3 Free Technologies to Help Students Learn to Read
Lisa Nielsen
by Lisa Nielsen
6M ago
Once taught through traditional methods, the fundamental skill of reading has become much easier to acquire via the use of technology. Technology provides an exciting opportunity to enhance literacy in a way that's personalized, engaging, and accessible to all. This post delves into three technologies that help make learning to read easier in ways that empower both educators and students. KhanAcademyKids.org While some may associate Khan Academy with math videos, today, it is much more. Khan Academy now has Khan Academy Kids with thousands of educational games, books, and activities for chil ..read more
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Smackdown of Top AI Image Generators: The Winner, Runner Up, & The Rest!
Lisa Nielsen
by Lisa Nielsen
6M ago
AI image generators provide innovative educators with new and exciting possibilities for their students and themselves. They have emerged as groundbreaking tools, offering innovative educators a wealth of new opportunities. Whether it's illustrating abstract concepts, crafting historical visualizations, or enhancing creativity in the classroom, these tools present an invaluable resource. Innovative educators are aware of the importance of ethical considerations when using images such as citing sources and fair use. This can make it difficult when searching for images to enhance learning materi ..read more
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Using Generative AI to Help Students Learn to Read
Lisa Nielsen
by Lisa Nielsen
6M ago
There are numerous Generative AI / Large Language Models (LLMs) available to support learning to read from the popular ChatGPT to Bing, Bard, Claude, etc. Whichever platform you choose, here are some ways to use generative AI to support learning: Adapt reading passages to the appropriate level and language:  By employing LLMs, educators can easily adapt literature to the reading level of their students. For example, the tale of "Cinderella" could be rewritten with simpler sentences and vocabulary to suit Kindergarten students. If a student's native language isn't the primary language ..read more
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Chat with any YouTube video using ChatTube!
Lisa Nielsen
by Lisa Nielsen
6M ago
Innovative educators know that it is best for students to interact with learning videos using techniques such as Frame, Focus, and Follow Up. ChatTube just made that a lot easier. ChatTube uses ChatGPT technology to allow you to chat with YouTube videos in real-time using AI to ask questions, get summaries, pinpoint key points, translate content, and more. You can even suggest it provides questions/answers geared to a particular grade level. You can converse with up to five videos a day at no cost and more if you want to sign up for a premium version.  ChatTube is embedded into YouTube. A ..read more
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Student Guide: Should I Use AI?
Lisa Nielsen
by Lisa Nielsen
6M ago
Unsure about whether or not your students should use AI? This guide from AI for Education can serve as a useful conversation starter with students.    ..read more
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6 Ways to Help Student’s Verify & Use AI-Generated Content
Lisa Nielsen
by Lisa Nielsen
7M ago
The infographic from AI, data, and digital policy expert, Aleksandr Tiulkanov helps us think about the process for using AI-generated content. Essentially, it says that if we are using AI generated content, we must know how to verify and take responsibility for the output. That means fact-checking, cross-referencing, and validating the content is essential. Innovative educators understand that they must know how to do this for ourselves as well as teach our students how to take full-responsibility for the outputs they share.  Here are some ways innovative educators can support s ..read more
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Empower Students with Lateral Reading: A Crucial Skill for the Digital Age
Lisa Nielsen
by Lisa Nielsen
8M ago
A report released by the Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) showed many students struggled to discern which information was legitimate pointing to the need to teach students how to verify the reliability of sources. The report outlines how three different groups of “expert” readers – fact checkers, historians and Stanford undergraduates – fared when tasked with evaluating information online. The fact checkers proved to be fastest and most accurate, while historians and students were easily deceived by unreliable sources. What was the difference in how the fact checkers appr ..read more
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Digital Detectives: Teaching Students to Verify Online Information In the Age of Generative AI
Lisa Nielsen
by Lisa Nielsen
8M ago
The popularity of generative AI has made it more clear than ever that educators must take on the responsibility of helping students understand how to verify information and determine what sources are credible and reliable.  Organizations like Common Sense Education are doing their part by empowering students with strategies and techniques to examine the legitimacy of online content. One of their notable methods involves the critical engagement with media through a set of thoughtful questions. This strategy is known as the "5 Questions to Ask about Media". This technique encourages studen ..read more
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Asking Generative AI to Cite Sources - Which Tool Is Best?
Lisa Nielsen
by Lisa Nielsen
9M ago
In the "6 Tenets of Post-Plagiarism: Writing in the Age of Artificial Intelligence" Dr. Sarah Eaton explains that using generative AI in writing will become normal. The writing process has now shifted, and while AI may do some, or even most, of the writing, humans are responsible for fact-checking, verification, and knowing the source of the information as applicable.  Popular generative AI tools include Bing, Google's Bard and Help Me Write, and ChatGPT. While you can get sources from each, they are not equally good at easily providing accurate sources. Let’s take a look. Comparison of ..read more
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Embracing Post-Plagiarism: What It Means for Innovative Educators in the Age of AI
Lisa Nielsen
by Lisa Nielsen
10M ago
The rise of artificial intelligence (AI) has had a profound impact on education. As AI-powered tools continue to evolve, they are transforming the way we approach learning and teaching. Dr. Sarah Eaton recently published an insightful article titled "6 Tenets of Post-Plagiarism: Writing in the Age of Artificial Intelligence" on her blog. Take a look at the post for the full explanation of each tenant. Each provides a simple, yet powerful insight.  Two powerful tenants to keep in mind are as follows: Hybrid Human-AI Writing Will Become Normal We've been using predictive text, spell check ..read more
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