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AI and Teaching: Tools


New AI tools are released every day. One useful list of new AI tools is There's An AI For That.

Ithaka S+R has also curated a Generative AI Product Tracker.


Generative Language Tools

Bing Chat AI

An easy way to start using AI. It only works in the Microsoft Edge browser, and you need to log in for it to work.

Google Gemini

Formerly known as Bard, Gemini can understand and generate text like other LLMs. It can also natively understand, operate on, and combine other kinds of information like images, audio, videos, and code.


An artificial intelligence large language model that can engage in conversational interactions and provide responses to a wide range of queries. Possible classroom uses include brainstorming, summarization, editing, coding.


Claude is a family of large language models developed by Anthropic. Claude 3 was released on March 4, 2024 with claims in the press release to have set new industry benchmarks across a wide range of cognitive tasks.


Tools for Writing

Paragraph AI
Accessible as a browser extension or a mobile app, Paragraph AI is a generative writing assistant that will create short articles, respond to emails, analyze text, and more.  It allows users to stipulate a tone and designate an audience for their writing and to revise.

Wordtune is an AI-powered writing companion that understands what you’re trying to say, and suggests ways to make your writing more clear, compelling and authentic.

Tools for Teaching/Studying


Upload pdf documents and Explainpaper will explain selections or the entire paper to you as a high school or college student. A great tool for learners to understand highly technical research papers.


An AI question generator. Input a topic (or upload a reading), and QuestionWell will create a question bank including multiple choice, fill in the blank, and short answer questions. Instructors can export questions to Moodle. 


Tools for Research


Searches and summarizes scholarly articles, showing a "consensus meter" for yes and no questions. Works best with factual questions to determine the reflected tone of the summarized articles.


An AI “research assistant” created by Ought, a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco. Its content comes from Semantic Scholar (see below). Elicit automates literature reviews by synthesizing evidence and arguments within the literature. Although the model works to limit “hallucinations” in the summaries or extractions, it’s possible that they exist: “we’ve made a lot of progress and try hard to err on the side of Elicit saying nothing rather than saying something wrong, in some cases Elicit can miss the nuance of a paper or misunderstand what a number refers to.” It is only as good as the research papers underlying it. There are causes of academic fraud, questionable methodology, etc, that Elicit will not catch - it summarizes, it does not evaluate. Works best for empirical research, as you can see from the demonstration.

Includes two tools. Paper Discovery builds a network of papers from citations and uses network analysis algorithms to analyze the network, allowing you to identify the most similar papers, important papers, prolific authors and institutions. Literature Connector allows you to enter two papers and provides an interactive visualization showing how they are connected by the literature. 


Litmaps finds articles relevant to your search criteria and displays them in visual maps so you can see how the literature is connected. 

Perplexity AI

An AI powered search engine designed to provide more comprehensive and accurate answers than traditional search engines. It gives summaries of search results and also supplies the online sources it utilized in providing them, making it effortless for users to validate the information.

Research Rabbit

A free online “citation-based literature mapping tool." It is a visual literature review software mapping tool that is similar to Spotify. The tool connects your research interests to related articles and authors

Semantic Scholar

Launched in 2015 by the Allen Institute for AI (AI2), Semantic Scholar is a free, AI-driven search and discovery tool. Index's over 200 million academic papers sourced from publisher partnerships, data providers, and web crawls. Semantic Scholar "extracts meaning and identifies connections from within papers, then surfaces these insights to help Scholars discover and understand research."

Marketed as a "research assistant", is useful for searches on unfamiliar topics. Using Google and Bing indexes, it breaks out its search results into topical "sections" with summarizations and full URLs to sources.