Fall has officially arrived, and so has a new batch of AI tools to try. Let’s explore this month’s eclectic mix of AI innovations! Some are meant to enhance productivity, helping with presentation and assessment creation, while others may be for both work and play, like Bored Human’s clickable list of 100+ tools. Let’s take a look!
1. Canva’s Magic Media App
Canva is an irreplaceable design tool that I use daily. And they are really beefing up their AI tools and apps these days! One of my new favorites is an app called Magic Media. To add it to your Canva menu, click Apps in the menu on the left, search Magic Media, and it will be the first tile that appears.
Once you add and open it, you’ll see:
- the option to generate images or videos
- a text box for you to describe what you want to generate
- a few styles to choose from (watercolor, filmic, photo, etc.)
Once you’ve made your selections and added your prompt, enjoy the results! If there is an option you like, but it’s not quite right, you can click the three dots in the top right corner to “Generate more like this,” or you can click “Generate again” to produce additional results from the same prompt. It’s pretty incredible! Tweak your prompt to yield different results, but, take note that the results can be biased as in the example below.
Remember, verified educators qualify for a FREE Canva for Education (Pro) account! If you’re interested, go ahead and take advantage of this amazing tool at no cost.
2. Formative AI
Formative AI has accounts for various roles in education! Pick your role and sign in with an email address or a Google, Clever, or Microsoft account. Once you’re in, you can generate lessons, assignments, and assessments. Plus, with this AI tool, you can track students and create classes – for free! Now you can also generate standards-based questions and include hints for learners. There are Bronze (free), Silver ($15/month), and Gold (quotes by request) accounts to choose from. Check out Formative’s Resources for webinars, a training center, and an inspiration library!
SlidesAI is an AI tool that can be downloaded from Google Workspace Marketplace. Install the extension, open Google Slides, and find it under Extensions in the Slides toolbar. Click on Generate Slides, and a box will open for you to add your own text and customize your theme. You can also choose the presentation type, number of slides, and whether or not you’d like a title and thank you slide. Once all that’s set, click Create Slides and be amazed!
4. Speaker Coach
Microsoft’s Speaker Coach (previously Presenter Coach) can help you or your students enhance your presentation skills! This AI tool gives a report on pacing, pitch, filler words, speech, and more after you rehearse it. It’s available for PowerPoint on the web, Android, Windows, iOS, and MacOS. To use Speaker Coach, you will need a Microsoft account, but you don’t have to have a paid version of PowerPoint. It’s “available to everyone in free preview.” In order to be most successful, have a good microphone, a solid internet connection, and a quiet place to rehearse, and get presenting!
5. Bored Humans
Bored Humans is a treasure trove of 100+ AI tools. Choose a tool from their list and it appears at the top of the page with instructions. There is a pop-up ad bar at the bottom of the screen to be aware of and several of the items on the list may not be appropriate for students. But there are options that are definitely worth trying for fun or even for lesson planning! For example, if you want to generate a fun song for teaching, I’d recommend trying their lyrics generator. Type in a subject and an artist for the lyrics to be modeled after, and watch them appear.
A few other options that may be useful for planning and teaching are:
- AI Article Writer
- ChatGPT Prompts
- Quote Generator
- AI-Generated Podcasts
- Poetry Generator
- Anagram Generator
- Writing Prompts
- Text Summarization Tool
- Text Paraphrasing Tool
- AI Transcription
- and many more
Which tools will you try? Are there any we should add to the list? Let us know in the comments. We’d love to know what AI your using!
Bonus: AI in the News
AI Designs Little Robots in 30 Seconds and They Keep Sprouting Legs
A recent breakthrough reveals that AI can design simple autonomous robots within 30 seconds, potentially democratizing robot design. This AI employs a method called gradient descent, swiftly refining robot designs through iterations, resulting in functional forms with legs for forward locomotion. This development has the potential to transform various fields, from climate change solutions to medicine. Read more >>
AI Forces a Rethink on Executive MBA Teaching
Business schools are adapting their executive MBA (EMBA) programs to incorporate artificial intelligence (AI), recognizing its transformative impact on the business world. EMBA students, generally older and in senior roles, are keen to understand the implications of AI for leadership techniques. The shift includes more hands-on learning and practical application of AI tools, preparing students for a rapidly changing job market affected by AI’s increasing influence. Read more >>
Google Promises to Take the Legal Heat in Users’ AI Copyright Lawsuits
Google will protect customers from copyright infringement lawsuits when using select generative AI products. The coverage extends to seven products, including Duet AI in Workspace and Vertex AI Search. Google will take legal responsibility for challenges related to training data and results generated from foundation models, ensuring customers are safeguarded against copyright-related risks. Other tech companies like Microsoft and Adobe have also made similar commitments in response to the growing legal challenges in the generative AI space. Read more >>
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