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  I wanted to take a minute to remind everyone that AI is not a future concept. It is here today. Over the holiday season, make some time to play on the website openai.com. It can write, chat, and create images based on prompts from users. It’s   really   good. Your students know may know about this. They may already be passing off AI writing as their own.   Want to know how good it is? Here’s a couple examples. I told openAI to write a script for a sitcom featuring the grinch and a large talking cockroach. This is its response. Up next, I asked openAI If George Washington ran for President of the USA today, would he win the election. ELA Teachers, you can use this to your advantage. I asked for five writing prompts for seventh grade students about holiday adventures. This is what I got. Math teachers, I didn’t leave you out either. I asked for five word problems that require multi-step equations to solve. Moving on to images, I asked for a cell-shaded image of an astronaut riding a un

Thin Slides - EduProtocols

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 Recently, I dropped Squatter 25. If you missed it, find it HERE . The two EduProtocols I covered on Squatter 25 are the Frayer Model, and Thin Slides. I know many of the educators I work with are already familiar with the Frayer Model, but I didn't think anyone had used Thin Slides before... so I made a relatively quick 6 minute video that not only explains the idea behind the Thin Slides EduProtocol, but also sets up a Google Slides template that you can can copy for yourself. Click HERE to make a copy of the template for yourself, and watch the video below to see what it's all about. Happy Thin Sliding!

Squatter 25 - Eduprotocols Introduction

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It's squatter time again! This time we're kicking off a series on Eduprotocols. If you're unfamiliar with Eduprotocols, they are ready-made lesson frameworks. Plug in your content, and you've got a lesson ready to go. The book series was written by Marlena Hebern and Jon Corippo, and are all available on Amazon... or where ever you buy books. Anyway, this Squatter is a little light on content, but look for Squatter 26, 27, and 28 (at least) to contain more great lesson frameworks from the Eduprotocols book series. As always, click on the image below for a PDF version.

Block Certain Sites with Classwize

Ever have students (or entire classes) wandering off to websites you don't want them visiting? Maybe it's just one student that's using Gmail during your class to send messages to friends in other classes. Block it! Here's how you create a rule to do just that with Classwize!

Remove Objects from Pictures with theinpaint.com

 It's been a minute. I can't say much right now, but I've found some new quick tech tools you might find helpful. Take a look at theinpaint.com. Theinpaint.com allows you to remove objects from images. It's web based, and offers an installed version. Honestly, I've only used the web based version. It suits all my needs just fine. Want to remove annoying things from your pictures. Unwanted people from the background of your vacation pictures? Clutter from your office desk? That sock on the floor of an otherwise pristine hotel room? Your annoying little brother from family pictures? Theinpaint can do most of that. Take a look!

Squatter 21 - Protect Yourself

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 Wow. I was preparing a Google Classroom full of resources, and noticed I never did a full release of Squatter 21. Anyway, I'll be the first to admit. I'm not a cybersecurity expert. I don't even like the prefix "cyber." It makes me think of people from the 80's trying to sound smarter than they really are. Anyway, here's some tips. Most of them are solid, reliable tips you can use (along with a little common sense) to keep yourself safe online. When it comes right down to it, thieves are going after the easiest targets out there. Don't be low hanging fruit.

Squatter 24 - Cognitive Bias vol.2

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 Yep. More cognitive biases. In this day and age, it is more important than ever to make sure you are aware of potential bias in an effort to seek the truth, rather than what your brain wants to be the truth. Yes, sometimes those are two different things. For example, find a clock with a second hand that ticks. Look at it. Close your eyes. Count to 15. Look at the clock again. Many of you are now asking yourself, why did it take the second hand so long to move right after I opened my eyes. Here's the thing. It didn't take longer. It was the same time as every other second that clock ticks. That seemingly extra long second was your brain's way of interpreting what was going on. Your brain processes big chunks first, and small details later. Your brain can fool you. Isn't that nice? What's even better is that you'll believe it. Anyway, Here's Squatter 24. Click the image below for a full sized PDF.