- Computers with internet access
- Whiteboard and markers or other place to record student responses
- Worksheet with guiding questions (optional)
- Students will be able to describe how ChatGPT and similar AI models generate content related to historical events and figures.
- Students will be able to critically evaluate AI-generated content to identify accuracy, biases, and omissions.
- Students will be able to articulate their insights on the advantages and limitations of using AI as a source of historical information.
|Key Concepts & Vocabulary
|Artificial Intelligence: Computer systems able to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence.
Bias in AI: Systematic and repeatable errors in AI outputs, influenced by the data used to train the model.
- Introduction (5 minutes)
- Briefly explain the purpose of the lesson: to assess the reliability and accuracy of AI-generated content in the context of history.
- AI Generation (5 minutes)
- Choose a historical event or figure that the class has been studying.Use ChatGPT to generate a description of the chosen topic.
- Project the output so all students can read it.
- Class Dissection (12 minutes)
- Distribute the handout with the guiding questions or write/project the following questions on the board:
- How is this person/event portrayed?
- What information needs to be verified?
- What did ChatGPT leave out that you would have included?
- Are there any potential biases in the portrayal? If so, what might be their origin
- Read the AI-generated content aloud and lead a discussion with the students based on the guiding questions Encourage students to point out inaccuracies, omissions, and biases
- Reflection (5 minutes)
- Ask students to reflect on the following questions, individually, in pairs, or as a class:
- What did you learn about the way AI presents historical information?
- How does this AI-generated content compare to other sources you’ve studied?
- How might you approach AI-generated content in the future, in light of this exercise?
- Wrap-Up (3 minutes)
- Summarize the class findings. Emphasize the importance of cross-referencing information and being critical consumers of AI-generated content.Highlight the need for continued AI literacy, especially as technology continues to evolve.
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