Class 3: Exploring AI in the Classroom

I showed ChatGPT our AI Toolkit page and asked it to write a two paragraph introduction. This is what I got back …

In this week’s class, we will be diving into the world of AI tools and resources. As part of our course, we are allowing the use of AI tools for weekly assignments and encouraging you to use them in creative ways. However, it’s important to remember that AI is a tool and its limitations. You must acknowledge the use of AI in your assignments and include a paragraph explaining its use. Additionally, be cautious of the information provided by AI and use it ethically.

We have compiled a list of AI tools, including writing tools like ChatGPT, image tools like DALL-E, audio/video tools like Google Speech-to-Text, and even some clever projects. All of these resources are free or have free intro promotions. We will be incorporating these tools into our course throughout the semester, so make sure to take advantage of them. Keep in mind that AI is just a tool and you need to consider its limitations and ethical concerns before using it.

~ChatGPT

Back to the human … As you can see it’s pretty easy to get content out of AI – but is it any good? I find these two paragraphs to be rather cold. ChatGPT selected a few details from the AI ToolKit page, but did not use them effectively to create interest in today’s lesson. So let’s ignore and start over ….


In today’s class we will explore the tools found on our AI Toolkit page. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the tools plus find some tips on writing better prompts (that’s the key to success with AI). You’ll be working in groups and we will share our findings.

We will also consider how AI could be used or misused in the classroom. Remember that in this course, AI use is permitted – but you cite all AI work and reflect on how successful it was. See our Course AI Policy.


ChatGPT Demo Prompts

I asked ChatGPT: I am teaching college students about AI. Give me a few short demonstrations they can do to find out about ChatGPT. Make them fun

Here’s what ChatGPT gave me back. They all seem like useable activities. It makes me wonder about using it as a brainstorming tool.

  1. “ChatGPT Storytime”: Have students give ChatGPT a starting sentence, and see how the model continues the story. For example, “Once upon a time, there was a little girl who lived in a magical forest.” This activity can be made more fun by having students come up with their own creative starting sentences and comparing the different story outcomes.
  2. “ChatGPT Poetry Jam”: Have students give ChatGPT a line of poetry, and see how well it can continue the poem. For example, “Roses are red, violets are blue” this activity can be made more fun by having students come up with their own opening lines and create a collaborative poem with ChatGPT.
  3. “ChatGPT Dialogue”: Have students come up with a script for a conversation between two characters, and have ChatGPT generate the dialogue. This activity can be made more fun by having students act out the conversations with each other, or by having them compete to see who can create the most interesting or humorous script.
  4. “ChatGPT News Headlines”: Have students give ChatGPT a topic, and see how well it can generate a news headline on that topic. For example, “What is the headline for the latest news on climate change?”. This activity can be made more fun by having students compete to see who can come up with the most creative or attention-grabbing headline.
  5. “ChatGPT Song Lyrics”: Have students give ChatGPT a line of song lyrics, and see how well it can continue the song. For example, “Verse 1: I was feeling down and out” this activity can be made more fun by having students compete to see who can come up with the most catchy or well-written verse, and even forming a song with ChatGPT’s output.

Image Generating Demo Prompts

    I asked ChatGPT a follow up question: : I’m also going to be demonstrating AI image generating tools like DALLE-E and Lexica. Give me five short demonstrations students can use to find out about AI image generation. Make them fun.

    Here’s what ChatGPT generated for ideas. But I’m not sure that image generators will be able to do these tasks as written. They might work as a jump off point. For example, I don’t think it could “design a planet.” But it would be interesting to see if it could design inhabitants, if you gave it parameters (such as heavy gravity). So we will use or modify as needed.

    1. “Design a new planet using AI image generation tools and describe the unique features and inhabitants of the planet.”
    2. “Create a fashion line using AI image generation tools and present your collection in a virtual runway show.”
    3. “Visualize your dream home using AI image generation tools, including interior and exterior design.”
    4. “Use AI image generation tools to design a series of postcards from imaginary travels to different parts of the world.”
    5. “Create a set of AI-generated book covers for a collection of your favorite classic novels and present the designs to the class.”

    Assignment 3: AI in Education

    In this assignment, you are invited to explore the impact of AI on education, either positive or negative, from the perspective of a teacher or student. You can also use the assignment to experiment with AI tools and see if they can assist you in creating educational content or materials.

    This is a great opportunity to get hands-on with AI tools and reflect on their impact on the field of education. Have fun and be creative!

    To complete the task, you may choose to post “about” or “use” AI for creation. For example:

    1. “About AI”: Write a reflection on the implications of AI in education, including its potential benefits and / or drawbacks.
    2. “Use AI”: Create an educational resource using AI tools, such as creating lesson plans, student activities, or rubrics. Some great ideas here: A Teacher’s Prompt Guide to ChatGPT 
    3. Some combination or new idea of your own.

    Feel free to AI tools to assist you in developing the post – brainstorm ideas, polish up your writing, create a title or generate a featured image.

    For all assignments – be sure to create an interesting title, a featured image, citations and hyperlinks for any public domain images or external content used.

    Any AI use will need to be cited and you should reflect on the AI generating process you used to create the product. You can site the AI text or image tool you utilized. Include the image-generating prompt you used.


    About the Featured Image

    It was made with Lexica using the prompt: “Create a featured image for a WordPress post called “Exploring AI in the Classroom” It should include a student and teacher exploring a Maurice Sendak style setting like “Where the Wild Things Are.”

    I had to input the same prompt three different times to get this image. The artistic style doesn’t seem very Sendak. But the content feel like him. I tried three image generators with the same prompt. Here’s another image created by Lexica and images from DALL-E and Karlo.

    Class 2: Teaching with Images

    Teaching with Images

    Photo by Soragrit Wongsa on Unsplash

    This class will focus on how to teach with images. We will brainstorm some image teaching ideas. And we’ll learn how to find public domain / copyright free image and how to add image blocks to a WordPress post.

    FINDING PUBLIC DOMAIN / COPYRIGHT FREE IMAGES

    For more information on public domain searches visit our Working with Images page. You will also find a collection of “How-To” videos there.

    In class activity
    1. Students will work in small groups to find some images and turn them into a short learning activity. Group work will be posted on this shared Google Slide.
    2. Student groups will also review a selected student post and evaluate how prior students made use of images to design a lesson. Post your comments on same Google slide.
    FEATURED IMAGES IN WORDPRESS

    Students will learn how to make a “Featured Image” for their WordPress posts. Then they will create one to add to last week’s post. A WordPress “Featured Image” should have a portrait format image. It appears in the top of the post and serves as an “icon” for the post on WordPress and social media. Students use a small or medium size version of image.

    Option: Students MAY add text “over” the featured post image using a variety of apps – CanvaAdobe Spark Post, or any other app like PowerPoint or Keynote that lets you add text over images and save as a JPG or PNG file.


    WordPress Image blocks

    Students will be introduced to WordPress image block styles and how to work with each one.

    Image, Cover and Media and Text use a single image.

    Image compare uses two images

    The other blocks use multiple images.

    Click this link to see how-to videos for using image blocks


    Assignment 2: Design an Image-based Learning Activity | Image activities 23-A2

    We will use this assignment as a chance to practice our public domain search skills. It will also involve a bit of curation to decide which images to use. Plus we can explore ways to use images to support instruction. 

    Students should design a post that features at least two image blocks. (For example a Gallery and an Image compare.)

    Here’s some student posts from previous students.

    Post guidelines:
    1. Students should use TWO different image blocks to design a short image-based learning activity. 
    2. For example:  vocabulary, pre-reading activity, close reading of image, compare / contrast, continuity / change, activate prior knowledge etc.
    3. Context of lesson – target students (grade, course)
    4. Instructions for the student.
    5. All images should be in the public domain.
    6. All images should have an active hyperlink back to the source. (Always be sure to check your links.)
    7. Interesting title for the post
    8. Featured image for the post

    Class 1: Tell a Story with WordPress

    Tell a Story with WordPress

    Image source: Pixabay / Mysticsartdesign

    Most of class will consist of one-on-one meetings with students and instructor – while rest of class works on their first post. Students will also receive an overview of the course and expectations.

    See screencast video below: “Get Started with WordPress Blocks


    Intro to WordPress web publishing 

    All classes and student work will be published to this site. We do this to motivate both the instructor and students to do their best work – since “the world is watching.” WordPress is a simple and popular way to create a website. And it’s a great skill to have – because WordPress is used by roughly 1 out of every 3 websites in the world.


    Assignment 1: “Tell an Ed Story with Web Content” | WordPress Stories 23-A3

    Students will create their first web post and have a chance to get familiar with WordPress platform. Guided practice time will be provided during class, so that students can get personalized assistance. 

    The goal of this first assignment is learning to work with WordPress Blocks – choose them, insert them, move them around and edit your post.

    While the content of the post is secondary to the process, you should choose a theme that lets you “tell” an educational story. For example a theme such as:

    • My student life …
    • My old school / or teachers that inspired me.
    • Best or worse ideas for teachers (or students).
    • Letter to my future (teacher) self.
    • An education-related story or fairytale.
    • Any other education -related prompt that supports the task.

    While much of your post will be text, use at least 5 WordPress embeds from other sources to illustrate or elaborate on your narrative. Embed can include:

    You can find WordPress Embed blocks at the bottom of the block list. You might try:

    • GIFs from Giphy
    • Posts from Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, Twitter, Reddit, Imgur, Pinterest
    • Videos from YouTube, Vimeo, TED
    • Audio from Spotify or MixCloud
    • Other embeds supported by WordPress

    Note: Only GIFs have a built in search by topic. All others require first finding the content on the destination platform and then copy the URL into the appropriate WordPress embed block. Most platforms have a share button that leads to a URL you can copy.

    Your post should include:

    1. Clever title – be creative with this.
    2. Some explanatory text using Paragraph or Headings blocks.
    3. At least 5 embeds from list above (use as many as you want from any one source)
    4. NO IMAGES for now – next week we will learn how to find public domain images and add them to your posts. 

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