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
We have gathered 30 of our favorite AI tools for the classroom below. You can scroll down and check them all out or jump to any category of tools by clicking on the icon below.
Note: Pricing is accurate as of our most recent update in November 2023.
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Bing Chat is an ChatGPT-4 powered chatbot that can help you browse the web, answer questions, and much more. It can be accessed through the Bing website or Microsoft Edge browser, and can be used to ask both simple and complex questions, request summaries of articles, books, events, news, sports results, and more. Bing Chat can also be used as a creative tool, helping you write poems, stories, or even share ideas for a project
How it works: Just go to bing.com and click chat. (You’ll need to be logged in to a Microsoft account.) When you do, you can
- Provide Bing with questions or prompts and get detailed responses powered by generative AI
- Choose whether you want a balanced response -- or something more creative or precise
- Upload images to your search that you want the AI assistant to analyze
- Ask questions with your voice by clicking the microphone button
- Get AI-generated responses on the go with the Bing mobile app
Pricing and terms: Free.
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.
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.
Google Bard is an experimental conversational AI chat service developed by Google. Google Bard is designed to engage in text-based conversations with users, offering responses and generating human-like dialogue. It uses advanced natural language processing techniques to understand and generate text in response to user prompts, making it a useful tool for natural language understanding and generation.
How it works: Go to bard.google.com (if you are in a education account your admin will need to first enable access) and enter your question, prompt or have a conversation with Bard
Pricing and terms: Google Bard is free.
Pi is your personal AI companion, ready to assist you with various tasks and provide answers to your queries. It's designed to be supportive, smart, and available whenever you need it.
How it works: To use Pi, you can interact with it through text or voice commands. You can ask questions, seek advice, or simply engage in conversation with the AI. It's intended to be a helpful companion for various tasks and interactions.
Pricing and terms: Pi is free.
Visual & Design Tools
Adobe Express with Firefly
Adobe Express incorporates Adobe's Firefly generative AI model, which gives users new ways to bring their ideas to life. With generative AI, you can create custom images and text effects using text prompts. As an educator you can use this feature to generate unique and engaging visuals for your lessons and activities.
How it works: You can access Adobe's generative AI tools, powered by Firefly, directly from the Adobe Express all-in-one editor.
Pricing and terms: Free and easy to use.
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.
Pictory AI is a really cool platform that makes it super easy to create engaging videos. It uses advanced AI technology to help you turn your written scripts or articles into captivating videos. You can even add your own voice or use an AI voiceover to bring your video to life.
How it works: After signing up for an account you can copy and paste your video script, or type it directly into the editor. Then choose your template and aspect ratio, and Pictory AI will do the rest.
Your final video and script will be storyboarded by Pictory's AI software, visuals are automatically generated, and captions applied. You can edit it as you want or use it as is.
Pricing and terms: Pictory offers a free trial plan that lets you create up to three video projects, each up to 10 minutes long. If you want more features, they have paid plans starting at $19 per month.
Canva Classroom Magic
Canva Classroom Magic is a suite of AI tools designed for educators. It includes features such as Magic Design, a free AI design tool for creating visual content, and Magic Write, an AI text generator and writer that assists in generating written content.
How it works: Canva Magic Design tools are built into Canva. Once you're logged in, you can explore the Magic Classroom tools, including Magic Design, a free AI design tool, and Magic Write, an AI text generator and writer, by navigating the relevant sections inside of Canva.
Lesson Design & Content Creation Tools
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.
Diffit allows you to get leveled resources for literally anything. You can adapt existing materials for any reader, generate “just right” resources for any topic and then edit and share resources with students.
How it works: Go to web.diffit.me and enter search for a topic, term or question, enter a url or paste copied text. From there choose a reading level and language and click "generate resources". Diffit will automagically generate tons of resources based on the content you provided. They have an ever growing library of templates and gives teachers a few options for sharing the content with students.
Pricing and terms: Teachers who create their free Diffit account before December 31, 2023 will automatically get free trial access to all the new and upcoming premium features through January 31, 2024. Teachers who create an account after January 1, 2024 will automatically get free access to premium features for the first 30 days from their account creation date.
MagicSchool.ai is an AI-powered educational platform designed to help teachers save time by automating tasks such as lesson planning, grading, and generating educational content. It offers over 40 AI tools that are searchable by keyword and categorized for planning, student support, community, productivity, and community tools.
Magic School is trained on best practices for educators, compliant with FERPA
and declines non-education related requests.
How it works: Visit Magic School and choose a tool. From there you will enter in whatever information you need to generate the resource. For example if you choose the YouTube Question Generator you'll enter the grade level, number of questions, question type and video url.
Pricing and terms: Magic School is free.
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.
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.
Eduaide.ai is an AI-powered teaching assistant designed to help teachers with lesson planning, instructional design, and generating educational content. It offers a resource generator, teaching assistant, feedback bot and AI chat.
How it works: Much like MagicSchool.ai, Eduaide.ai provides tons of options for resources for your grade level and content area.
Pricing and terms: Eduaide.ai offers a free plan with limited access and a Pro plan ($5.99/mo) for those who want the full suite of tools and resources.
Khanmigo is an AI-powered learning tool developed by Khan Academy that can be used as a virtual tutor and as a debate partner. It can also be used by teachers to generate lesson plans and assist with other administrative tasks.
How it works: In student mode, Khanmigo can be used as a virtual tutor and debate partner.
In teacher mode, Khanmigo can be used to generate lesson plans and assist with other administrative tasks.
Pricing and terms: From the Khan Academy website: To cover the costs we pay for GPT-4, you’ll be asked to make a monthly donation of $9 or an annual donation of $99 to access Khanmigo's personalized learning.
Copy.ai is an AI-powered writing tool that uses machine learning to generate various types of content, including blog headlines, emails, social media content, web copy, and more.
Educators can use it to generate lesson plans, substitute teaching plans, newsletter copy, email, writing prompts and more.
How it works: Enter your prompt to generate your text copy.
Pricing and terms: Copy.ai offers a free plan in which one user can use 2,000 words or 10 credits a month free of charge and without adding their credit card information. The Pro plan costs $36/month and includes unlimited words or 500 credits per month.
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.
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
Goblin Tools is a collection of small, simple, single-task tools designed to help neurodivergent people with tasks they find overwhelming or difficult. The tools include Magic ToDo, Formalizer, Judge, Estimator, and Compiler.
How it works: To use Goblin Tools, visit the website or download the app and select the tool you need. For example, to use Magic ToDo, users can enter a task and adjust the "spiciness level" to break it down into parts. Once the task is broken down, users can further simplify any subtasks if necessary and check off completed task.
Pricing and terms: The web version of Goblin Tools is free. The apps are reasonably priced (the website states that purchasing the app helps keep the website free).
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.
ChatPDF is an AI-powered tool that allows users to interact with PDF documents in a conversational format. From the website "ChatPDF in a Nutshell
Your PDF AI - like ChatGPT but for PDFs. Summarize and answer questions for free."
How it works: Upload your PDF by clicking on the "Drop PDF here" section and selecting the PDF you want to upload to the chatbot. You can also drag the file into the "Drop PDF here" section. Once you've uploaded the file, you will be sent to the actual chatbot. ChatPDF will automatically generate a brief summary of the key points in the PDF. You can then interact with your document by typing a question in a conversational language in the chat box, just as if speaking to an actual person.
Pricing and terms: ChatPDF allows you to use it for free with 2 PDFs every day, each up to 120 pages.
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
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 as well as student feedback.
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.
Quizizz AI is an artificial intelligence-powered tool that can generate multiple-choice questions with four answer options, of which one is the correct answer. Quizizz AI can automatically determine the appropriate number of questions to generate from the content provided.
Quizizz AI can also modify existing quizzes, both manually created and AI-generated, with Enhance to customize activities according to students' needs.
How it works: From the Quizizz help center- There are three ways in which you can allow Quizizz AI to automatically generate a quiz for you.
- Generate a quiz from a document: Upload a PDF/ PPT/ DOC file and Quizizz AI will extract its contents to generate a set of questions
- Generate a quiz from a webpage: Paste the link to a webpage and Quizizz AI will automatically process its contents to create a quiz
- Generate a quiz from text: Copy and paste any text material, type in your quiz topic, or provide a prompt with a few keywords and watch as Quizizz AI churns out a unique quiz for you
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
Twee is an AI-powered tool designed to simplify lesson planning for English teachers by generating questions, dialogues, stories, letters, articles, multiple-choice questions, true/false statements, and more.
How it works: To use Twee, teachers can go to twee.com and create an account. Once you're in choose a tool to generate resources from such as creating a matching exercise. Input the information needed to produce the content and click "Do the magic!"
Pricing and terms: Teachers can create a free account.
Collaboration & Communication Tools
How it works from the Figma website:
To find and run the Jambot widget:
- Hover over the pile of recently used icons in the toolbar, then click More.
- From the Widgets tab, search Jambot.
- Click or drag to add the widget to the board.
- Add text to the input sticky.
- Select a function.
Pricing and terms: FigJam is free
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
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.