How ChatGPT Will Change the Homeschooling Classroom

How ChatGPT Will Change the Homeschooling Classroom

In this article we will look at the new GhatGPT feature and the future of homeschooling from the perspectives of technology, lesson planning, and assessments.

ChatGPT stands for  Converstaional History and Time Generative Pre-training,  and gathers its information from pre-exisiting sources of knowledge such as books, published articles, and of course websites. 

Will ChatGPT make a negative impact on homeschooling?

Whenever major evolutions in society happen, self learning seems to be the testing groud to whether or not it survives and thrives.


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The Connection Between Technology and Homeschooling

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The introduction of technology is a prime example of this evolution in society.

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When calculators first made its appearance in the 1970s, there were concerns that it would bring about “learning loss” in students’ abilities to use “mental math”.

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However, calculators have proven to us that they are only as smart as their user.

The calculator was designed to deal with simplifiying calculations down to the basic functions in math (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division), therefore using the calculator was meant to save time, not decrease knowledge. 

However, the knowledge the calculator provided would be useless unless the students understood the proper steps to finding answers themselves.

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The same argument can be made for using ChatGPT and the future of homeschooling. 

The next logical question may be:

How can we know that what is shared by ChatGPT is actually true.

Students need to understand the homeschooling teacher can verify what they are learning is actually true.

Homeschooling Teachers vs. Technology

With the introduction of the Internet in the 20th century, the idea was that teachers would become obsolete as the Internet would take their place when it comes to teaching and learning.

Students wouldn’t need to attend pay attention to what the teacher was saying in the classroom since the Internet could teach them what they needed to know.

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However, online learning during the pandemic of 2020 proved that most students still prefer to be in the physical presence of a teacher while learning. 

Technology may make learning easier, but it has yet to show the emotional connections humans need to build their confidence and enthusiasm towards their learning.

Therefore, the idea of ChatGPT making its way into education and the future of classrooms, should not be cause for concerns that it may replace teachers or take over lesson planning as teachers know it.

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ChatGPT and Lesson Planning in the Classroom

While it has not come to pass that teachers are obsolete, it has changed the way teachers approach teaching, which has led to more student-centered approaches to learning.

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Teachers do have the responsibility of making lesson plans that are engaging to homeschooling students.

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Lesson plans are meant to have students build on their important life skills, which include: problem solving, organization, communication, time management, and critical thinking. 

While ChatGPT may make generating lesson plans easier, it doesn’t provide the opportunity for using these life skills to create teachable moments in the homeschooling classroom. 

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Teachable moments come unexpectedly and are amazing opportunities for teachers to share knowledge on topics students may be curious about that were not part of the inital lesson plan.

ChatGPT and Homeschooling Assessments

As teachers know, an essential part to lesson planning involves assessments, which is focus on measures for learning. 

Learning can be measured in different ways and at different times. When teachers measure students knowledge through on-going activities they are looking for real-time growth when it comes to learning. 

These measures are known as formative assessments, and they help teachers and students form understanding around what works with teaching and leanring and what does not. 

Assessments done in class, even through the use of edtech tools, make them an acceptable way to measure learning.

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However, essay assignments, projects, presentations, that students can do at home need to be modified thanks to ChatGPT. 

Teachers should make it clear to students that how they present assignments, projects, and presentations, has to focus on what they have benefited from in doing these assignments, rather than presenting solely on the information they gathered, now that ChatGPT can do all the work for them.

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ChatGPT may provide you with the knowledge, but know that this knowledge will become useless if you can not see how it benefits your life and how you can benefit the lives of others through gaining knowledge. 

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Final Thoughts…

The contributions technology has brought into our world of education were always meant to make access to knowledge easier.

The future of homeschooling will continue to involve technology, and this is just futher opportunity for adminsitrations, teachers, parents, and students to grow together.

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Technology should never be thought of as a replacement for how human beings act towards each other.

Once our society allows for the complete domination of technology in our lives to the point where we don’t have to value knowledge, we have lost what humanity can teach one another.

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Instructional Videos To Use in the Homeschooling Classroom

Instructional Videos To Use in the Homeschooling Classroom

Homeschooling is a personalized educational journey, and in the digital age, instructional videos have emerged as a powerful friend for homeschooling parents.

Memorable instructional videos offer an engaging way to deliver lessons on various subjects. In articel introduction, we present our own instructional videos to help support homeschooling parents, providing a flexible and effective means to supplement their teaching efforts.

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One important topic in the homeschooling classroom revloves around mental and physical health in education.

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In the ever-expanding landscape of homeschooling, the quest for engaging and enriching educational resources is paramount.

Enter MasterClass, a platform renowned for offering expert-led video courses across various disciplines. These masterclass videos, delivered by accomplished professionals and experts in their fields, have the potential to be a game-changer for homeschooling classrooms.

By signing up, parents can explore how MasterClass videos can serve as a valuable supplement to the homeschooling curricula, providing a unique blend of expertise, inspiration, and real-world insights that can elevate the learning experience for students in the comfort of their homes.

Let’s take a look at one example: Bill Nye the Science Guy!

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Bill Nye, otherwise known as the “Science Guy,” brings his infectious enthusiasm and wealth of scientific knowledge to MasterClass, offering a captivating learning experience.

In his MasterClass, Bill Nye delves into the wonders of science, breaking down complex concepts into digestible, engaging lessons.

As an expert communicator, Nye not only imparts scientific principles but also instills a passion for discovery and critical thinking. Whether explaining fundamental scientific theories or conducting captivating experiments,

Bill Nye’s MasterClass is a treasure trove for learners of all ages, providing a unique opportunity to learn science from a charismatic and celebrated educator.

We highlight Bill Nye because for us, he has proven over time to be a trusted source for science learning.

And now on to our categories of instructional videos.

Categories of Instructional Videos

Homeschooling parents both new and experienced can benefit from our categories of instructional videos that aim to help learning after the pandemic of 2020.

The videos we share on our website are meant to be used as resource tools to support parents in the field of homeschooling.

We now present important categories we beleive help with teacher development and building morale and self-efficacy in teachers.

I. Teacher Readiness

In this section we look at what teachers should know before they enter the classroom, how to setup the classroom, and important first day activities.

II. Classroom Management

In this section we look at the meaning of classroom management, its connection to discipline strategies, and the main differences between the two concepts.

III. Teaching Methodologies

In this section we look at the best approaches to teaching subjects in the classroom.

IV. Teacher – Student Relationships

In this section we look at the importance of developing and nurturing effective relationships between teachers and students that help foster a safe learning environment.

V. Assessments in Education

In this section we look at effective ways to approach building formative and summative assessments in the traditional and online classrooms.

VII. The Online Classroom

In this section we look at using the right tools and assessments for teaching in the online environment.

VIII. Teacher Mental Health

In this section we look at building and nurturing teacher mindset through looking at the importance of mental health and teacher identity

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Classroom Readiness and the Homeschool Classroom

Classroom Readiness and the Homeschool Classroom

In this article we look at classroom readiness in the homeschool classroom and what parents need to know when getting their classroom ready.

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Getting your homeschool classroom ready also helps to make classroom management all that much easier for teachers and students in the long run.

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A Classroom Ready Checklist

Here we look a the different sections of the checklist that will help with classroom readiness.

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Homeschool Classroom Designs

Homeschool classrooms come in all shapes and sizes, with or without technology, and can be simple or extravagant.

In present times however, technology is a staple in most classrooms and so it is important to include them in the checklist as classroom materials.

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I. Classroom Materials

The materials we list here will depend on how your homeschool enviornment is designed and for the intended grades. However, the items listed are meant to be suitable for any grade level in middle school and subject specific classrooms.

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II. Cleaning Supplies

Cleaning supplies can be considered such that the homeschool enviornment should include; kleenex boxes, hand sanitizers, and trash or garbage bins.

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Research shows that when spaces are clean, it is easier to teach and learn.

It is important that children take responsibility in keeping their areas clean at all times, and not to leave it to others to keep it clean at all times.

 

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III. Homeschool Classroom Supplies

Classroom supplies are probably the most important supplies teachers need behind cleaning supplies.

It is important to stress to your students (i.e your children in most cases) to be responsible when using school supplies to class each day.

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IV. Classroom Rules

While we would not normally see classroom rules as an issue in the homeschooling environment, it is nevertheless a good idea to establish rules, especially when homeschooling other children.

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The first rule in creating a safe teaching and learning environment is to have children show respect to everyone in the classroom. Use this checklist to be sure the most important rules have been covered with the children.

 

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V. Classroom Tools

Classroom tools are meant to add visual aids to the lessons planned by the teacher.

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These tools can also be referred to as ‘manipulatives’ that students can use independently or in groups to help with understanding and/or presenting information in the classroom.

VI. Classroom Shelves

The best place to store classroom tools are on classroom shelves!

Shelves are also important to include textbooks or workbooks that students may need from time to time so that their classroom desks are not overcrowded, and for easy access to tools.

However, the two main reasons are for safety reasons and for making the classroom more visually appealing!

VII. Classroom Desks

Keeping the tops of desks clean is a given in order for proper learning to take place.

But equally as important to keep clean are the desks that include spaces for students to put materials on the inside. Keeping clean means keeping things organized!

Students should know as part of classroom rules that they need to respect the space they sit in and not write any messages or drawings on the desks or chairs. And of course no gum left behind!

VIII. Reading Books

A classroom library is essential for children in the elementary years since it gives easy access to building critical thinking skills.

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Classroom libraries can also be useful for older children as a source of resources for presentations or research they may need to do in class.

IX. Teacher’s Desk

A teacher’s desk that is too comfortable may be hard to leave, but there are important items that teachers need to make teaching easier.

This desk should not be overcrowded with unnecessary items or messy as it is the example students will look to when keeping their desks clean, especially in the early years.

X. Safety Rules

It goes without saying that children should be aware of the symbols for safety in the classroom.

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As part of the safety rules, children should be made aware of classroom procedures when entering and leaving the classroom, and how to manage their chairs (if they are not attached to the desks).

XI. Notes

In this place, teachers can keep track of what may need to be added to the list that was not mentioned in the original list.

Keeping this checklist will also help keep teachers organized in the classroom!

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Final Thoughts…

The classroom checklist provided is meant to be a guide to helping parents with setting up their classrooms and see what is necessary and what may not be for their classroom.

Making use of the classroom checklist we offer will help make keeping things organized so much easier, and this is our way of saying thank you to teachers who already do so much!

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What Parents Should Know About Hybrid Classrooms

What Parents Should Know About Hybrid Classrooms

In this article we will look at the pros and cons behind hybrid classrooms and what parents should know about when their children are part of this classroom.

The idea of a hybrid classroom may have existed before the COVID pandemic of 2020, but it really gathered attention as a means to reopening classrooms to in-person classrooms after two forced years of online classrooms.

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Tools for the Hybrid Classroom

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The Hybrid Effect and Parents

As education continues to evolve, the creation of hybrid classrooms has become a prevalent topic of discussion among parents.

The hybrid model, blending in-person and online learning, presents a unique approach to education.

However, with innovation comes uncertainty, and parents find themselves contemplating the potential impact on their children’s learning experiences.

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In this article, we explore the benefits and challenges of this educational model, we aim to provide insight into the considerations parents may want to weigh as they navigate the landscape of modern education.

What is a Hybrid Classroom?

The word “hybrid” simply means a mix between two certain characteristics pertaining to a concrete or an abstract idea.

Let’s take the idea of classrooms.

Hybrid classrooms therefore, are a mix of “in-person” classrooms and “online” classrooms.

The year 2020 saw students studying in online classrooms for the majority of the time.

The year 2021 saw a gradual return to in-person classrooms, but keeping the online classroom option open for students who were unable to attend the in-person classes due to COVID restrictions.

And so the hybrid classroom became a style of classroom that some teachers worldwide were now expected to teach in.

How are Hybrid Classrooms Different from Blended or Flipped Classrooms?

Hybrid classrooms are different from blended or flipped classrooms in the way teaching with technology is done.

Hybrid classrooms use technology to teach students physically present in the classroom and those attending virtually at the same time.

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Blended classrooms have all students attend physically and are taught their lesson through technology, but their assessments such as: projects, assignments, and tests are done and graded online.

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These measures of assessments can be done online by students sitting physically in the classroom or when they are at home.

Flipped classrooms have all students learn lessons at home and at their own pace through videos their teacher prepares online, and then they physically attend the classroom to complete assessments such as; projects, assignments, or tests.

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The Pros of Hybrid Classrooms

In mentioning the pros to a hybrid classroom, we can also see how students can overcome the stress of learning along with teachers teaching in the hybrid classroom.

I. The Opportunity To Learn is Unchallenged

The one real advantage to hybrid classroom is that no student is left behind. Students who are unable to attend the in-person classroom for any reason, may attend virtually so as to not miss an important lesson.

Therefore teachers can keep all students up-to-date as to what is happening in the classroom and not have to re-explain the material to students who missed attending the class.

II. Classwork is Done Online

Teachers teaching in the hybrid classroom should also be given digital copies of the textbook or have worksheets available online so that when students are completing tasks independently or in a mixed group setting (in-person and online), students are looking at the same material.

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Teachers therefore can prepare only one set of materials for students instead of having students work on two different kinds of materials.

They can also use virtual whiteboards that are projected on screen for students in the in-person classroom to see as well.

III. Lessons are Recorded

When teachers have started the virtual part of the classroom, they can also record the lesson so that if students come late to the in-person or online classroom, students can watch the lessons later so they catch up on what they missed.

The Cons of Hybrid Classrooms

In mentioning the cons to a hybrid classroom, we can also see how teachers can recognize the stress factors with teaching in the hybrid classroom, so that they can deal with the impacts to mental health.

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I. Energy in the Homeschool Classroom

The energy level needed to teach in a hybrid classroom supersedes those needed to teach in an in-person classroom and that of teaching in an online classroom.

We all need energy to get us through the day, there is no question about that. In the classroom, energy is closely tied to the motivation to get things done.

In the in-person classroom, students can feed off of the energy given by other students or the teacher and if the lesson is done right, the energy levels are high, and everyone is having a good time in the classroom.

With the on-line classroom, building student energy can be much more of a challenge because of the need to keep focused.

If the students are just expected to listen to the teacher talk, in the online classroom, the need to focus is challenged at much higher level because of the power of technology.

Teachers therefore, can find it next to impossible in finding the right balance of teaching to an in-person student compared to the online student.

A recommendation here would be for the teacher to keep instructions to a minimum and use interactive activities help re-enforce learning objectives and outcomes to help keep the energy level of students high

II. One Group May Be Ignored

As with technology, sometimes things don’t go according to plan, and so having students who are in the in-person classroom wait (and technically become ignored), while students in the online classroom is set up can be a challenge to classroom management.

When a teacher is speaking with the in-person students, he or she may unconsciously forget about the students online and vice versa.

It is hard as a teacher to split your attention between the two groups of students.

Therefore, it is recommended that teachers use material and learning tools that can be seen and used by both groups at the same time.

This can allow for more interactive interactions between students in both classrooms.

III. Monitoring Two Classrooms At the Same Time

When it is time for students to do their work, how can the teacher split the time between helping students in the online classroom, and helping those in the in-person classroom?

It sometimes happens that teachers who use material online to teach, may find themselves at their desk most of the time, instead of walking around in observing students

This is where the help of classroom jobs comes in as part of classroom management.

One classroom job given may be as classroom helper.

This is given to one student in either classroom who finishes their work first, and therefore can be ready to help others with any questions if the teacher is already busy helping another student.

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Final Thoughts…

The ideal classroom is still the in-person classroom because of the fact that human beings are social creatures and we need the energy that comes with interacting with others.

However, the technology that has become essential to our everyday lives is not going anywhere and will remain an ever greater part of education as the years go by.

This is part of the truth to online classrooms that has bothered so many teachers.

They feel like technology is in charge of the online classroom and not them.

The feeling is real for any teacher who has tried teaching online.

Therefore, as teaching or learning in a hybrid classroom is not an easy task, and we recommend that patience be a key ingredient in handling such classrooms, as they can be overwhelming for those not versed in technology.

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How To Maximize Summative Assessments in the Homeschool Classroom

How To Maximize Summative Assessments in the Homeschool Classroom

In this article we focus on summative assessments, their connection to learning, and how best to use them in any classroom.

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Assessments provide important feedback on learning, and so lesson plans must include references to them in order to be effective. 

In understanding at assessments, we look at how assessments are defined, their connection to skills building through proper questions, and how best to use them in any classroom.

The Purpose of Summative Assessments

In this article we look to understand the purpose behind summative assessments.

This will make it easier to see how to use them to bring out the best in students and their abilities.

Once teachers use assessments to understand their students better, then they can begin to introduce  differentiated instruction methods to help students be at their best.

With summative assessments, the root word of sum or “total” means that the intent of this assessment is to conclude a students’ overall understanding on a particular chapter or unit of study. 

The most common type of summative assessments are:

  • chapter or unit tests
  • mid-term exams
  • final exams
  • final projects
  • final presentations

These types of assessment are considered formal, and feedback is only offered in certain situations. 

For example, if the teacher decides to offer it to the entire class, or to individual students who seek it out, or to the student who is at  risk of failing the class.

Summative assessments often bring anxiety to students, especially when it comes to time to taking the test. 

Teachers who have worked well with students during the formative assessments may find that the results of the summative assessments are much higher.

So it’s important for teachers to recognize the benefits of formative assessments and in giving regular feed back to their students. 

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Summative Assessments In The Online Classroom

The online learning environment makes access easier to finding answers to questions. 

Methods of assessments need to change. This is one struggle online teachers seemed to have little to no control over.

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Teachers in the online classroom found they had less control as to what their students are doing while at home.

And so when they ask a question, how can they be sure this question won’t be shared with others through their mobile phones to help get answers to questions?

So then the question remains, how should summative assessments change in the online classroom? 

The answer is to have more open-ended cumulative tasks over traditional test questions such as multiple choice, matching, or fill-in-the-blanks.

Open-ended questions are harder to cheat from than closed-ended questions. 

Some examples of summative tasks that can replace traditional test questions include;

  • presentations
  • writing essays
  • short answers

In the end, if students are going to cheat they will try regardless if it’s in the in-person class or in the online class. 

In order to minimize this from happening in either classroom, teachers need to emphasize to students the consequences for anyone caught cheating before beginning the actual assessments.

One other strategy that works in trying to stop students from cheating during an online assessment is to create the assessment with “how easy is it to cheat” in mind!

Formative vs. Summative Assessments

Effective assessments, whether they be formative or summative in nature, always do one thing, and that is to motivate and inspire students to be the best they can be with their abilities. 

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Final Thoughts…

Assessments in education help guide policy decisions, and are meant to improve on teaching and learning strategies. There is no one size fits all type of assessment as learners have different preferred styles of learning. 

Summative assessments in education help give the necessary feedback to students when it comes to how well they understood the concepts in the unit.

However, more effective summative assessments cover the varying learning styles students can have.

Summative assessments of this nature may be more complicated than standardized tests, but in the end the benefits of the more open-ended assessments help students develop more divergent thinking.

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