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Many schools are welcoming back students this week or have done so in the last few weeks. 

There's no doubt that if some of them didn't know about tools like ChatGPT they will now. They'll be ready to use them. Many of them will be waiting for that first homework, so they can use ChatGPT. 

How amazing is that! Students around the world want to use AI. How are you going to prepare them for it? How will you build their skills to use AI?

In this edition I present my favourite AI tools for the traditional classroom. 

There are two exclusive announcements too!

I'm looking forward to visiting these schools this week for some AI professional development:

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I am delighted to be giving the Keynote address at The Primary Leaders conference in Yorkshire on 13th October. 

This day of varied, high quality CPD, together with an accompanying exhibition will be a great day for all those based in the North. If you use the code AIEDU you will also benefit from a £45 discount enabling you to get a ticket for just £95. 

You can see the full agenda and speaker line up here.

10 AI Tools For The Traditional Classroom

I am a former school senior leader who gets to try cutting edge AI tools and support teachers to implement them in their practice.

Earlier this year I launched the AI Educator Tools platform, a searchable repository for teachers to find impactful AI tools to transform their practice. Since then I have had the pleasure to work with teachers on every continent to innovate their teaching using AI.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of AI tools out there that lack meaningful functionality for teachers and some that are based on weak pedagogical methods.

So, I have done the hard work for you and compiled a list of meaningful AI tools you can use right away. To save you time, focus on these 10 tools and I guarantee it will transform your classroom. You will even find some exclusive announcements for some of the tools below.

I have purposely not focussed on the giants of AI generation tools such as ChatGPT and Google Bard. You can access these very simply by going to their websites. Click here to get instant access to my 44-page guide to using these tools well with the PREP model.


Magic School AI

An impressive range of AI tools

Founder Adeel Khan’s personal motto is “An AI assistant for every teacher in the world”. This ambition is starting to be realised through Magic School AI. This impressive range of simple and easy to use AI tools for teachers is always a crowd pleaser in my training sessions.

At my last count there were 51 AI tools on their site, from a Student Work Feedback Generator to a Teacher Joke Generator. Having just worked with schools in Dubai, I asked it for a joke based on my travels and this is what I got: Why did the camel take a vacation to Dubai? Because it wanted to experience a hump day in style! Not too bad. They even have their own teaching coach in the form of a chatbot called Raina.

Pricing: Free
Website: Magicschool.ai



Use AI to deliver interactive lessons

Curipod uses AI to generate lesson plans, activities, and assessments, which can be customised by teachers to meet the needs of their students. Curipod also includes a variety of features to promote student collaboration and discussion, such as polls, quizzes, and word clouds.

One of the things that I like most about Curipod is that it can help teachers save time. The AI-generated lesson plans are a great starting point, and teachers can easily customise them to fit their own style. This can free up teachers' time to focus on other aspects of their teaching, such as planning engaging activities and providing feedback to students.

Pricing: Free, Premium and School Licences
Website: Curipod.com


Canva Magic Design

Turn words into presentations

I love demonstrating this tool for teachers and seeing their reaction. With just a few of your words Magic Design will design a first draft of a set of presentation slides for your next lesson. Sit back and watch your lesson ideas come to life on your slides, with bespoke images included.

To access Magic Design you will need a Canva account. You can upgrade this account to an educator account for free.

Pricing: Free with a Canva account
Website: Canva.com


Canva Text to Image

Turn your imagination into creative images

Canva's new Text to Image feature is a powerful tool that can help teachers create stunning visuals for their lessons. Simply enter a description of the image you want to create, and Canva's AI will generate a new image from scratch.

This means that teachers can now create images for their lessons that are truly unique and original. No longer are they limited to using stock images that may not be relevant to their subject or topic. With Text to Image, teachers can create images that perfectly illustrate their lesson plans.

Pricing: Free with a Canva account
Website: Canva.com



Immersive learning experiences powered by AI

For Thinglink users (if that’s not you, you’re missing out!), the new AI functionality in their editor offers multiple AI tools aimed at streamlining content creation and enhancing user engagement.

The "Tag Suggestions" feature auto-generates tags to help overcome writer's block, while the "Suggest Branches" tool offers potential pathways in scenarios and the "Generate Questions" tool creates thought-provoking questions for learners. The AI can also summarise projects with "Write a Recap" and enhance existing text through "Re-write Text Blocks."

Exclusive announcement: ThingLink has recently hinted to me at its updated roadmap, focusing on pushing the boundaries of interactive and immersive AI content creation. One of the standout features will be the platform's evolved capability to facilitate both 2D and 360-degree AI image generation. This expansion is a game-changer for ThingLink creators, who can now not only upload their own images but also generate entirely new ones right within the platform. This newfound flexibility enables teachers to develop more immersive and engaging visual content, allowing them to better captivate their students.

Pricing: Free 60-Day Trial, with the option of a pro-teacher and school licence
Website: Thinglink.com


5 Minute Lesson Plan

Pedagogical research meets AI

The famous lesson planner from Teacher Toolkit embraces AI. Artificial Intelligence will complete the lesson plan for you, then using cognitive science it helps you streamline your thought process to quality assure and edit when needed.

Give some key details about the lesson and any additional context to help the AI get to work. It’ll add some clever tags in for you too. This AI tool is a fantastic way for teachers who’ve used the 5MLP to get acquainted with the power of AI. You can also print the lesson plans and share them with colleagues.

Pricing: Free for 2 weeks
Website: 5minutelessonplan.co.uk



Audio note taking enhanced with AI

This isn’t strictly a tool designed for teachers, but it will do wonders for your productivity. AudioPen transforms messy voice notes into publish-ready text. Draft articles, memos, emails, and more in a fraction of the time.

If you are like me I like to take voice notes on my phone. This comes in very handy when I’m out or in my car and get an idea for a lesson, task or resource. Simply take your voice notes and let AudioPen transform them into usable text, with summaries and much more.

Pricing: Free, with the option of a paid Prime account
Website: audiopen.ai


Teachable Machine

Get your students to train an AI model

Teachable Machine is a web-based tool that makes creating machine learning models fast, easy, and accessible to everyone.

You can train a computer to recognise your own images, sounds, & poses. It’s a fast, easy way to get your students thinking about AI and creating machine learning models for their sites, apps, and more. No expertise or coding required.

Pricing: Free
Website: teachablemachine.withgoogle.com


Real Fast Reports

A fantastic single-use AI platform

Real Fast Reports claims to help you write better school reports, faster. The feedback I hear from teachers backs up this claim. It is loved by those who use it.

I really like this tool as the founders identified a pressing need for teachers - help writing many reports every year - and they quickly provided an AI solution. A solution that works.

Pricing: First 10 reports are free. Whole school pricing models.
Website: realfastreports.com


Study Hall AI

An impressive integrated teaching and learning platform

Platforms like Study Hall are how meaning and lasting AI integration happens in education. Study Hall is a cutting edge curriculum and assessment platform that integrates a bespoke artificial intelligence to drive learning.

It includes features such as a one-click personalised homework function, personalised content and curriculum by interest, high-quality SATs and 11+ prep (ISEB, Consortium 11+ and GL 11+, 13+), an AI Literacy curriculum based on reading comprehension, data literacy and computational thinking, knowledge tracing and a conversational dashboard to close knowledge gaps and a game board feature for quizzes to build engagement and fluency. It’s also GDPR and data compliant.

Click here to check out this video of what’s to come with this platform.

Exclusive announcement: Schools are invited to become part of the free trial. Email [email protected] to register your interest.

Pricing: Free for schools
Website: studyhall.ai


The world of AI tools for educators is a treasure trove waiting to be discovered. Have you found a gem that I've missed? Do share.