Tuesday, February 28, 2023

AI, AI, and AI - The Month in Review

Good evening from Maine where the sun has set on the shortest month of the year. It also seemed to be the coldest month of the year. And to close out the month we're having another snowstorm! 

AI (artificial intelligence) is the most popular topic in all of the educational technology landscape today. Likewise, four of the most popular posts on this blog in February were about artificial intelligence tools. 

As I do at the end of every month, I've put together a list of the ten most popular posts of the month. Take a look and see if there's something interesting that you missed earlier this month. 

1. 10 Tools for Gathering Real-time Feedback From Students
2. Free Course on ChatGPT and AI in Education
3. The Makers of ChatGPT Have Launched a Tool to Detect Text Written With AI
4. Three Good Tools for Recording Brainstorming Sessions
5. 75 Google Documents Tutorials
6. Three Tools for Detecting Writing Created by AI
7. 167 Math In "Real Life" Lessons
8. GPTZero - Another Tool to Detect Writing Created by AI
9. New Padlet Feature! Present Padlet Walls as Slideshows
10. Lumen5 - Quickly Turn Your Writing Into Videos

Make More Money This Year!
If you're looking for a way to put a little more money in your pocket this year, my self-paced course How to Create and Sell Digital Products in 2023 is for you! It's one of three on-demand courses that I currently offer.

Workshops and eBooks
If you'd like to have me speak at your school or conference, please send me an email at richardbyrne (at) freetech4teachers.com or fill out the form on this page. Book me for this school year and I'll include copies of my eBook for all of the teachers in your school. 

50 Tech Tuesday Tips!
50 Tech Tuesday Tips is an eBook that I created with busy tech coaches, tech integration specialists, and media specialists in mind. In it you'll find 50 ideas and tutorials that you can use as the basis of your own short PD sessions. Get a copy today!

Other Places to Follow Me:
  • The Practical Ed Tech Newsletter comes out every Sunday evening/ Monday morning. It features my favorite tip of the week and the week's most popular posts from Free Technology for Teachers.
  • My YouTube channel has nearly 45,000 subscribers watching my short tutorial videos on a wide array of educational technology tools. 
  • I've been Tweeting as @rmbyrne for fifteen years. 
  • I update my LinkedIn profile a time or two every week.
  • The Free Technology for Teachers Facebook page features new and old posts from this blog throughout the week. 
  • If you're curious about my life outside of education, you can follow me on Strava.
This post originally appeared on FreeTech4Teachers.com. If you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission. Featured image captured by Richard Byrne.

Great Art Explained

Despite the efforts of my friend Maggie, I don't always understand what makes one work of art great and a similar-looking one fit for display in a Hilton Garden Inn. I thought about that last weekend when I came across a YouTube channel called Great Art Explained. The channel seems to have been made for folks just like me. 

Great Art Explained features twenty-five videos that provide ten to fifteen minute explanations of some of the works of Van Gogh, Picasso, Warhol, Monet, Hokusai, and many others. The videos that I watched over the weekend explained both the artwork itself and the life of the artist and how that influenced their artwork. 



Applications for Education
Great Art Explained could be a good resource for art teachers as well as history teachers. The videos are short enough to be useful for flipped classroom lessons while still providing enough depth to spark good classroom discussions about the works. 

On a related note, you might also be interested in this collection of more than 900 art history books available to view online