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How to Use Artificial Intelligence (AI) Powered Technologies to Design Lesson Plans and Teach English

Teaching English
Last week, I was glad to run a webinar session for the English Language Teachers (ELT) community in MentoHub. Together, we have explored the artificial intelligence (AI) tools that can be used to design highly effective lesson plans, streamline the lesson preparation process, and take quality of teaching to the next level.

Here are the AI-powered tools we have explored. All of them are free to use:

Poe - It is an amazing lifesaver and lets the users ask questions and get instant, high-quality responses. Teachers can use ChatGPT-3.5 full and ChatGPT-4 limited versions and several other AI-powered tools. I use the tool to generate tailor-made texts for my students, help myself create warm-up activities, and complete research tasks.

Twee - It is another wonderful tool that teachers can use to create various tasks for teaching English. From generating various texts for their lessons to creating multiple-choice questions, you name it, they have it. The quality of my lesson plans has really taken on a new shape since I started using the tool and I also started saving a lot of my precious time as well.

QuilBot - This is a productivity tool that has many useful features, but I personally use its grammar checker whenever I compose any announcements for my students or write assignments in my MA course. While I can review and polish my own grammar, spelling, and punctuation myself as well, I use the tool to automate this task for me and save my time as well as my nerves as much as possible. I think as a student and teacher it worth using such tools to make our life a bit easier.

CheckforAI & GPTZero - These two tools are some of the best, most reliable, and easiest to use these days if teachers suspect that their students are using AI tools to generate their essays and/or assignments. Although they do not always provide highly accurate information about whether a student really employed AI tools to write his or her paper, I still use both of them to ensure that I am not being fooled by my own students. Morever, TurnitIn is also rolling out its AI detector in April 2023 to help educators identify content generated by AI and maintain integrity.

MyBib - This one is another interesting tool that helps students run research with peace in their mind. With MyBib, students will not have to worry about saving their sources anywhere on their computer or manually creating the reference list, because otherwise, creating a reference list can take hours, if not days. With MyBib, all you have to do is enter the right information and use a bit of common sense and the rest is taken care by the AI amazingly well. I had been using the tool for almost two years without actually realizing that it is AI powered. Whoever has created the tool has really done a good job to make students and teachers' life easier.

Article Summarizer - Most of us know that when reading literature, even scanning and skimming the research articles can take extremely long hours, and when the deadlines are approaching, anyone wants to speed up the whole process and get down on their desk and write their assignment. This an article summarizer is a great life and time saver here. All you have to do is upload the research paper and watch the magic happen in the front of your eyes.
Alternatively, I also suggest checking out the following AI-powered tools to streamline the research process and become more productive as an MA or PhD student. See below:
Now I would like to invite you to my recorded online webinar session and explore the tools I have described above together.
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