Internet Travels

Of bits and bytes is my weekly round up of interesting links and ideas I discovered on the internet. It is published on Mondays for the previous week

Apps

It’s not the flashiest app in existence, but Audacity has been the go to audio editor for many. Unfortunately, it wasn’t possible to use on Chromebooks or without installing before now. Wavacity is a port of Audacity for the web, allowing you to use many of its tools from any device with a browser, including Chromebooks.

Pedagogy

Here’s some surprising research into figuring out whenther smiling can boost creativity. It’s a leap that the author takes, but one I believe should be studied further.

OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT, has released a guide for teaching with AI (h/t Larry Ferlazzo). It has some great tips on what to expect from ChatGPT and how you and your students can use it in the classroom. One big takeaway: AI detectors don’t work.

Just like the pandemic forced changes in working from home and remote collaboration, ChatGPT could be the force behind changes in teaching high school English (Archive Link).

Technology

ChatGPT and it’s ilk are not people, but everyone is testing them like they are.

Building on the work of others before it has helped ChatGPT outperform college students in Computer Science.

Researchers are investigating ChatGPT and other Large Language Models in their role in education and have released a paper about how to integrate AI into educational frameworks.

Tips

Google has released a guide for using Google Chrome as a college student. I don’t know why they geared it toward college students because students of all ages can use at least one of the tips.

Pop Culture

Politicians have been looking at forcing age verification on some sites, but that is a difficult problem to solve if you want to keep it private.

Do you have think it’s more difficult to pay attention today?

Pot Pourri

One downside of technology is the problem of infinite choices.

Extra Credit

Here are extra links that I found interesting that may or may not be education related or interesting to you and I didn’t want to lose them.


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