Friday, April 12, 2024

Combine Art, Music, and Artificial Intelligence with Google Arts and Culture's Musical Canvas. Fun and simple to create.

 If you would like to try something that combines art and music, and is well fun, check out Google Arts and Culture's Musical Canvas.


Once you enter the site, make sure to look on the right side for tool options and color options. If you do not see them make sure to either select ctrl - or go to customize Chrome and Zoom to 90%.

You will then be able to start drawing and once your drawing is complete - make sure to select Generate Music. You can see my drawing below.


Embedded below is a 2 minute and 14 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,

Brad

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Create your own customizable Character Chatbot where students can chat with any historic figure, author, or recognizable character from a story.

 MagicSchool 's new MagicStudent with customizable tools is an outstanding feature.

SchoolAI has an amazing Historic Figure Chat Bot as well as additional Historic Figures for your students to chat with. While that may be more aesthetically pleasing, MagicSchool's customizeability (word?) makes the session with your students very powerful.

You can see the full list below. In the embedded video below I show how to use the Character Chatbot tool and customize it.


Once you select the tool, you can then hover over it and choose to customize.


What is nice is when you customize it, you can see what the customization looks like on the righthand side. You can also choose the eye next to each category which can hide the field (see image below).


Embedded below is a 2 minute and 16 second YouTube tutorial in which I show how this can be used so students can have an interactive chat with Stanley from the book Holes. This is amazing for students to interact with a character from a book and or history.



Wednesday, April 10, 2024

How students will receive feedback from a rubric of your choice using Magic School. You can now customize the tools for students!

An amazing feature built into Magic School / Magic Student is the ability to create a room with the specific tool (or tools) for your students and then be able to customize them. You can see the full list below. In the embedded video below I show how to use the writing feedback tool and customize it.


Once you select the tool, you can then hover over it and choose to customize.


What is nice is when you customize it, you can see what the customization looks like on the righthand side. You can also choose the eye next to each category which can hide the field (see image below).


Embedded below is a 2 minute and 19 second YouTube tutorial in which I show how this can be used so students receive instant feedback on writing examples. This is amazing for students to practice their writing and continue to adjust and try new techniques.





Tuesday, April 9, 2024

You can now edit DALL-E images in ChatGPT on the web, iOS, and Android platforms

 This is pretty amazing, in ChatGPT using DALL-E, you can create images in a variety of styles (see below (Abstract, Dystopian, Acrylic, Hand-drawn, Graffiti, and then a randomizer for other styles) as well as the ability to adjust the aspect ration.


However, what is really cool is the ability to create your image and then adjust/edit the image to your liking.

All you need to do is select the image and then choose the select icon.


Then, make sure you go back to the image and select the area you would like to edit and type in what you would like. Pretty amazing!

See the image below. The first one is the original (Panda winning the World Series).


The adjusted one is one where I asked it to include a Phillies hat.


Embedded below is a 1 minute and 14 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,

Brad

Monday, April 8, 2024

Chat GPT can read aloud your messages on the web, as well as on your iOS or Android + a fun teacher tip (Mad Libs in Chat GPT)

Sometimes it is nice to have text read aloud for you. A nice new"ish" feature in Chat GPT is the ability for your messages to be read aloud for you.
If you are on an iOS or Android do the following:

  • Tap and hold the message, then tap "Read Aloud"


On the web simply scroll underneath your message and choose the Read Alod.


A fun teacher tip is to use Chat GPT and take any story and place it in Chat. Then, ask it to replace all the verbs (example) with underlines (and write the word verb after the underline)  in the previous story.

Embedded below is a 56 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,
Brad

Sunday, April 7, 2024

Easy to use eclipse simulator of what it will look like in your specific zip code. Mobile friendly as well.

 Tomorrow is the eclipse and you can enter your zip code and discover how the 2024 total solar eclipse will look in your city by clicking on this site.


You can see in the images below where I live followed by Burlington Vermont's/



You will also see additional information on the site such as: the path of the eclipse across the country, What a solar eclipse consists of, and where and how the eclipse will be seen.

Embedded below is a 46 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,
Brad




Saturday, April 6, 2024

ChatGPT now does not require a user to log-in plus how to toggle off Training Mode.

 OpenAI (the company behind ChatGPT) now allows for everyone to expreience AI without the need to sign in (just know your chat history will not be available).


Also, if you select the ? in the bottom right of the screen you will then see options. If you slect the settings gear, you can then toggle off the ability to toggle off Training Mode.



Embedded below is a 1 minute and 40 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,
Brad


Friday, April 5, 2024

School AI has pre made tutors in multiple subject areas and ages!

 How awesome is SchoolAI?! Now it includes ready made tutors that you could have available for your students in seconds.

Simply enter into SchoolAI and scroll down and you will see Subject Tutors for all ages!


Once you select a tutor you will then be asked Audience Instructions as well as Session Instructions

I checked out Maria (math). It was really beneficial and easy to use. One thing - make sure to remind your students that the tutor will ask them questions until they ask the tutor questions.

Embedded below is a 2 minute and 13 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,

Brad


Thursday, April 4, 2024

Check out Curipod's PDF to comprehension questions - generator. Have an interactive lesson built for you in seconds.

 A friend of mine asked me today if you can upload a PDF to Curipd and have it ask questions about the PDF. Well, the answer is - yes!

If you select Reading Comprehension, you will then see PDF to comprehension (see image below).


From there you will simply need to upload the PDF and then select the grade level and type in the learning standard or objective.



Embedded below is a 2 minute and 8 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,
Brad


Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Take your existing slide presentations and add some interactivity to them in mere seconds using Curipod.

 The ability to add interactivity in your pre-existing PowerPoint or Google Slide try Curipod's Curify My Slides.


Once you select the icon you will then see the image you see below where you can choose the grade level (or professional development) and upload the presentation.


Once you select Do Magic, the newly interactive presentation is ready for you to try and/or edit. 

Embedded below is a 2 minute and 20 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,
Brad


Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Teaching parts of speech? Check out Curipod's Mad Writes - a Mad Lib type lesson.

 If you are looking for a fun and interactive way to teach and/or reinforce parts of speech - look not further than Curipod's Mad Writes.

As you can see in the image below, you can adjust the grade level as well as the part of speech (as you can see in the 2nd image).



When you make your choices, be sure to select the green Do Magic. You will then be presented with a full set of slides (around 12 of them) that will include a brief lesson on each of the parts of speech with an interactive piece. What is really cool about the interactive piece is that the responses come up in a word cloud. Finally, there will be a final MadLib to do as a class and then one that they can create and share with you. You can then share with everyone and they can, as a class, vote for their favorite one.

Embedded below is a 2 minute and 14 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,

Brad

Monday, April 1, 2024

Need to create a full lesson (with slides) on on any topic and have it be interactive? Try Curipod

 If you are in need of an interactive lesson that is generated in little to no time - try Curipod. 

When you enter the site make sure to scroll over and select Full Lesson.


You will then need to select the Full Lesson image and fill in the information you see below. Make sure to put in the grade as well as any learning standard or topic. In my example I used 4th grade and the water cycle.


You will then need to select Do Magic and your lesson will be created for you. Make sure to see what slides you want to edit/delete and then feel free to present to your students with the interactive parts already built in.

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 47 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,
Brad


Sunday, March 31, 2024

How to create a writing prompt and give students instant AI feedback to assist them with their writing.

Curipod offers some amazing interactive lessons filled with creativity, reflection and critical thinking. The one I focused on today revolves around writing and giving students instant feedback.

When you enter Curipod  and select Students Receive AI Feedback you will see the image below.


In this example I chose a Narrative Writing Prompt.

Once you select the grade level and Do Magic you will be presented with a lesson and instructions which you can adjust as you see fit.

When ready, make sure to select Present (upper right).

In the image below you will see the presentation and then click on the icon to allow your students to see how to join.




You will see an image like below that you can adjust the time as well as start the lesson.


Once students have completed you need to select Give Feedback.



Students will see an example like you see below. I did write that I did not want to do this prompt.

You can always go back to your creations and see the student responses as well as the AI feedback.

Embedded below is a 2 minute and 19 second YouTube tutorial where I take you through the entire process.



Take care,
Brad

Saturday, March 30, 2024

On a Chromebook how you can access multiple desktops, rename them, add and or delete ones as well.

 If you (or your students) use a Chromebook, the availability of multiple desktops allows us all to focus on specific tasks without distractions. 

To access these desktops make sure you select the show windows key (above the number 6).


From there you can add a desktop or delete.

You can also access these desktops (and rename them by using two fingers on the shelf at the bottom of the screen.

This will allow you to show the desktop in the shelf and then quickly switching to the other ones by clicking on the arrow key.

For more details watch the 1 minute and 35 second YouTube tutorial below.



Take care,

Brad



Friday, March 29, 2024

Quizizz has accommodations so you can find the right support for your students.

 Quizizz is an amazing platform and now it has included the ability to provide accommodations for any of your students for each and every quiz.

When you want to start a quiz make sure to enable accommodations.


You will then see how to add the class and choose the student(s) you would like to provide accommodations to.

Then, you will see the following sections: Question Settings, Reading Support, and Learning Environment.




Embedded below is a 1 minute and 57 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,
Brad







Thursday, March 28, 2024

How to set up Tab Groups in Google Chrome

 If you want to have a certain set of tabs open all at once you can do that quite easily. Back in February of 2021 I blogged about this being available, but through the use of flags in Chrome (How to make the most of Tab Groups in Google Chrome).

To get started, simply open a tab and right-click on it and choose Add tab to group and then choose New Group (or add to a previously created group).


Then make sure to name the group, choose a color designation, and save the group. See image below for more information.


Embedded below is a 1 minute and 41 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,

Brad

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Have students that would like to explore a topic like baseball? Check out the Health & Fitness section in School AI.

 WOW! I know I have been sharing a ton about SchoolAI recently, well today is no different! I just explored their Health & Fitness section and wow, this would have been a game changer for a student like me. The ability to explore a topic like baseball and Explore the history, rules, and cultural impact of Baseball in this engaging interactive activity would have done so much for me. Having a discussion with an "expert" in the field and feel like I can ask any question in the world and not feel "dumb" would have done so much.

To access this section enter into SchoolAI, select Discover, then Health & Fitness, and the topic of your interest (see images below).



Even if you do not know if you have a student who is interested in something like this, please have these available for you may have a student like I was who was shy and did not speak up.

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 40 second YouTube tutorial.




Take care,
Brad



Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Have a translated conversation using Sheets, onscreen keyboard, and voice typing on a Chromebook.

 In yesterday's post I shared How to have a translated conversation with anyone using Google Sheets and the formulas can not be edited by anyone but you.

The one item to add to that post is the ability for your student to have an onscreen keyboard in their language. This keyboard also includes a microphone so students can voice type (really important to have this keyboard in their language).


  • Select the time in the bottom right of your Chromebook
  • Choose the settings gear
  • Select Device
  • Keyboard
  • Change Input Settings
  • Add Input method
When you 
Embedded below is a 1 minute and 54 second YouTube tutorial showing how to add the keyboard, change the language, and voice type.


Take care,
Brad

Monday, March 25, 2024

How to have a translated conversation with anyone using Google Sheets and the formulas can not be edited by anyone but you.

Earlier this month I posted about how a Chromebook and Google Sheets can be a huge help with non-English speaking students.

How a Chromebook and Google Sheets can Empower Conversations with Non-English Speaking Students.

While the sheet worked nicely, some feedback has been that the formula and other aspects of the Sheet could be changed by mistake.

So, I saw Google's recent Tweet about Google Translate and decided to change a few things.

  1. I simplified the Sheet to only have 1 back and forth conversation.
  2. The teacher and student can only each write in 1 cell each. All the other cells are locked. 
    1. This is helpful as no formulas can be changed.
  3. A little color to spruce it up a bit and provide a little separation.
You can see an example below. 



Please note you will need to 
  • all cells B/C 1 and E/F 1 
    • (this is where you and the student will be typing) and right click. 
  • make sure to select View more cell actions and protect range

  • then choose to set permissions
  • make sure to choose that only you can restrict who can edit this range

  • you can then share this sheet with the student in question 
    • make sure they can edit the sheet as they will need to write back and forth with you
Embedded below is a 1 minute and 45 second YouTube tutorial.




Take care,
Brad



Sunday, March 24, 2024

4 more amazing tools in MagicSchool / MagicStudent - Debate Partner - YouTube Summarizer - Coding Assistant - SAT Reading Practice

Magic Student (in Magic School)   is available for all users. Today, we will be looking at 4 additional tools:

Debate Partner

Amazing tool so students can have a debate on any topic of their choice.



YouTube Summarizer

Very helpful to see if this video is what you are looking for.



Coding Assistant

What an amazing tool students will have at their fingertips to learn coding.



SAT Reading Practice

Reading passages and questions similar to the SAT. 


Embedded below is a 1 minute and 53 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,

Brad