AI & 21Things

This page identifies the resources in 21t4s that include AI.  Visit the Awesome Index and filter for "Applications" and select "AI."  OR search the complete Complete URL Spreadsheet 2023-24 to look for "AI."

title AI Resources for Educators

Here are a few of the top rated sites that help teachers with Lesson Planning for FREE. The links to Demo videos will take you to the video tutorials by Eric Curts from Ctrl-Alt-Achieve.

Curipod: Create lessons with activities and assessments. Eric Curts Blog with demo. Lesson Plan Generator, Academic Content Generator. Demo video. 35+ tools, PBLessons, and loads more.  Demo video Activities you can create or use in their "Spaces" where you can monitor what students are doing. Tons of great content and learning resources. Demo video Lesson plan, assessment, rubric, over 100 ai tools for content creation. Demo video

Twee: 30+ Tools, Language Arts focused. Type in topic and it will run your query and returns results. Demo video

Citing AI-generated sources

Students should always check with their instructor before using AI Generated resources.

Presentation Resources (MASL 11/23 created by Melissa White)

MLA Citation  

  • Cite a generative AI tool whenever you paraphrase, quote, or incorporate into your own work any content (whether text, image, data, or other) that was created by it.
  • Acknowledge all functional uses of the tool (like editing your prose or translating words) in a note, your text, or another suitable location.
  • Take care to vet the secondary sources it cites.

APA Style 

  • For general citation of AI-generated content from Eric Curts
  • For any assignment on which a student received any form of AI assistance, have them include an "AI Credits" section to the bottom of their work.
  • Here they can simply disclose how they used AI for this assessment including brainstorming, outlining, feedback on their writing, and such.
  • They can simply copy and paste the responses from the AI if that is most convenient.

Visit: libguides from Brown University (updated November 2023)

View the guidelines for referencing AI-generated content in APA, Chicago, and MLA styles. 4.QG4 Graphics Step 1 includes references to "Citing AI-Generated Images and Sources from Brown University Library.

In General:

  • Cite the AI tool or the outputs from the tools when you use them in your work. This includes direct quotations, images, and data, as well as paraphrased content.
  • If you use an AI tool for some other purpose, such as translating, editing, or generating an outline, include a note about this somewhere in your paper.
  • Most guidelines treat AI-generated content as a source with no author, so you'll use the title of the source in your in-text citations, and in your reference list.

***Remember AI may be using AI-created citations, sources, and information that is not accurate. It is best to check the sources from one or more primary sources.

FAQ Section

  • Where is AI located in the different Things & Quests?
    • There is an Introduction to AI in Basics 1.Q7.
    • We are continually adding "AI" to the searchable Awesome Index for 21things4students and there are two ways to search the index
         1. Use the "AI on Quest Pages" drop-down menu to see the name of the Quest that uses or references AI.
        2. Use the Applications drop-down menu to select AI apps
    • The Complete URL list will also provide links to the specific Quest page where an AI application is linked to.
    • Check the Updates page as new AI activities are being added or removed from Quests each month.
  • What are some potential problems with AI
    • Bias and discrimination
    • Data is not always up-to-date
    • Not enough data has been used
    • Data privacy and security
    • Data is not always accurate - pulled from many different sources
    • Misinformation and manipulation

Check with your School District Instructional Technology Department and/or administrative representative about access and permission requirements for the use of AI resources.

Once you have approval, you may want to test the technical implementation and verify access to ensure student ability to access AI and AI-generated and Experimental activities:

  • talk with your School or District Technology Personnel 

    • provide the URL or list of the URL's for the Thing and Quests you are planning to use

  • try accessing the URL's on your teacher computer, and also from a student device as advance preparation for using the resource in the Quest

    • A list of the websites is located on the side of each Quest, in the teacher guide, and in the complete URL list for 21t4s

  • find out if parental or guardian permission is needed

    • check if there are access requirements based on the ages of the students you will use the Quest activities with.
    • check your district policies regarding parental permissions

Professional Development Opportunities

Online Courses:

Organizations offering resources for teaching, lessons, blogs, podcasts and videos

Some outstanding YouTube presentations:

AI & Inclusion ISTE Expert Webinar Presentation

SOME Favorites 

Some of these resources are also included in the Free Lesson Planning Resources Section.

Dec 2023 list

  • Cool Tools 2023 spreadsheet generated from Eric Curts Blog reviewing AI tools and resources. It includes links to his short videos and honorable mentions. (Jan. 1, 2024)

  • SchoolAI Spaces - Fascinating sets of resources for educators, and you can create your own chatbots for different subject areas, assignments, it also has an amazing area called Spaces. and much more.
  • Favorites there are too amazing to list - this site has to be visited. 
  • Wordtune - paste in a sentence and improve it.
  • Autodraw - Start drawing a shape and it will give you suggestions and finish the drawing for you. 
  • Scribble Diffusion - Turn your sketch into a refined image using AI.
  • Open Art AI - Lots of different tools to enhance or create art.
  • Teachable Machine - Train a computer to recognize your own images, sounds, & poses.
  • AI Prompt Library - A variety of prompts to help you lesson plan and do administrative tasks with GenAI chatbots 
  • Craiyon - Create AI art. (reviewing ads and content on this site)
  • Playground AI - Create and edit images
  • Twee - Create quiz questions for any YouTube video
  • Diffit - Get level resources
  • Goblin Tools - is a collection of small, simple, single-task tools, mostly designed to help neuro-divergent people with tasks they find overwhelming or difficult

Additional Resources:

AI and Its Impact on Teaching and Learning, Melissa White (11/2023)

Wakelet (Ilene Winokur) - AI in Education focused presentations

AI for Education - Free Educator Curriculum Lesson Resources

ISTE Hands-on Project Educator Guides for elementary, secondary, elective, CSE, AI Ethics

U.S. Office of Educational Technology Insights and Recommendations (May 2023) PDF "Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Teaching and Learning"

Free AI Lessons & Activities Title

Day of AI

These free learning resources were initially developed for schools to do a full day of curricular activities using their AI Resources and lessons. This has become a collection of lessons that can be integrated into a school curriculum at any time through the year. Lessons and Activities for K-12 are organized by grade groupings (3-5, 6-8, 9-12, advanced CS). Planned for 30-60 min time blocks. There are free online training workshops offered for educators, Up to four hours of lessons plans are provided per grade. Register online to access the resources. Direct any questions to

Lessons are:

  1. Learn the Basics about AI
  2. Identify the Benefits and Risks of AI
  3. Design and Create with AI


Google Applied Digital Skills Lessons

Google has created Free project-based lessons to help students learn about AI . It includes short videos and guided tutorials with assignments completed using different Google applications. It requires signing into your Google Account to learn and complete assignments.

Lesson 1. Discover AI in Daily Life. This activity introduces AI in daily life, has students use QuickDraw, then Google Draw to create a presentation. It also has students learn to use Google Translate (AI). It provides a Certificate of Completion after completing the lesson.

Say What You See from Google Arts & Culture, an experiment that gives practice learning to write descriptive prompts.

Odd One Out: Spot the odd one and which are AI generated "imposters" hidden in artworks in Google Arts & Culture.

Additional Google Applied skills lessons include:

Making Art with Google Sheets, Organizing Files in Drive, and Writing an If-Then Adventure story.


Common Sense Media: AI Literacy Lessons for Grades 6-12

"Quick, grab-and-go lessons to help your students think critically about AI and its impact."

20-minute or less lessons providing an introduction to AI, social and ethical impacts. 

The grades 6-12 lessons are for 15-20 minutes long and are titled: What is AI, How Is AI Trained, AI Chatbots: Who's Behind the Screen?, AI Chatbots & Friendship, Understanding AI Bias, How AI Bias Impacts Our Lives, AI Algorithms: How Well Do They Know You?, Facing Off with Facial Recognition. (as of 2/28/24)


Teach AI has several different levels of lessons for different grade levels.

Intro to AI for grades 9-12 are 35-45 minute lessons with project-based exploration of AI ethics and practicalities. They provide step-by-step plans with a student workbook. This is a 10-week project-based course. You will need to provide consent to be emailed the curricula, and be prompted to select from a list the projects you are interested in.

AI + Ethics Curriculum for Middle School.

MIT developed a free curriculum for middle school students on the Ethics of AI. These are "unplugged" lesson activities are hands-on activities with teacher guides, assessments, and student materials. You can download and make a copy of the lessons.

CC-BY-NC These materials were created in August 2019 and are licensed as CC-BY-NC under creative commons. This  license allows you to  remix, tweak, and build upon these materials non-commercially as long as you include acknowledgment to the creators. Links to Slide decks to accompany the lessons are linked so that they may be downloaded to your drive.

Lessons include: AI Bingo, Intro to Algorithms as Opinions, Ethical Matrix, Supervised Machine Learning and Algorithmic Bias, Speculative Fiction, A YouTube Scavenger Hunt, YouTube Redesign, and YouTube Socratic Seminar.

Teachable Machine 

This is a fun and easy to complete activity where you teach a computer on the web to recognize images, sounds, and poses.

To use it you 1. Gather examples and group them into categories or classes to teach the machine. 2. Train the AI model on the computer. 3. Expore the model for projects or host it online.

Example tutorials are provided: Bananameter, Snap Clap Whistle, Head Tilt

Examples of projects created by others are provided:

  • A sorting experiment with Arduino
  • Communicating with facial gestures to trigger sounds
  • Turn a webcam and piece of paper into a game controller.

Shared lessons:

  • AI + Ethics to begin to understand bias in algorithmic systems
  • Dancing with AI to create interactive systems
  • Ready to go comcepts of machine learning, classificatiron and soietal impact lesson.