Authentic Lessons for 21st Century Learning

AI Chatbot

Kelsey Willems, Keiana Cross, Erin Finley | Published: January 25th, 2024 by K20 Center


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AI Chatbot

Chatbots are great brainstorming, research, and development tools for both teachers and students. A chatbot is a software application or web interface that is designed to mimic human conversation through text or voice interactions, often using natural language processing (NLP) to understand the user’s questions and automate responses to them.

AI Chatbot


In the classroom, teachers and students may use a chatbot to brainstorm ideas, help with research, act as a sounding board during collaboration, practice debate tactics, and more. 

Note: Chatbots can misinterpret information, present bias, and/or plagiarize the work of others. Always check the validity and originality of the content gleaned from a chatbot source.


Have a topic or question in mind. 

  1. Type in your question or topic (a “prompt”) to your chosen chatbot platform. Make sure you’re as specific as possible when it comes to details about what you need and the context. 

  2. If the first response is not exactly what you were looking for, try rephrasing your original prompt. With some platforms you can simply tell the bot to “try again.” 

  3. Consider changing any personalization settings on the chatbot platform (if applicable) to reflect your work environment, so that the bot’s responses better reflect your needs. 

Examples of Chatbot generators:

Currently, most platforms are free but some may offer additional subscription features. However, this may change, so stay informed on any updates.

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