Four the last four months anything that I’ve published about AI (artificial intelligence) has vaulted to the top of the list of the most popular posts of the week, month, and year. I’m beginning to think that I if I just wrote AI AI AI AI AI for 500 lines that it would be the most popular thing I’ve ever published. All that to say, I’ve manually assembled the following collection of AI tools for teachers and related AI resources.
What is ChatGPT
ChatGPT is an artificial intelligence tool that will create documents for you based on some minimal input from you. For example, I simply typed into ChatGPT “Ten Canva Features for Students” and got this article. ChatGPT can also be used to create poems like this one about the sunglasses worn by Geraint Thomas.
With a little tweaking of what you put into ChatGPT you can create longer articles than the one that I mentioned above. A simple, “tell me more” or “what about X” can generate more material from ChatGPT.
An Overview of Google Bard
Google Bard is Google’s attempt to rival ChatGPT. Over the coming months it’s going to be incorporated into many of the Google Workspace tools that you’re already using. Here’s an overview of how it works.
Edpuzzle is a tool that I’ve used for years to add questions to videos that I’ve made and videos that I’ve found on the web. At the start of 2020 it became more popular than ever as teachers watched this video to learn how to create video lessons without making their own recordings. This spring Edpuzzle made it easier than ever before to add interactive questions into videos that you’ve made or found online. That’s done through the use of an AI feature called Edpuzzle Teacher Assist.
Edpuzzle’s Teacher Assist feature will automatically generate questions that you can add into the video assignments that you give to your students. With just a click you can have multiple choice and short-answer questions added to videos you’ve made and videos that you’ve found online. Watch this short video to see Edpuzzle Teacher Assist in action.
Canva Magic Design
Canva’s Magic Design tool can be used to create a complete slideshow presentation from just one sentence. To be clear, it doesn’t just design the layout of the slides. It populates the slides with text and graphics to support the presentation topic! Watch this video to see how Canva’s Magic Design tool can create a presentation for you from just one simple prompt.
Canva Magic Write
Magic Write is the artificial intelligence tool built into Canva Docs. Magic Write works in a manner that is quite similar to ChatGPT. To use Magic Write you simply select it from the insert menu in Canva Docs. Once Magic Write is opened you then enter a short prompt like “green screen video tips” and Magic Write generates a short list or paragraph for you (formatting depends on the prompt). You can then insert that writing into your document as it was written or you can edit it before including it in your document. Watch this short video to see how Magic Write in Canva works.
gotFeedback is a tool that you can use to more efficiently give your students feedback on their writing. As the title of this post stated, gotFeedback uses artificial intelligence to help you provide your students with feedback on their writing. Watch my video that is embedded below to see how you can use gotFeedback to analyze your students’ writing.
AI Writing Check is a free tool created by the collaborative efforts of the non-profits Quill.org and CommonLit. AI Writing Check is a tool that was created to help teachers try to recognize writing created through the use of artificial intelligence. To use AI Writing Check you simply have to copy a passage of text of 100 or more words and paste it into AI Writing Check. The tool will then tell you the likelihood that the writing has or has not been created by artificial intelligence. That’s all there is to it. AI Writing Check isn’t foolproof and as is pointed out on the site, students can still develop ways to get around tools designed to detect AI-generated writing. It’s also worth noting that it can’t handle more than 400 words at a time.
Crossplag AI Content Detector is a free tool that you can use to try to determine whether or not an AI tool was used to generate a passage of text. Like other AI detection tools, Crossplag AI Content Detector is easy to use. To use it you simply paste a block of text into the content detector and it will give a rating of likelihood that AI was used to create that text.
Citing Content Created by AI
Recently, the MLA and the APA have published guidance on how to cite content created through the use of AI tools like ChatGPT. You can read the MLA guide to citing content created by AI here. The APA guide’s to citing content created ChatGPT can be read here.
There are many similarities between the two guides. There is one difference that’s worth noting. The APA’s guide includes a template for citing ChatGPT as an author. The MLA guide says not to treat generative AI tools like ChatGPT as an author.
Creating Quizzes With AI
QuestionWell is an AI tool that will generate reading comprehension and guiding questions for just about any article that you specify. Questions created by QuestionWell can be saved in a document or exported to a handful of popular quiz apps including Kahoot and Quizziz. QuestionWell takes the article that you’ve entered and generates a set of questions based on it. You can view all of the questions and select the ones that you like. The questions can be exported to a Word document and or exported to a quiz app. All of the question sets that you create are also saved in your QuestionWell account so that you can revisit them and edit them whenever you need to. Watch my video below for a short overview of how QuestionWell works.