In last month’s TechBytes, I shared the Digital Literacy & AI Playbook For Educators. This month, we’re diving deeper into generative AI tools and how we can use the skill of prompcraft to generate high-quality responses.
What is Prompcraft?
Prompcraft is the skill of being able to ask AI the right questions in order to get the response you need. With good prompt skills, educators can use generative AI to create engaging and personalized learning experiences for students.
Let’s start with the PREP framework developed by Daniel Fitzpatrick, Amanda Fox, and Brad Weinstein, authors of The AI Classroom: The Ultimate Guide to Artificial Intelligence in Education.
- Step 1: Prompt- Introduce the question with a prompt. This is setting the stage for the rest of the instruction. Ex: Create a Quiz about coastal erosion.
- Step 2: Role- Give it a role or a voice. By assigning a role, you give your AI a clear understanding of what you want it to accomplish. Ex: You are a geography teacher who is an expert on coastal erosion and creating engaging quizzes.
- Step 3: Explicit- Give it explicit instructions. Be specific about what you want your AI tool to do. Ex: Include questions on hydraulic action, compression, abrasion, and attrition.
- Step 4: Parameters- Set precise parameters to define the scope and boundaries of the answer. Ex: Write 10 questions, with 4 being multiple choice. Write them with a reading age of 12 years old. Include answers at the end.
Now that you’ve prompted the AI tool, the next step is to analyze the response using the EDIT framework.
- Step 5: Evaluate- Evaluate your AI output content for language, facts, and structure. Are there any statements in the AI output that seem unlikely or implausible?
- Step 6: Determine- Determine if the AI-generated response is accurate. What kind of evidence is presented, and is it reliable and credible?
- Step 7: Identify- Identify any biases or misinformation in the output. Does the text provide a limited or biased view of the topic?
- Step 8: Transform- Adjust the generated response to make it your own by adding new information. Does the AI-generated text sound like something a human would say or write? What additional information do I need to add?
This prompt engineering framework provides you with best practices for crafting effective prompts and transforming the output you receive from the AI. Click here to download a PDF copy of this framework outline.
Now that we know how to craft a prompt for AI let’s explore some AI tools for educators. An important note: do not input any student names or grade data when collaborating with AI. These are considered personally identifiable information (PII) that cannot be shared with AI and, if shared, can result in a FERPA violation.
5 AI Tools for Educators
Eduaide. Ai is labeled as The AI Teaching Assistant. Educators collaborate with Generative AI to create, refine, and personalize instructional materials.
- Main goal: make teaching and learning more efficient and effective by providing personalized learning experiences for students
- Key feature: generating lessons and activities based on topic and grade level.
- Things to consider: The free plan offers 15 generations a month.
Canva Magic Write: https://canva.com
Magic Write is an AI-enabled writing assistant that empowers anyone to create content effortlessly and quickly. It can generate sentences, paragraphs, lists, outlines, and more based on the text prompt you enter.
- Main goal: generate text from a text prompt or by using existing text in your document
- Key Feature: Options for your text output- continue writing, summarize text, rewrite, more fun, more formal, sprinkle fairy dust, fix spelling
- Things to consider: already built into our Canva platform
- Main goal: a chatbot that lets users enter prompts to receive humanlike text created by AI
- Key Feature: Answer questions and help with designing lessons and activities
- Things to consider: ChatGPT stores all communication. There is no way to delete any of the prompts you submit.
Brisk Teaching: Chrome Extension
- Main goal: Chrome extension designed to make teaching and learning more efficient and effective
- Key Feature: Change the reading level of text or use it to generate curriculum resources or feedback.
- Things to consider: Brisk has a built in Ai detection generator. However, AI detection softwares are found to be only 26% accurate.
Magic School: https://www.magicschool.ai/
- Main goal: Helping teachers save time through the magic of AI
- Key feature: Use text leveler to change reading levels, use rubric generator to develop rubrics, and use the feedback generator to provide feedback on student papers.
- Things to consider: New AI tools are consistently being added
It is important to note that these AI tools are not available to students at this time.
I look forward to sharing additional AI resources with you soon.
Instructional Technology Specialist