The 6 best AI tools for researchers and teachers

AI is rapidly changing the education sector. If you are a teacher or researcher, using AI tools will greatly improve your workflow. From generating lesson plans to finding journals to cite, AI can help you work faster and give you time for other priorities.

With the sudden popularity of artificial intelligence, there is an explosion of brilliant new AI research tools on the market. We’ve done the research for you, so you can focus on the best ones you can use right now.


Rabbit AI search showing a collection of articles on Philippine literature

Research Rabbit is a powerful AI research assistant that finds and organizes research papers for you and your collaborators. Enter a keyword or phrase and Research Rabbit will return a list of relevant articles via Semantic Scholar or PubMed search.

After you sign up, Research Rabbit will prompt you to search for a topic and add documents to a Collection. Once you’re done adding articles, you can rename your collection and send it to your co-researchers by email.

Research Rabbit simplifies the research process, so you can manually unlist your sources. If you are looking for a card in your collection, use Filter to search for it using keywords or phrases. You can also arrange documents in a Collection by date, author and number of citations.

A must-have online tool for researchers, Research Rabbit has useful features for organizing your research life and collaborating with others. Click on a specific publication or Select all documents in your library to perform the following actions:

  • View the abstract of an article
  • Check the order of publication by date
  • Remove a card from a Collection
  • Add one card to another Collection
  • Explore an author’s work
  • Look for other suggested authors
  • Export your collection to another format
  • Make your collection public
  • Share the link with collaborators
  • Receive updates via email.

A student's answer shown on Gradescope AI for a teacher to review

Thanks to Gradescope, you can now quickly administer, organize, access, grade and re-grade student work. The AI ​​tool lets you add courses, create and edit different types of assessments, and control digital, paper, and code assignments.

Gradescope simplifies the grading process for you and your students. Click Create assignment and add your own questions, answer key and rubrics. Students can then scan written assignments and upload them using a mobile app.

You can check the answers for a question first and select the next question to grade. You can also build the grids during the assessment. Watch the Gradescope Instructor Workflow demo video to see these time-saving features in action.

Gradescope is one of the best apps teachers can use in the classroom. Both students and teachers are freed from the burden of meeting in person to collect, distribute and check documents. Ask your institution to use similar tools for assessment if you are still manually grading assessments.

Education Copilot AI showing a sample lesson plan for writing instructions

A study published in Social Sciences and Humanities Open shows that lesson planning is essential to teaching effectively. However, creating detailed lesson plans is time-consuming, which teachers may not always have. Copilot addresses this problem by helping you design and customize lesson plans that are simple and engaging.

In the example below, we asked Copilot to generate a three-day lesson plan on writing instruction for a technical writing class. AI quickly generated the following lessons, complete with a Lesson overview AND AI video recommendations:

  • Day 1: Introduction to writing instructions
  • Day 2: Instructions for planning and organizing
  • Day 3: Development and design of a teaching manual

Click View Resources for each lesson plan. You can click the corresponding buttons to generate Student goals and PDF for the Teaching handout of the lesson plan AND Context builder.

If you are not satisfied, press the repeat button to regenerate a new one Lesson overview AND Student goals. We recommend that you review and adjust the lesson plans yourself. AI provides useful material on which to build. However, the tool shouldn’t replace your creativity and expertise as a teacher.

In addition to lesson plans, you can also ask Copilot to help you generate the following:

  • Projects for any topic
  • Writing tips
  • Student reports
  • Parents emails
  • PowerPoint
  • Ideas for lessons and projects
  • Real-world benefits for a topic

ReadCube Papers AI showing search results for a British fiction for young adults

ReadCube Papers is an AI-powered reference and citation management software that helps you access academic papers from anywhere. The tool makes it easy to read, annotate and share articles on any device, so you can work on your research wherever you are.

To get the most out of this app, download the ReadCube Papers browser extension. With the browser installed, you can quickly locate and save full articles to your library as you browse search engines.

ReadCube Papers also allows you to easily download articles from your browser. Click on the article and download it from the ReadCube Papers sidebar which should appear if you have the browser extension installed. Please note that your institution should have access to the journal site if you wish to download or read the full text.

A must-have feature for researchers is Annotationwhich allows you to highlight excerpts from the article. Annotation save your highlights on the main article dashboard. From the main dashboard, click Notes icon to access, filter, sort and copy your annotations.

Auto-quotes are another feature you’ll love. Select the citation style, then copy it for your reference list or download it in a different format.

Consensus AI showing search results

Misinformation and fake news are just some of the immediate risks of AI. The AI ​​is prone to hallucinations or misinformation. You can easily fall for his offhand responses if you’re not careful.

Consensus mitigates these pitfalls by providing evidence-based answers to research questions. In the photo above, we asked Consensus: “Is AI effective in education?” The consensus provided us with excerpts from academic journals to answer our question.

You can then share the replies by copying the text, sharing the link or reposting on Twitter. You can also copy quotes in multiple formats. If you click on a specific response, Consensus takes you to the journal article itself so you can access the full text.

Slide the Synthesize button to see a Summary and the Consent meter. THE Summary answers your question by synthesizing answers from multiple journal articles. THE Consent meter it analyzes the newspaper articles and lets you know if the answer is inclined YES, NOOR Possibly.

Consensus recommends three ways to use it for research:

  • Ask yes and no questions
  • Discover the relationships between the concepts
  • Ask about the effects of a concept

It qualifies its results and tells you whether a source is highly cited or comes from a strict journal. It’s a useful tool when you want to verify information, provide authoritative sources for a topic, or satisfy your curiosity.

Elicit AI showing search results

Similar to Consensus, Elicit acts like a search engine to give you credible sources for search queries. You can download it as a desktop app or use it directly from your browser.

Elicit’s interface looks a bit more complex than Consensus’s. The left side gives you a Summarywhile the middle part gives you the Paper title with the author and the name of the resource material. The right column provides the abstract summary of each resource.

What we like about Elicit is that each section helps you to easily provide research answer support. THE Summary provides a summary of the best papers with in-text citations. Abstract summaries are just one sentence, making them very easy to scan. You can quickly decide whether the article or book will be useful in your research.

For more information on your research question, click on the additional options in the left column. You can check the Intervention, Measured resultsAND Number of competitors for each card. There’s also a search bar if you want to search for more specific information.

The use of artificial intelligence in academia is controversial. AI is often seen as a threat to human creativity and a useful tool that enables cheaters. But instead of fearing it, use it responsibly and ethically to experience its many benefits.

Your job as a teacher and researcher requires a lot of time and effort. AI is here to help you win back that time. You can access resources quickly and get your work done faster using AI tools. Take advantage of these teaching and research apps, so you can focus on other priorities and relieve yourself of unnecessary stress.

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