March 24, 2023

The trending AI tools students are using to fuel their health, happiness, and future success

It seems like the world can’t get enough of AI tools right now. Just four months after the launch of its popular ChatGPT AI platform, its parent company, OpenAI, recently announced they are releasing an updated version of the software: ChatGPT 4. This version claims to be “40% more likely” to give accurate responses and has enhanced creativity and collaboration capabilities. 

ChatGPT-4 isn’t just more accurate and creative than its predecessor, but it also has the ability to process and analyze pictures. And where ChatGPT was almost too smart for its own good and known to show bias by getting around its built-in filters, OpenAI says they have trained ChatGPT-4 for 6 months to make it safer and more accurate.

These enhancements to ChatGPT are exciting and continue to keep the chatbot top of mind for educators and students. But, it isn’t the only AI tool in the game. Did you know there are plenty of other AI tools out there that students can use to enhance their learning, increase productivity, and brainstorm ideas with a built-in personal assistant? 

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With the recent spark in AI, students and educators are empowered more than ever to use different AI tools in the classroom, at home, and on social media. Check out these trending AI tools that educators should know about:

  • My AI
    • Snapchat is meeting students on their level and providing them with access to AI with its own in-app AI chatbot. With over 60 million downloads in 2022 alone, Snapchat remains one of students’ favorite apps, and My AI is a fun and convenient way for students to quickly ask questions, make plans with friends over the weekend, or even get tips on staying organized and productive. To learn more, read our blog on how My AI is impacting your students.
  • Parlay Genie
    • Parlay is an online platform that empowers students to express themselves, promotes conversation, and enables educators to observe students’ progress. A new feature within the platform, Parlay Genie, uses AI to cut down lesson planning time for teachers by generating discussion prompts on a teacher’s chosen topic that promote deeper thinking and are grade-level appropriate.
  • Grammarly 
    • Yes! Grammarly, the popular web browser add-on that helps with grammar as you type, is powered by AI. Used by more than 30 million people each day, Grammarly is a digital writing tool designed to improve grammar, spelling, and punctuation in written content. Teachers can encourage their students to download the free version of Grammarly to proofread and catch grammatical and spelling errors and even make sure their essays are plagiarism-free.
  • Dragon Speech Recognition
    • By transcribing 160 words per minute with 99% accuracy, Dragon Speech Recognition is empowering students with accessibility needs or who find it challenging to type or write. Not only can it type out student responses quickly and accurately, but it also uses verbal commands so students can use their voice as a mouse to navigate their devices.

TSI’s Take

Advancements in technology are always a little daunting. And while there are some very real challenges to navigating AI, when we proactively empower students to use these tools in positive and high-character ways, educators can actually enhance their student’s learning and support their well-being.

Here are some tips on how to use technology for good in your classroom:

  • Engage students with interactive learning tools: Use digital resources like educational apps, interactive whiteboards, and #WinAtSocial to make learning more engaging and interactive.
  • Foster collaboration and communication: Encourage students to collaborate with one another through group projects, online discussion forums, and shared documents.
  • Teach digital citizenship: Empower and equip students on positive technology use. Watch this past webinar to see how other schools are creating digital leaders. 

By using technology in a thoughtful and intentional way, educators can create a positive and engaging learning environment for their students. Check out this blog to find out more about ed-tech tools you can bring to the classroom. 

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The Social Institute (TSI) is the leader in understanding student experiences and creator of #WinAtSocial, a gamified, online learning platform that equips students, educators, and families to navigate social experiences — online and offline — in healthy ways. Our unique, student-respected approach incorporates topics like social media, technology use, and current events that have a significant impact on student well-being. Lessons teach life skills for the modern day to inspire high-character decisions that support the health, happiness, and future success of students, while capturing data that provides insights to school leaders to inform school policy and communications, and enable high-impact teaching and a healthy learning environment. For schools, our turnkey technology allows for easy implementation and a comprehensive game plan to support the well-being of school communities. For schools, our turnkey technology allows for easy implementation and a comprehensive game plan to support the well-being of school communities.