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Can media literacy help us see through the AI hype?

Read here about our full webinar series on AI in the Classroom 

The second workshop in this series will look at the recent release of GPT-4 and its predecessor ChatGPT in November 2022 that set off heated debate and a range of impassioned responses. ChatGPT and other generative AI technologies are at times described as game-changing productivity tools, creepy semi-sentient bots, a wake-up call for seemingly behind-the-times educators, or harbingers of the further destruction of creative (and other) industries. And that's not even an exhaustive list of all of the predictions and projections made on the back of ChatGPT's release! In this webinar, we will slow down to help each other identify the logics and assumptions baked into these generative AI tools, and examine the tech ecosystem from which these tools emerge. We will consider: How might we use the core principles of media literacy to help us critically question generative AI technologies—not just the content that they produce, but the tools themselves?

DAY: Monday, April 17th, 2023



Michelle Ciccone

Michelle Ciccone is a second year PhD student in the Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Previously, she was a K-12 technology integration specialist. Michelle is also the co-organizer of the 2023 and 2020 Northeast Media Literacy Conferences.


About this AI Webinar Series

This series will explore our understanding of AI literacy and the impacts of AI on media education by discussing the benefits and challenges brought on by AI’s growing presence in the classroom.

What are the impacts of AI in education and media literacy? Should we use AI in the classroom? What does it mean to be AI-literate?

This new AI webinar series from the Media Education Lab explores the potential range of affordances and challenges associated with AI and its implementation as a tool for media education. In particular, the webinars will discuss the use of AI to enhance or hinder the educational experience, the impact of AI on teaching and learning, and the implications of AI-driven technologies such as search engines, chats, images, and videos. The discussion will delve into the ethical implications of AI in media education, including issues of privacy, data security, and copyrights. As part of each session, the webinar series will provide practical advice for educators on how we can best utilize AI in the classroom.

Disclosure: This description was edited from a result on’s AI-chat


For more information or if you wish to present in this series, please contact:

Jocelyn Young, Webinar Series Manager |

Devina Sarwatay, Webinar Series Manager  |