Saturday, August 19, 2023

Using Generative AI to Help Students Learn to Read

There are numerous Generative AI / Large Language Models (LLMs) available to support learning to read from the popular ChatGPT to Bing, Bard, Claude, etc. Whichever platform you choose, here are some ways to use generative AI to support learning:

  • Adapt reading passages to the appropriate level and language
    By employing LLMs, educators can easily adapt literature to the reading level of their students. For example, the tale of "Cinderella" could be rewritten with simpler sentences and vocabulary to suit Kindergarten students. If a student's native language isn't the primary language of instruction, these tools can seamlessly translate the text, ensuring comprehension and engagement.
  • Personalized reading support:
    By analyzing the student's reading levels and interests, the model can recommend and even generate reading materials for students.
  • Create personalized stories featuring students: 
    Personalization in learning builds a connection and enhances motivation. Teachers can create a story involving students from their class as characters, like a fun-filled class trip to the zoo. The story can be varied by reading level and even language. By using Generative AI, each story becomes accessible to all languages and reading levels and it is relatable and engaging, fostering a sense of identity and community within the classroom.
  • Write songs to enhance learning and develop vocabulary:
    Imagine having an LLM create a catchy song to a familiar tune, featuring the vocabulary or concepts from a children's book. This engaging method can increase students' familiarity with vocabulary and deepen students' connection to the material, turning reading time into a memorable and enjoyable experience.
  • Develop reading comprehension questions:
    Use the LLM to develop comprehension questions about a text to check understanding, help students make inferences, and connect to prior knowledge.  
As an innovative educator, you can take advantage of the exciting possibilities offered by generative AI to inspire and challenge your students in reading. By incorporating these strategies, you can create a more dynamic, personalized, and effective teaching experience. These tools encourage creativity and inclusivity, revolutionizing the way we approach education in our rapidly advancing digital age. 

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