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In this episode, I interview Ben Farrell, who shares the counterintuitive approach his school took with ChatGPT. Farrell is the assistant head of school at New England Innovation Academy, the nation’s first human-centered design middle and high school. At NEIA, educators and students have already begun thinking about how to integrate conversational AI into their curriculum, including their signature Innovation Studio program, which introduces students to a variety of emerging tech. While so many schools have been quick to ban ChatGPT, his approach was more nuanced and focused on dialoguing with students about the ethics and implications of AI.

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About Ben Farrell

Ben joins NEIA from The International Montessori School of Beijing in Beijing, China. Prior to that, he was the Dean of Students and Director of Leadership Education at the Webb Schools in California, worked in residential life at Bowdoin College, and earlier in his career worked in admission at the Thacher School in California. Ben received his M.A. in Higher and Post-Secondary Education from Teachers College-Columbia University in New York and completed Graduate Coursework in Cross Cultural Conflict Transformation and Reconciliation at the School for International Training in Vermont.


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  • Yes, for individuals who take their education seriously, Chat GPT is one of the finest ways to concentrate. Additionally, it saves time and reduces cost for the convince. Thank you for the information; I have subscribed to your blog and enjoy reading it regularly.

  • Conor McHugh says:

    If you were using Chat GPT you wouldn’t have misspelled convenience.

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