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Pros: Built-in prompts give teachers helpful shortcuts to create assignments, prompts, and summaries.
Cons: With short character counts and time constraints for video, teachers may struggle to find ways for this to add value.
Bottom Line: A cool approach for creating AI-generated text for your classroom, but look elsewhere for a tool to create meaningful assessments.
Once you've created a free account, browse the built-in commands and consider how you might use the prompts for reading, writing, speaking, and listening with your class. Think about how these prompts might work for different moments in the classroom, like a written warm-up, journal prompt, or structured classroom discussion.
Teachers could use Twee's features to create spelling tests, vocabulary tests, and other activities and assessments. Or, select excerpts from a target text or clips from a YouTube video and ask Twee to create a series of comprehension questions. You can also use Twee to generate brand-new texts on any subject you can think of; this might be an effective way to help students prepare for tests where they have to quickly read and respond to multiple-choice questions that assess reading comprehension and test for understanding.
Editor’s note: Never input personal, sensitive, or confidential information into a generative AI model. Any information you put in can become publicly available and used as training data for future iterations of the tool. If there is ever any doubt about whether or not to enter particular information, do not include it. Be aware of privacy settings on your device that might be helpful. Keep in mind that these tools often don’t have their own privacy settings.
Twee is an AI-powered, web-based tool for generating texts that might be useful in an ELA classroom. Once users create an account, they can browse a series of built-in prompts for the AI that result in different useful outputs, like multiple-choice questions, essay topics, vocabulary lists, simple fill-in-the-blank activities, and more. Notably, the tool can generate new texts and a series of related multiple-choice or open-ended questions, and it can also create questions drawing from text excerpts (up to 1,000 words long) and YouTube clips (up to five minutes long). You can save your projects and organize them in folders, and generated text can be copied and pasted from the app with or without formatting.
The site currently features a banner that says "Free early access is open now." Pricing is not yet available, but that banner seems to suggest that it will be a paid or subscription-based service in the future.
One great part of this browser-based tool is its suite of ready-to-use AI prompts. For teachers dabbling with AI tools for the first time, it's helpful to have examples of potential AI prompts and a scaffolded approach to the kinds of texts, essay prompts, and multiple-choice questions that they might ask an AI tool to generate for their classroom (like "create discussion questions on a given topic" or "create quiz questions about a YouTube video").
It's also helpful that you can toggle the formatting on and off for generated text, making it especially easy for teachers to copy and paste between Twee and other applications. Among the AI tools making their way into the classroom, Twee stands out for its accessibility: It's very helpful to have so much scaffolding for users new to AI tools and so many suggestions about how to make the most of AI-powered features.
However, like ChatGPT and other large-language-model AI tools, Twee has limitations. You can ask the tool to generate open-ended writing prompts, short-answer questions, and multiple-choice questions for a target text, but the results can feel a little arbitrary. It would be great if you could more effectively tailor the results to a specific level (beyond "simple," "intermediate," and "advanced") or to align with specific standards or learning objectives. One of the site's main selling points is its capability to generate questions based on texts and YouTube videos, but those features are limited to video clips under five minutes and texts of fewer than 1,000 words. With advance planning, you could certainly pick film clips and text excerpts and prompt Twee to generate questions on those selections -- but at that point, after you've invested time picking a target clip or paragraph, the AI tool may not have saved you much time.
The tool works great for creating all-new text based on a brief prompt; it was especially successful when prompted to generate a few related prompts to invite students to reflect on a text or a specific topic, and it was intriguing to prompt it to generate a passage about a subject (like endangered elephants or beekeeping) and a series of related reading comprehension questions. If you need help creating novel texts or prompts for students to respond to, Twee could be a great fit, but so far this AI tool has limited utility for automating some of the most time-consuming parts of creating meaningful assessments for the classroom.