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CRAAP - AI In the Classroom - Volume IV

Updated: Dec 15, 2023

Note: If you're new to the series, read on (or refer to Post 1).

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It's no secret endurance is important to me. As an educator and consultant, it's my core mission. Essentially, endurance plays a pivotal role in various aspects of life, contributing significantly to personal growth, success, and overall well-being. A couple that come to mind in terms of the reasoning of this post series about enduring within the artificial intelligence frontier (in terms of education) include . . .

Achieving Goals: Many worthwhile goals require perseverance and resilience. Endurance helps individuals stay committed and overcome obstacles along the way. Whether it's in academics, career pursuits, or personal development, the ability to endure challenges is essential for progress.

Career Success: In the professional world, endurance is often key to success. It allows individuals to withstand the pressures, setbacks, and demands of their careers. Those who can persevere through challenges tend to excel and achieve their long-term career aspirations.

Personal Growth: Endurance contributes significantly to personal growth and self-improvement. It enables individuals to push beyond their comfort zones, embrace discomfort, and take on new challenges. This continual growth is essential for self-development.

Leadership and Decision-making: Endurance is a quality often admired in leaders. Leaders who exhibit endurance inspire confidence, navigate uncertainties, and make steadfast decisions even in challenging situations.

In essence, endurance is not merely about enduring hardships; it's about the ability to persist, grow, and thrive despite challenges, ultimately leading to personal development and success in various facets of life . . . in this case, the educational frontier.

There's no shortage of artificial intelligence applications currently, and the pool to choose from is growing by the minute. For the purpose of this post, we will focus on validating information found on artificial platforms, such as Chat GPT.

While I'm sure there are other manners in which to do so, one easy way to check the validity of the information you're provided through Chat GPT, etc. is the CRAAP test. Overall, generative AI content can often be unreliable. These tools can often produce content that sounds credible, but is inaccurate, false, flawed, simplistic, out of date or even biased. Writing generated by an AI does not identify or link to the original sources of the content. Being able to evaluate the credibility of your sources is an essential aspect of academic writing.

As with all sources of information you use for your study, a critical evaluation of the resource should be undertaken. One tool I (and my students) use for this is the CRAAP test - Currency, Relevancy, Authority, Accuracy and Purpose. 

Let's try it shall we?

Prompt: What is one key impact of China's one child policy?

Chat GPT Response:

China's one-child policy, implemented in 1979 and officially phased out in 2015, has had significant impacts on various aspects of Chinese society. Here is one key effect of the policy:

  1. Population control: The primary objective of the one-child policy was to control China's population growth. By restricting most couples to having only one child, the policy successfully slowed down population growth, preventing an estimated 400 million births over its duration.

CRAAP: For my students, I have them pick a few CRAAP elements to focus on. In this case (for them), I believe looking closer at less or more optimal.

Step 1 - Highlight key elements or facts that you want to validate.

Step 2 - Choose CRAAP Components

Step 3 - Do Your Research (Authority, Currency, Relevancy)

Step 4 - Draw Conclusions of Validity of Information

Step 5 - Reflect

*Reflection is perhaps the most important step in this entire process. Reflection is crucial for personal growth, learning, and development. It involves taking time to contemplate, analyze, and evaluate experiences, thoughts, actions, or situations. Reflect on this experience, to extract meaningful lessons and insights. By examining what worked well and what didn’t, you can gain a deeper understanding of future creations, enabling you to make more informed decisions in the future.

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Be on the lookout for Part 5 in this new blog post series from Teach4Endurance!


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