30 AI tools for the classroom

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Artificial intelligence | Tuesday, May 2, 2023

30 AI tools for the classroom

Artificial intelligence is growing by leaps and bounds. It's no longer science fiction anymore! 

Lots of AI tools can serve as our own personal assistants -- answering questions, helping us write text, create images, speak more effectively, and more.

Time has always been a barrier in the classroom. Most teachers would agree that they would be able to do more -- including the things that are most important -- if they had more time.

Teachers can find AI tools that are ready to help them out right now. Lots of them are free or have "freemium" plans with limited free options.

Below is a description of AI and how you can start using it to support your work in class.

What is artificial intelligence?

Artificial intelligence (AI) refers to the ability of a computer or machine to perform tasks that would normally require human intelligence, such as learning, problem-solving, decision-making, and more. There are several different approaches to building AI systems, including machine learning, where a system is trained on a dataset and can improve its performance over time, and rule-based systems, where the system follows a set of predetermined rules to make decisions. 

AI can be applied to a wide range of areas, including natural language processing, image and video recognition, robotics, and more. The goal of AI research is to create systems that can perform tasks at least as well as, or ideally better than, humans. AI has the potential to revolutionize many industries and transform the way we live and work, but it also raises important ethical and social questions.

30 AI tools for the classroom


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ChatGPT is a generative AI chatbot that interacts with you conversationally, the way a human would. It's trained with information from all over the internet and tons of other sources -- and it's been trained by humans to interact with you in an authentic way.

How it works: Ask ChatGPT a question or give it a request. It will respond. There are lots of ways you can use it in the classroom, as detailed in this post: ChatGPT, Chatbots, and Artificial Intelligence in the Classroom.

Pricing and terms: It's a "freemium" tool, meaning there's a free plan and a paid premium plan.

You can give it unlimited queries with the free version. 

ChatGPT Plus ($20/month) gives general access to ChatGPT, even during peak times. It provides faster response times. Plus, it gives priority access to new features and improvements.

Check it out:  chat.openai.com


Perplexity is another generative AI chatbot that lets users ask questions and get responses conversationally. What seems to set Perplexity apart is that it cites sources, which are easily clickable to get more context and more information.

How it works: Go to Perplexity and ask it a question or request something. You'll see the concise version at first, but you can click to see a detailed response. It will also list the sources where it drew its information and other related topics. You can ask follow up questions, in a conversational manner like ChatGPT.

Pricing and terms: Perplexity is free.

Check it out:  perplexity.ai


Give Curipod (curipod.com/ai) a topic, and it will generate an interactive slide deck for you in seconds, including:

  • Polls
  • Word clouds
  • Open-ended questions
  • A drawing tool

How it works: Once you have a slide deck (which seems to generate 9-12 slides on your topic), you can edit and adjust to suit your needs. Plus, you can add more slides on your own.

Pricing and terms: It's a "freemium" tool, meaning there's a free plan and a paid premium plan.

With the free plan, you can have up to five private Curipod decks. (But it looks like you can delete old ones and create new ones.)

Otherwise, it's $15/month for teachers. There are school and district licenses available.

Check it out:  curipod.com/ai

Education Copilot

Need a starting point for your lesson plans? Education Copilot provides you with AI generated templates for lesson plans, writing prompts, educational handouts, student reports, project outlines and lots more.

It has 10+ tools to help save time and create content for the classroom.

How it works: Open Copilot and choose one of its teachers tools, including informational handouts, lesson plans, and more. Add some details on the content you want to cover. Then generate a product. If it isn't exactly what you want, adjust the information you inputted to create something else. 

Pricing and terms: 30 day free trial. After that, it's $9 per month.

Check it out: Go to the Education Copilot website for information and to sign up.


Yippity will convert any text or any website into a quiz automatically. 

It creates questions and answers based on the text submitted, which can be copied and pasted into a flashcard app or quiz tool.

How it works: Copy/paste text from your notes (limited to 10,000 characters) -- or copy/paste the URL to a webpage. Submit, and it generates questions and answers. Then, use the share button to share the quiz with someone else.

Pricing and terms:  Create three free AI quizzes per month. Unlimited AI question generation is available on the "Early Bird Plan," which is $2.99/mo.

Check it out: Get information and sign up at yippity.io.


Quillbot will help you paraphrase or re-write text. Analyze lots of synonyms to find just the right word.

Use it to help your fluency, vocabulary, tone, and style. 

How it works: Paste some text into its Paraphraser and ask it to rephrase the text. It will offer lots of options for reworking it.

Pricing and terms:  It's a "freemium" tool, meaning there's a free plan and a paid premium plan.

The free version offers  125 words in the Paraphraser and 1200 words in the Summarizer plus other limited options on the other features.

Premium is $19.95USD a month or $99.95USD a year and you get unlimited words in the Paraphraser and 6000 words in the Summarizer plus more options on the other features.

Check it out: Go to quillbot.com/

PowerPoint Speaker Coach

From the Microsoft website:

Speaker coach helps you prepare in private to give more effective presentations.

Speaker coach evaluates your pacing, pitch, your use of filler words, informal speech, euphemisms, and culturally sensitive terms, and it detects when you're being overly wordy or are simply reading the text on a slide.

After each rehearsal, you get a report that includes statistics and suggestions for improvements.

How it works:

  • Open your presentation in PowerPoint for the web.
  • Sign in with your Microsoft account.
  • On the Slide Show tab, select Rehearse with Coach.
  • Select Get Started at the lower right when you are ready to begin rehearsing.

Pricing and terms: Speaker coach is currently available to everyone in free preview—even without a Microsoft Office subscription. 


Grammarly is your online writing assistant. Using artificial intelligence, it helps you compose bold, clear, mistake-free writing. It can work inside your email client, your productivity suites, and even your social media. Grammarly’s AI checks grammar, spelling, style, tone, and more.

How it works: Type directly into the Grammarly editor, paste writing from another document or use the Grammarly add-on available for many sites and apps. 

Pricing and terms: It's a "freemium" tool, meaning there's a free plan and a paid premium plan.

The free plan checks for grammar, spelling, punctuation, conciseness and tone detection.

The premium plan costs $12.00 USD/month and includes everything in the free plan plus full-sentence rewrites, word choice, tone suggestions and citations

Check it out: Grammarly.com

Canva's video background remover

Canva’s video background remover allows you to remove the background of any video with just the click of a button.

No green screen? No problem! With this tool you can transport yourself, or your students, anywhere in or out of this world.

How it works: Canva's video background remover is a premium feature that all educators have access to through their FREE Canva EDU Pro account.

To use the feature simply upload a video to Canva. Click "edit video" then under "effects" click "background remover".

Pricing and terms: Get your free Canva EDU Pro account by getting verified at canva.com/education.

YouTube Summary with Chat GPT

From the Glasp.co website:

YouTube Summary with ChatGPT is a free Chrome Extension that lets you quickly access the summary of the YouTube videos you are watching with OpenAI's ChatGPT AI technology. Use this extension to save time and learn quicker.

How it works: Install the Chrome or Safari extension and open any YouTube video. Click on the transcript & summary then on the ChatGPT icon to view the AI summary.

Pricing and terms: Free


SlidesAI.io is an add-on for Google Slides with the ability to work with PowerPoint coming soon.

 With SlidesAI.io you can take any piece of text and transform it magically into visually appealing slides. 

How it works: Enter the text that you want to create your presentation from. Customize the look of the presentation. Then watch the magic!

Pricing and terms: It's a "freemium" tool, meaning there's a free plan and a paid premium plan.

  • The free plan gives you 3 Presentations / month with a 2500 character input. 
  • The Pro plan is $10.00/month and offers 10 Presentations / month with 6000 character input.
  • The Premium plan allows you unlimited Presentations and a 12000 character input.

Check it out: slidesai.io

Adobe Image Background Remover

Remove image background with Adobe Express.

Artificial intelligence works with images, too! Inside Adobe Express, you’ll find lots of “quick actions” … little things you might do in other apps, but they’re all handy in Express. Remove image background is one of those. 

How it works: Pull in an image and download a version of it with a transparent background. Use other quick actions like GIF and MP4 converters, video trim and resize, and more.

Pricing and terms: Free and easy to use without a log in.


Convert text in a doc, PDF, webpage, or book to speech with Speechify.

Beyond its accessibility, it lets you consume content 2 to 3 times faster than reading. Plus, you can “read” by listening on the go.

How it works: Speechify is a text-to-speech tool. It will let you turn text into natural sounding voice in Google Chrome, Apple devices, and Android devices.

Pricing and terms: The free version gives you text to speech features only in 10 standard reading voices.

The premium version ($139USD/year) gives you text to speech plus scanning and listening and highlighting and note taking tools in 30+ voices and 20+ different languages.

Check it out: Speechify.com


From their website:

DALL·E 2 is a new AI system that can create realistic images and art from a description in natural language.

DALL·E 2 has learned the relationship between images and the text used to describe them. It uses a process called “diffusion,” which starts with a pattern of random dots and gradually alters that pattern towards an image when it recognizes specific aspects of that image.

How it works: Type in whatever you want to see and even how you want it represented for example pixel, cartoon, or in the style of Claude Monet. Then DALL-E will create an image based on your description.

Pricing and terms: Free

Check it out: Openai.com/dall-e-2

Canva Magic Write

 Tell Magic Write what you're thinking about. It will compose your ideas into something usable. It can even rewrite your existing text into a new version -- and help you brainstorm new ideas.

Visit Introducing Magic Write in Canva Docs
 to learn more.

How it works: Just tell it what’s on your mind and it’ll create a starting point for you. It’ll also create a new version of your existing text. It helps you brainstorm new ideas, drafts for emails, and more. It’ll even adjust your writing to the tone you choose.

Pricing and terms: Canva Free users have 25 lifetime uses of Magic Write. Canva Pro, Canva for Teams, or Canva for Nonprofit gets 75 uses per user per month. 

Check it out: It's part of Canva Docs, Canva's word processor inside Canva's new productivity suite.  

gotFeedback by gotLearning

gotFeedback helps teachers provide more individualized feedback to their students in a timely way. It's integrated into the gotLearning platform. It's modeled on the research that feedback needs to be goal-referenced, tangible and transparent, actionable, user-friendly, timely, ongoing, and consistent.

How it works: Choose what you want gotFeedback to provide feedback on. Upload a Word document or PDF file -- or paste in text. It provides an evaluation that you can use as a teacher -- or copy/paste to give to a student.

Pricing and terms: Free version of gotLearning includes up to three teachers and an administrator. Large teams plan for gotLearning is $299 per teacher.


Conker lets you create multiple-choice, read-and-respond, and fill-in-the-blank quizzes for students at a variety of levels on specific topics. It will also let you copy/paste reading material to generate quizzes. 

How it works: Open Conker and provide some details about the quiz you want to create. Conker creates a short quiz you can assign to students with a code -- or export to Google Forms. You can even create a printable question sheet and answer sheet.

Pricing and terms: Free

Check it out: http://conker.ai

Random Face Generator

This simple site uses AI to generate pictures of human faces. These people don't really exist (hence the URL this-person-does-not-exist.com). Use these images for writing prompts, as story starters, for student projects, etc.

How it works: Provide gender, age range, and ethnicity. The site generates an image you can download.

Pricing and terms: Free version: for personal use, 512x512 pixels, with watermark, jpeg image. Paid version: exclusive use without watermark, 1024x1024 pixels, png and jpeg images, $14.95 USD per image.

Bing Image Creator

Image Creator generates AI images based on your text. It uses DALL-E technology to generate images that you can share, save, or download.

How it works: Type in a description of an image you'd like to see. Take the resulting images and download or save them -- or ask for an adjustment to them.

Pricing and terms: Free. You get a limited number of boosts (which make image generation faster). If you run out of boosts, it'll take longer to generate images.

Formative AI

Formative has been an assignment and quiz platform for a long time, allowing teachers to ask students a variety of question types. Now it has incorporated the power of ChatGPT to generate new standard-aligned questions and hints for learners. 

How it works: Activate beta features in your Formative account. Then use the Auto-Generate button inside your Formative assignment.

Pricing and terms: AI features available in all account types. Bronze (free): unlimited lessons, assignments, and assessments with real-time student tracking, classes, and basic integrations. Silver ($15/mo): everything in Bronze plus advanced question types, grading/feedback tools, and advanced assignment settings. Gold (get a quote): lots of additional features beyond Silver.

Check it out: formative.com


Get a summary of any long YouTube video, like a lecture, live event or a government meeting. Powered by ChatGPT.

How it works: Add a URL of a YouTube video. It creates a summary with clickable timestamps that you can copy and paste to use anywhere.

Pricing and terms: Free

Check it out: http://summarize.tech


Nolej generates lots of interactive educational content -- like all-in-one courses, interactive videos, assessments, and plug-and-play content. 

How it works: Provide content (like text, videos, audio, YouTube, websites, etc.). AI analyzes it and generates educational content. After that, you can embed, export, or integrate with your learning management system (LMS). 

Pricing and terms: Free plan: generate 5 packages for free. Paid ($19.999/mo, $199.99/yr): 4 purchase options, top ups, and in-app support.

Check it out: http://nolej.io


Get an AI meeting assistant that records audio, writes notes, automatically captures slides, and generates summaries. Use it to transcribe class discussions, meetings, and more.

How it works: Connect Otter to your Google or Microsoft calendar. It can automatically join and record meetings on Zoom, Teams, and Google Meet. Then, it provides a transcription.

Pricing and terms: Basic plan (free): 300 monthly transcription minutes, 30 minutes per conversation, import and transcribe three audio or video files lifetime. More transcription time and features in Pro ($8.33/mo USD) and Business ($20/mo USD) plans.

Check it out: http://otter.ai

Parlay Genie

Parlay Genie (part of Parlay) is a discussion prompt generator. It generates higher-order thinking questions for your class based on a topic, a YouTube video, or an article. It uses ChatGPT to generate prompts for your students.

How it works: Create a RoundTable inside Parlay (parlayideas.com). Select Parlay Genie. Choose between a written or verbal RoundTable. Fill in information about the topic you want and click "Generate Prompt". Edit what it creates if you'd like. Then invite students.

Pricing and terms: Basic plan (free): Unlimited courses and students, 12 RoundTables (at one time). Individual premium ($120/year): Everything in Basic plus unlimited RoundTables, co-teachers, data export, and more.

Check it out: http://parlayideas.com


A tool that converts text into beautiful charts, including area, bar, line, composed, scatter, and pie charts -- and more.

How it works: Enter a description of your data and the desired single chart type in the input field. The generator will create the chart for you in just a few seconds.

Pricing and terms: Free


Runway is an AI-powered creative suite with a variety of "AI Magic Tools." Generate videos, generate images, reimagine an image, erase things from videos, slow mo a video, remove backgrounds, and more.

How it works: Depending on the tool, you provide a text description or an image and then tell the tool what you want it to do. Use the result however you'd like.

Pricing and terms: Free Forever: 125 credits to use tools (but can't buy more credits). Standard ($12/mo): 625 credits to use tools (buy more as needed).

Check it out: http://runwayml.com

Hello History

Hello History is an app that lets you have life-like conversations with historical figures. Get a personal perspective on life, history, and the world from some of the most influential figures of all time - Cleopatra, Einstein, Buddha, and more.

How it works: Use the app (iOS and Android). Choose a historical character. Ask it questions and discuss.

Pricing and terms: Limited free version with in-app upgrades.

DeepL Translator

Translate text and files in 31 languages. Take your translations and tailor them to fit your needs. 

How it works: Copy/paste text to be translated -- or upload a PDF, document, or PowerPoint file. DeepL will detect the language and translate for you. 

Pricing and terms: Free (up to 3,000 characters, 3 locked documents/mo, 10 glossary items). Starter $8.74/mo USD) and other paid plans offer unlimited text translations, more file translations, and more glossaries.

Check it out: http://deepl.com

PDF Chatbot

This is a Chatbot that lets you ask it questions about the PDF file you've uploaded. It will also suggest questions you can ask from the PDF file.

How it works: Upload a PDF document. Then interact with the chatbot to get answers to questions you may have about the content of the PDF.

Pricing and terms: Free

Check it out: http://AskYourPDF.com


QuestionWell generates an endless supply of questions so teachers can focus on what matters. Just input some reading, and the AI will write essential questions, learning objectives, and aligned multiple choice questions.

How it works: Copy/paste a reading. Add a topic and any learning objectives/standards. The AI creates learning objectives and questions you can export.

Pricing and terms: Free

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  • Gary BAU says:

    Wolframcloud.com has ChatGPT4 as an option
    [Free registration]

  • Sarah says:

    This is great! Another is eSpark – students can co-create stories based on their interests using AI: http://www.esparklearning.com/choice-texts/

  • Claudia says:

    thank you for sharing. I learnt so much, I can’t wait to try using some of these AIs and other teaching tools.

  • Ryan Saenz says:

    Here is another one – Expontum (https://www.expontum.com/) – Helps students and researchers quickly find knowledge gaps and identify what research projects have been completed before.

  • April says:

    Eduaide.ai is also a good resource along with MagicSchool.

  • mehir says:

    Thank you very much for sharing these great resources

  • Silvia Jones says:

    Great resource! I use https://learnt.ai mainly – primarily for reports, activity ideas and there is a lesson planner chat bot thing that is pretty good. Thanks for the other recommendations!

  • Yvonne Tam says:

    I love all the suggested AI. Over the years, a teacher has to create and seek for resources to enhance their teaching. Not to mention, the students expectations are far more different than years ago. Some of AI are even free to apply and incorporate in our classroom. These AIs definitely help students engage and motivate. Thanks for all these wonderful AIs.

  • Adeel Khan says:

    Magicschool.ai is a great tool to add to this list. It can help lesson plan, differentiate, write assessments, write IEPs, communicate clearly, and more.

  • Den says:

    I am using https://classx.org a lot. They have tools for teachers as well as students. I particularly enjoy the conversation practice chatbots. My students love chatting with the AI.

  • Gail Anne Ruckel says:

    Thank you the amount of information is toooo much thank you

  • Artur says:

    My favorite tool is MayAI.org

  • Natalie says:

    You should include briskteaching.com

    It saves me hours a week

  • You should include Teacherbot. In my view, the most innovative approach to using AI for teachers and planning.

  • Indranil Mitra says:

    Simply awesome!

  • Rob says:

    Speachify is no longer free. It has a free 3 day trial.

  • Sarah P says:

    I love ChatGPT! But I think Twee is much more convenient for a busy teacher cuz you don’t need to try many different requests to get the desired result. You can just pick a tool, type in a topic and that’s it, the task is ready 🤯That’s so simple!

  • Bob Clark says:

    Matt, you continue to amaze me. I will be first in line for your new book. That said, if you ever need someone to be a guinea pig for some of these sites to give you feedback, feel free to ask as I am really enjoying experimenting with AI. I also would like to second what Angie said about twee.com it has some really good tools for teachers.

  • Angie says:

    This article is really awesome! Here’s another AI platform for teachers twee.com. Did you see it before? I’m an ESL teacher and use it to prepare for my lessons.

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