most collections in the Smithsonian Learning Lab, the National Portrait Gallery coloring pages can be shared in your LMS of choice and can be embedded into pages within your own website.  

Applications for Education
Having students color some of the National Portrait Gallery coloring pages could be a nice way for young students to be introduced to some significant people in U.S. history.

The New York Academy of Medicine has a similar collection of historical images that have been turned into coloring pages for students. You can learn more about that collection in this blog post.

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