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Diffit: Quick and Dirty Materials Preparation

Continuing this series on AI tools, I’m taking a look at Diffit. Aimed primarily at the American K12 system, this software uses AI to prepare materials in a variety of formats. You start by choosing the input, which can be a pasted or uploaded text, a link to an article or a video, or “literally anything”. This last one is a prompt for the AI (I unable to find out which engine they use). A nice feature, especially for primary and secondary teachers, is the K12 reading level. I tried “AI in education” for 11th grade.

The generated image was a little odd, but the text was OK, and the ability to show references was a major advantage. Most importantly, you can then edit the text to add missing information or remove AI oddities. It also produces multiple choice questions, short-answer questions and open-ended prompts, which again can be edited.

What makes Diffit different though, is the wide variety of activities that it can generate from this: everything from note-taking to Jeopardy. It’s very clear that this is software designed with the needs of classroom teachers in mind.

Note, though, that most of the options are only available in the paid version of the software.

Finally, you can export your activities as PDFs or, in some cases, Google Forms quizzes.

Overall, it’s a promising app, though it still has a beta feel to it. As I said, it’s oriented strongly to K12 classroom teaching, and what would give it wider appeal would be LMS integration. If there were a Moodle plugin, I’d install it, but as it is, I’m waiting to see how it develops.

Robin Turner
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Robin Turner

Until recently, EAP instructor and Moodle systems administrator at Bilkent University, Ankara, now Learning Technologist at the Global Banking School's London Greenford campus. Interested in educational technology and gamification/game-based learning.

One thought on “Diffit: Quick and Dirty Materials Preparation

  • Anonymous

    Very interesting Robin !
    Because it’s quite specific, I would put this in the category ‘interesting, but not usable now’.
    However, as you say, this is something worth looking at, just to understand where this technology is going, and how we might be using it in the near future.

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