AI and Media Literacy

Why?

Because students are exposed to vast amounts of news and information in their daily lives and there is a rising potential for AI-generated content, it’s crucial to understand the nuances and implications of machine-authored news. This lesson enlightens students about the impact of tone on information absorption and helps them discern the authenticity and comprehensiveness of AI-written news reports.
Materials Needed Time needed 
  • Computers with internet access 
  • Whiteboard and markers or other place to record student responses
  • Worksheet with guiding questions (optional)
30 mins
Objectives
  • Students will be able to dissect and evaluate the content and tone of the AI-generated news report.
  • Students will be able to understand the influence of tone on information perception.
  • Students will be able to reflect on the capabilities and limitations of AI in the realm of news reporting.
Key Concepts & Vocabulary 

Artificial Intelligence: Computer systems able to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence.

Bias: Prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another.

Tone: The general character or attitude of a piece of writing.

Lesson  

Introduction (5 minutes)

  • Introduce the objective: understanding and critiquing an AI-generated news report.
  • Ask students about the importance of tone in news reporting and its influence on public perception. 

AI News Generation (5 minutes)

  • Ask students to suggest some current events that may be discussed on the news.
  • Prompt ChatGPT to write a paragraph about the chosen topic in the tone of a news report (ex.”write a paragraph about inflation as if you were a newscaster talking about it on tv “)
  • Project the paragraph for all students to read.

News Anchor Reading (2 minutes)

  • Select a student to read the paragraph aloud in the tone of a news anchor.

Class Dissection (12 minutes)

  • Engage in a class discussion, dissecting the content and tone of the news report.
  • Guiding Questions might include:
    • How does the tone affect how you perceive the information?
    • Are there any inaccuracies or misleading statements?
    • What did ChatGPT leave out that you think should be included in a story about this topic?

Reflection (6 minutes)

  • Ask students to reflect on the following:
    • How do you feel about AI’s ability to emulate the tone and style of news reporting?
    • What are the potential risks or benefits of using AI in news generation?
    • How has this activity informed your perspective on AI’s role in journalism?
Supplemental activity ideas

Different tones: Prompt ChatGPT to regenerate the same news report in different tones and discuss the impact of the different tones on the content. 

Compare and contrast: Provide students with a human-written news report and an AI-generated one without revealing the sources. Challenge them to identify which is which.

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