ChatGPT: The New Calculator

Reagan Mischka

OpenAI’s ChatGPT has been making waves in the education sector, with many schools exploring the potential of this powerful language model to enhance the learning experience for students.

ChatGPT is a machine learning model that can generate natural language text, making it capable of answering questions, writing essays, and even composing poetry. This technology is being used in schools to assist with language learning and writing assignments, providing students with personalized feedback and helping to improve their writing skills.

Some schools have also been using ChatGPT to create interactive language learning activities, such as conversation simulations and language games. The model’s ability to understand and respond to natural language input allows students to practice their language skills in a more realistic and engaging way.

Teachers have reported that ChatGPT has been a valuable tool in their classrooms, as it has helped to improve student engagement and motivation. The technology has also made it easier for teachers to provide personalized feedback to students, as it can quickly and accurately assess the quality of their writing.

While the use of ChatGPT in schools is still in its early stages, many educators are optimistic about the potential of this technology to revolutionize the way we teach and learn languages. As more and more schools explore the capabilities of ChatGPT, it is likely that this technology will become an increasingly common feature in classrooms around the world.


AI is also known as artificial intelligence. The first AI was created in 1955 by Herbert Simon and Allen Newell. For 68 years humans have had access to the tools to create something as smart, or smarter than humans.

Open AI was created in December of 2015 by Elon Musk, Sam Altman, Ilya Sutskever, and Wojciech Zaremba. Their goal was to create an AI that is safe, secure, and able to perform human tasks at a high level. They want it to be easily accessible and perhaps one day outperform humans in some economic fields.

Taking a deeper look into AI, ChatGPT can, and already does, have a major impact on schools and essay writing. The software can go both ways in the education field. AI can be used to both improve society and worsen it through cheating.

AI is advancing at a rapid rate, and because of that it could mean several things for the educational world. On one hand, it can be helpful to students who struggle with subjects. They can go to ChatGPT and get the help they need with math, English, science, foreign languages, etc. It can do several things to help. 

On the flip side, it can do a lot of damage. Students can use it, in simple terms, to cheat. The same things that ChatGPT uses to help, can do damage. Students can use it to write English essays, solve their math problems, and a variety of other things.

When asked to read the previous article, English teacher Mrs. Sarah Aleckson said she was surprised by it all. At first she believed that it was an article that I had written and she was reading over the final copy to try and catch errors. When she was done reading it, she said it was well written and there was nothing wrong with it, “I guess without having much understanding of AI, I was not immediately recognizing it. I think for a student whose writing style I’m familiar with, I could tell, but one who I’m not, no I couldn’t tell it was AI,” said Aleckson.

Across the education spectrum, schools and universities are, in real time, reacting to ChatGPT’s potential as a tool or its enticing ability to help people cheat. 

Jordan Whitsett, when told, had the reaction of immense surprise, “I honestly it was written by a student. I’m not sure how to put it, but it’s like put in a certain format that automatically makes you think it’s by a student.” She had explained it seemed like something I had written and took awhile to do. The grammar was perfect, it was structured and worded well. That was one of the reasons it seemed so human to Jordan. She never would’ve known, as there weren’t any giveaways of not being human.

ChatGPT has already advanced so far. The article that has been written and published is the second time the same prompt has been run through the AI two weeks later. 

The first time it was put through, the article was only 166 words long. The second article is 228 words long, 62 words more than the first article. 

In a short span of time, the AI is already getting better and progressing its database. As of right now, ChatGPT can only rely on data entered by humans and not the internet. The system has its flaws and warns the users at the start of sessions that because it’s run by humans, and takes the data from that, the data output may be both inaccurate and biased. 

AI can be used in more than just school, and has already made an appearance in the government. ChatGPT has been used by the U.S. Rep. Jake Auchincloss to deliver a speech in The House of Representatives. His speech was about establishing an U.S-Israel AI center. Because of the topic of the bill, Auchincloss decided to let ChatGPT write the speech and delivered it.

ChatGPT has been used in several different ways, and it still continues to be used in countless more. The AI can write speeches spoken in the government, make recipes, write patterns, speak in another language, solve math problems, console people struggling with a variety of things, and write essays.

ChatGPT and other AI websites could mean the end of essay writing in school systems. With a way to write an essay in minutes at the fingertips of students all over the world, it makes it near impossible to know who, or what in this matter, wrote the essay.

There are people working in real time to combat this problem and detect AI writing in work. Edward Tian, a student at Princeton, created a software that detects the use of AI in writing. The software is named GPTZero, it’s main goal is to find AI written texts and expose them.

Turn It In, a company used to detect plagiarism in schools is creating a similar software to detect the use of AI in school with the rise of ChatGPT. The software hasn’t yet been completed, but it’s expected to be soon.

The high demand of the AI is often leaving the servers slow and unavailable due to the high amount of traffic it receives as well as generating the perfect response to the question typed in.

ChatGPT is simple to use. It asks you to create an account before using it, and once you do you have access to everything. All a person would need to do is enter a prompt in the little chat box at the bottom of the screen before the AI is able to write a response in real time.

AI is always evolving and becoming more prominent in our daily lives. Whether that be through music, art, literature, and in some cases jobs. This is only the start of something, though it’s hard to tell what exactly it’ll become. 

The creator of ChatGPT is trying to remove the reputation the AI has acquired of a tool used to cheat and write essays. According to the Associated Press, they’re currently in the process of making a new software that can detect the use of AI in writing. The software is called AI Text Classifier. OpenAI does warn the users that the detection is not perfect and has flaws in the system.