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Educational Technology Enthusiast, teacher, and #EduDuctTape Author Jake Miller shares the essential news in EdTech and keeps it brief, clear, and concise. Want to know what’s new, changed, updated, or deprecated? Wonder who changed their pricing or paid plan? Jake tells you here. Just the news, nothing more, nothing less, in less time than a teacher gets to eat their lunch.

The EdTech News Brief Jake Miller

    • Education
    • 4.7 • 15 Ratings

Educational Technology Enthusiast, teacher, and #EduDuctTape Author Jake Miller shares the essential news in EdTech and keeps it brief, clear, and concise. Want to know what’s new, changed, updated, or deprecated? Wonder who changed their pricing or paid plan? Jake tells you here. Just the news, nothing more, nothing less, in less time than a teacher gets to eat their lunch.

    Canva Magic Write + Draw, Microsoft Bing AI, Google Docs Stopwatches + Timers, ChromeOS Screencast Updates, Reading Coach in Microsoft Flip

    Canva Magic Write + Draw, Microsoft Bing AI, Google Docs Stopwatches + Timers, ChromeOS Screencast Updates, Reading Coach in Microsoft Flip

    Where does Magic Write work in Canva? Everywhere. Same with their new Draw feature. We check them both out today. Also, I break down the capabilities of Microsoft’s Bing AI and how it compares to ChatGPT. Next, Google has added stopwatches and timers to Google Docs, but is it available in all accounts (spoiler alert: it’s not). Google has also updated the ChromeOS Screencast app with a new web player, new transcription languages, and new effects. Plus, Joe Merrill joins to share about Reading Coach in Flip.
     
    Access this episode on YouTube as well: youtube.com/watch?v=y09K0kcVNYg
     
    TODAY'S CONTENT:
     
    00:00 - INTRO
     
    00:51 - 1. Canva Magic Write
    Canva Create: Brand New Era - canva.com/canva-create 
    Canva Create: Brand New Era - youtube.com/watch?v=YMQEjf0_C-M
     
    02:44 - 2. Canva’s Draw Feature
    Canva Create: Brand New Era - canva.com/canva-create 
    Canva Create: Brand New Era - youtube.com/watch?v=YMQEjf0_C-M
     
    03:48 - 3. Stopwatches and Timers in Google Docs
    New teaching and learning features in Google Workspace for Education - blog.google/outreach-initiatives/education/workspace-updates-2023
     
    05:14 - Today’s Sponsor: VIZOR
    VIZOR.cloud/jake
     
    16:14 - 4. Reading Coach in Flip with Joe Merrill
    TheMerrillsEDU.com - @TheMerrillsEDU
     
    17:07 - 5. ChromeOS Screencast Web Player, Additional Languages, & Cursor Effects
    5 Chromebook updates for students and teachers - blog.google/outreach-initiatives/education/chromebook-updates-2023
     
    19:54 - 6. Microsoft Bing AI
    Confirmed: the new Bing runs on OpenAI’s GPT-4 - blogs.bing.com/search/march_2023/Confirmed-the-new-Bing-runs-on-OpenAI%E2%80%99s-GPT-4
    Microsoft Bing - microsoft.com/en-us/bing
    Introducing a big update to Windows 11 making the everyday easier including bringing the new AI-powered Bing to the taskbar - blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2023/02/28/introducing-a-big-update-to-windows-11-making-the-everyday-easier-including-bringing-the-new-ai-powered-bing-to-the-taskbar 
    Bing Preview Release Notes: AI-powered Knowledge Cards and Stories -  blogs.bing.com/search/march_2023/Bing-Preview-Release-Notes-AI-powered-Knowledge-Cards-and-Stories 
    Tweet from @debarghya_das that shows Bing Ads - twitter.com/debarghya_das/status/1640892791923572737 
    Microsoft’s Bing is an emotionally manipulative liar, and people love it - The Verge - theverge.com/2023/2/15/23599072/microsoft-ai-bing-personality-conversations-spy-employees-webcams 
     
    27:11 - Dad Joke Time
     
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    FEEDBACK!
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    • 28 min
    Canva Magic Design, Google Bard, Google Eye Dropper, Microsoft Math Solver

    Canva Magic Design, Google Bard, Google Eye Dropper, Microsoft Math Solver

    What’s so Magic about Canva’s new Design features? Speaking of design features, Google has added a small one - an eyedropper - that I’m really excited about. Also, in all my talking about ChatGPT, I haven’t taken much time to address Google’s AI efforts. What do they have happening? And, another Merrills’ Microsoft Minute: this time about Microsoft Math Solver.
     
    Access this episode on YouTube as well: youtube.com/watch?v=Au4AZ_QovIA
     
    TODAY'S CONTENT:
     
    00:00 - INTRO
     
    00:43 - 1. Canva Magic Design
    Canva Create: Brand New Era - canva.com/canva-create
    Canva Create: Brand New Era YouTube Live Stream - youtube.com/watch?v=YMQEjf0_C-M
    Try our Magic Design - canva.com/?highlight=magicDesign
     
    02:54 - 2.  Canva Magic Presentations
    Canva Create: Brand New Era - canva.com/canva-create
    Canva Create: Brand New Era YouTube Live Stream - youtube.com/watch?v=YMQEjf0_C-M
     
    03:46 - Today’s Sponsor: VIZOR
    VIZOR - vizor.cloud/jake
     
    05:16 - 3. Google Adds a Color Eyedropper
    Google Workspace Updates Weekly Recap - February 3, 2023 - workspaceupdates.googleblog.com/2023/02/release-notes-02-03-2023.html
     
    06:52 - 4. Microsoft Math Solver
    Learn how to solve math problems with Math Solver in Microsoft Edge - techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/articles/learn-how-to-solve-math-problems-with-math-solver-in-microsoft/m-p/2195689
    themerrillsedu.com
     
    08:01 - 5. Google Bard & Google’s Other AI Advancements
    Google's AI chatbot Bard makes factual error in first demo - The Verge - theverge.com/2023/2/8/23590864/google-ai-chatbot-bard-mistake-error-exoplanet-demo 
    Google AI updates: Bard and new AI features in Search - blog.google/technology/ai/bard-google-ai-search-updates 
    New Google Maps features including immersive view, Live view updates, electric vehicle charging tools and glanceable directions - blog.google/products/maps/sustainable-immersive-maps-announcements
    Google opens early access to its ChatGPT rival Bard — here are our first impressions - The Verge - theverge.com/2023/3/21/23649794/google-chatgpt-rival-bard-ai-chatbot-access-hands-on 
    Bard - bard.google.com 
     
    12:17 - Comparing Bard, Bing, and ChatGPT
    AI chatbots compared: Bard vs. Bing vs. ChatGPT - The Verge - theverge.com/2023/3/24/23653377/ai-chatbots-comparison-bard-bing-chatgpt-gpt-4 
     
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    Share about the show with the hashtag #TheEdTechNewsBrief!
    Follow The EdTech News Brief wherever you listen to audio!
     
    FEEDBACK!
    You can ask your questions or make comments! Let your voice be heard.
    Email JakeMillerTech@gmail.com
    Join the conversation on Flip - flip.com/theedtechnewsbrief
    Use my Speakpipe Page - speakpipe.com/eduducttape

    • 14 min
    GPT4, ChatGPT Age Limit, Canva Docs, Canva for Campus, Microsoft Reading Coach

    GPT4, ChatGPT Age Limit, Canva Docs, Canva for Campus, Microsoft Reading Coach

    ChatGPT creator OpenAI has changed the age limit in their terms of service. What did they change it to? Does it change everything for educators? Also, they’ve upgraded the language model ChatGPT is based on to GPT-4 and it’s CRAZY. What can it do? Tune in to find out. In other news, Canva released Canva Docs recently. How does it measure up to Google Docs and Microsoft Word? They also released a new plan for colleges and universities. Also, my friend Joe Merrill stops by the EdTech News Brief studio to share about Microsoft Reading Coach.
    Access this episode on YouTube as well: youtu.be/DTqxXLpXRnA
    TODAY'S CONTENT:
    00:00 - INTRO
    00:50 - 1. ChatGPT Reduces Age Limit
    Terms of use - OpenAI - openai.com/policies/terms-of-use 
    01:49 - 2. Open AI Announces GPT-4
    GPT-4 - openai.com/research/gpt-4 
    GPT-4 Developer Livestream - youtube.com/watch?v=outcGtbnMuQ
    Introducing GPT-4 - youtube.com/watch?v=--khbXchTeE
    Confirmed: the new Bing runs on OpenAI’s GPT-4 - blogs.bing.com/search/march_2023/Confirmed-the-new-Bing-runs-on-OpenAI%E2%80%99s-GPT-4 
    05:14 - Logitech's New Tech
    Logitech Pen - logitech.com/en-us/education/pen-features.html
    Logitech Crayon - logitech.com/en-us/products/education/ipad-solutions/logitech-crayon-digital-pencil-edu.html
    Rugged Combo - logitech.com/en-us/products/education/ipad-solutions/rugged-combo-3.html
    12:25 - 3. Canva Docs
    Canva Docs - Free & Easy Online Document Editor - canva.com/docs 
    15:48 - 4. Canva for Campus
    Introducing Canva for Campus - canva.com/newsroom/news/canva-for-campus
    17:19 - 5. Microsoft Reading Coach
    Learning Accelerators: Tools for Students | Microsoft Education - microsoft.com/en-us/education/learning-tools/learning-accelerators
    20:03 - Dad Joke Time!
     
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    FEEDBACK!
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    • 21 min
    ChatGPT Plus, AI-Detection Tools, Follow in Google Slides, Flip Updates

    ChatGPT Plus, AI-Detection Tools, Follow in Google Slides, Flip Updates

    In this episode, I try out 5 different AI-generated text detection tools. Tune in to see if they can tell us if our students are cheating. Also, on the topic of artificial intelligence - Open AI has announced that there are now free and paid plans for ChatGPT. I’ll break down the differences today.  In non-AI news, Google Slides has an awesome new “follow” feature that’ll kick your collaboration up a notch and Flip has implemented a bunch of the updates that they announced back in the summer.
    Access this episode on YouTube as well: youtu.be/aoFcsM3KMfg
    TODAY'S CONTENT:
    00:59 - 1. ChatGPT Free and Plus
    “Chat GPT Plus” - help.openai.com/en/articles/6950777-chatgpt-plus
    02:00 - 2. AI-Detection Tools
    02:40 - 2A GPTZero
    A college student created an app that can tell whether AI wrote an essay - npr.org/2023/01/09/1147549845/gptzero-ai-chatgpt-edward-tian-plagiarism
    04:08 - 2B. AI Text Classifier
    ChatGPT’s creator made a free tool for detecting AI-generated text - The Verge - theverge.com/2023/1/31/23579942/chatgpt-ai-text-detection-openai-classifier
    05:10 - 2C. Fictitious.ai
    FictitiousAI - Features - fictitious.ai/features
    06:40 - 2D. AI Writing Check
    AI Writing Check - aiwritingcheck.org
    A Toolkit for Addressing AI Plagiarism in the Classroom - s3.amazonaws.com/quill-image-uploads/uploads/files/A_Toolkit_for_Addressing_AI_Plagiarism_in_the_Classroom_2747.pdf
    07:26 - 2E. Writer.com AI Content Detector
    AI Content Detector | GPT-3 | ChatGPT - Writer - writer.com/ai-content-detector
    08:23 - 2F. AI Detectors Wrapup
    10:08 - TODAY’S SPONSOR: VIZOR
    vizor.cloud/jake
    11:11 - 3. Follow Feature in Google Slides
    “Collaborate with colleagues in Google Slides through a new ‘Follow’ feature” - workspaceupdates.googleblog.com/2022/12/follow-collaborator-google-slides.html
    12:35 - 4. Flip Updates
    16:51 - TODAY’S SPONSOR: Screencastify
    screencastify.com
    18:13 - Contest Winners!
    18:26 - Dad Joke Time
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    FEEDBACK!
    You can ask your questions or make comments! Let your voice be heard.
    Email JakeMillerTech@gmail.com
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    • 19 min
    ChatGPT, AI, and the Implications for Education

    ChatGPT, AI, and the Implications for Education

    ChatGPT has taken the world by storm and, while causing many to rejoice, has caused many in education to panic. In this episode, I go over what it is and what it can do as well as whether you need to worry now and if I think it should be blocked in schools.
    Access this episode on YouTube as well: youtu.be/HWrP_WIOj8Q
    TODAY’S SPONSOR: Smore - smore.com/podcast
    TODAY'S CONTENT:
    00:00 - INTRO
    01:43 - ChatGPT: Intro
    03:10 - ChatGPT: What is it?
    04:53 - Today’s Sponsor: Smore
    05:49 - ChatGPT: What Makes it Different
    11:12 -  ChatGPT: Implications for Education
    15:19 - ChatGPT: Should We Block It?
    17:50 - Dad Joke Time
     
    ChatGPT - chat.openai.com
    “ChatGPT, Chatbots and Artificial Intelligence in Education - Ditch That Textbook” - ditchthattextbook.com/ai
    Tony's TikTok Video - tiktok.com/@learninginhand/video/7176445303011233070
    “ChatGPT: Optimizing Language Models for Dialogue” - openai.com/blog/chatgpt
    “No, ChatGPT Is Not The End Of High School English. But Here’s The Useful Tool It Offers Teachers.” - forbes.com/sites/petergreene/2022/12/11/no-chatgpt-is-not-the-end-of-high-school-english-but-heres-the-useful-tool-it-offers-teachers/?sh=3a90f0601437
     
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    FEEDBACK!
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    • 18 min
    015. Livestream Google Meet, Edit PDFs on Chromebooks, Import PDFs in Book Creator, and more Quizizz Updates

    015. Livestream Google Meet, Edit PDFs on Chromebooks, Import PDFs in Book Creator, and more Quizizz Updates

    Did you know you could live stream your holiday choir concert to YouTube using Google Meet? Fa la la la la la la la yup. What about having students fill out PDFs using an app built into the Chromebook?  Speaking of PDFs - Book Creator now lets you import PDFs. They also have added the ability to crop images and photos. Plus, a few more updates from Quizizz and a contest! 3 winners will each get a prize worth $72!
    View on YouTube: youtube.com/watch?v=6pNCqsKqRTQ
    Table of Contents: 00:00 - INTRO 01:53 - 1. Live Stream Google Meet to YouTube 03:04 - 04:44 - TODAY’S SPONSOR: Smore 05:19 - 3. Import PDFs into Book Creator 06:52 - 4. Crop Images in Book Creator 07:20 - 08:34 - 5. Import and Edit Google Slides in Quizizz 10:01 - Holiday Gifts! 10:55 - 6. The Gift Power-Up in Quizizz 12:08 - 7. Live Reactions in Quizizz 13:08 - Dad Joke Time!

    • 14 min

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