The Top 10 Education Next Blog Posts of 2023

In the year since the technology company OpenAI launched its generative artificial-intelligence tool ChatGPT, nearly everyone from the technophobe to the tech-savvy has clamored to make sense of what it will mean for the future of the production and consumption of content. The education sector is particularly fraught with both excitement and concern over AI’s utility in the classroom.

This interest was evident on the Education Next blog in 2023, with three posts related to AI cracking the top ten most read articles this year. In the seventh spot, Education Next executive editor Rick Hess mused if ChatGPT would compel teachers to “unflip” their classrooms, bringing students’ writing assignments back to school under their supervision. University of Texas at Austin researcher Paul von Hippel explained the limitations of using ChatGPT to teach math in not one but two posts early in the year—evidence of the rapidly evolving nature of AI technology.

But by far the most widely read blog article was the analysis by Georgetown’s Katie Silberstein and Marguerite Roza of how school districts are spending the mortal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief, or ESSER, funds. The federal government’s infusion of $112 billion in Covid recovery dollars to 14,000 districts will expire in the fall of 2024, and Education Next readers seem especially interested in the authors’ investigation into how effectively (and transparently) that money is being spent.

As always in education, there is much about which to be hopeful and leery, and it is evident that our readers are paying close attention to both.

The full top ten list is here:

In the year since the technology company OpenAI launched its generative artificial-intelligence tool ChatGPT, nearly everyone from the technophobe to the tech-savvy has clamored to make sense of what it will mean for the future of the production and consumption of content. The education sector is particularly fraught with both excitement and concern over AI’s utility in the classroom.

This interest was evident on the Education Next blog in 2023, with three posts related to AI cracking the top ten most read articles this year. In the seventh spot, Education Next executive editor Rick Hess mused if ChatGPT would compel teachers to “unflip” their classrooms, bringing students’ writing assignments back to school under their supervision. University of Texas at Austin researcher Paul von Hippel explained the limitations of using ChatGPT to teach math in not one but two posts early in the year—evidence of the rapidly evolving nature of AI technology.

But by far the most widely read blog article was the analysis by Georgetown’s Katie Silberstein and Marguerite Roza of how school districts are spending the mortal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief, or ESSER, funds. The federal government’s infusion of $112 billion in Covid recovery dollars to 14,000 districts will expire in the fall of 2024, and Education Next readers seem especially interested in the authors’ investigation into how effectively (and transparently) that money is being spent.

As always in education, there is much about which to be hopeful and leery, and it is evident that our readers are paying close attention to both.

The full top ten list is here:

, The Top 10 Education Next Blog Posts of 2023

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