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15 Teacher Tips to Use Gemini to Save Time

If you’re like me, you’re always on the lookout for ways to streamline your workload and reclaim time throughout the week. That’s why I’m excited to share a new AI-powered tool that’s quickly becoming my go-to for saving time on everyday tasks – it’s called Gemini. There are oodles of ways that you can use Gemini to save you time this school year.

Regular readers of the blog know that I’m a super fan of chatbots. My free ebook, 60+ Must-Try ChatGPT Prompts for Teachers, has been downloaded over 5,000 times. My laminated quick reference guide, Using AI Chatbots to Enhance Planning and Instruction from ASCD and ISTE, is in the hands of thousands of educators, too!

But today, I’m coming to you with another chatbot suggestion. It’s from Google; it used to be called Bard but is now officially named Gemini. Gemini is a large language model, a chatbot that understands and responds to natural language. It can help with everything from lesson planning and drafting communications to differentiating instruction and creating assessments. You can use the same chatbot prompts you may have tried with other tools (like ChatGPT or Claude) with Gemini, too.

Let’s dive into fifteen practical ways to use Gemini to save you time this school year!

A user interface of the Gemini AI tool with a personalized greeting "Hello, Monica" at the center. The screen showcases various functionalities offered by Gemini, including generating images, coding assistance for HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, and problem-solving guidance with step-by-step instructions. There's a search bar at the top and a prompt entry field at the bottom, with a disclaimer noting that Gemini may display inaccurate information and users should double-check responses. The overall design suggests a versatile AI tool that can assist with a wide range of tasks, potentially serving as a time-saving resource for teachers.

15 Ways to Use Gemini to Save Time

Google Integration 

Although the other items on this list are certainly worthy of your attention, I love the integration with Google tools. As someone who uses Docs and Sheets multiple times daily, I’m super impressed with the integration. With a tap of a button, you can move Gemini responses into Google Docs or Sheets. This allows for easy organization and seamless integration with your workflow.

Quick Copy & Paste

In addition to the Google tool integration, you can quickly copy and paste any content you generate. You’ll find options for this at the bottom of the response. Tap on the three dots and choose the Copy option. This will allow you to take a draft of an email and copy and paste it into any platform.

Modify Your Response

If you’ve spent time with me at a workshop this year – I’m writing this from the airport on a week where I’ve visited a school in New York City, led a webinar for South Carolina educators, and am now on my way to a conference in Mississippi – then you know I love a chain prompt. This is where you follow up one prompt with a qualifying statement or modifier. You can use the Modify button in Gemini to make your response: Shorter, Longer, Simpler, More casual, or More professional.

Lesson Planning Shortcuts 

Need to design a lesson on fractions for 4th grade? Give Gemini the specifics, and it can generate lesson outlines, activity suggestions, and even potential learning objectives. You can also use it to customize ideas you’ve found on my blog, including the ideas on a post like this one.

Screenshot of the Gemini AI tool interface on a computer screen, featuring a document titled "Gemini Advanced" with a list of 'Other Information' for a school event. The list includes sections for Chaperones, Cost, and Permission Slips with placeholders for specific details. There are interface icons for sharing, exporting to Google Docs, and drafting in Gmail. A footer note cautions that Gemini may display inaccurate information and advises double-checking its responses.

Communication Drafts 

Gemini can whip up drafts of newsletters, emails for families, and even correspondence that might feel a bit tricky to tackle. This provides a starting point and helps ensure the right tone. You might have tried out some of the communication prompts from this post with ChatGPT tips. You can use these prompts with Gemini, too.

Creative Writing Prompts 

If your writing lesson needs a spark, Gemini can suggest engaging prompts or story starters that will get your students’ creative juices flowing. You can also ask it to give you images you can use to spark a creative writing experience in your classroom.

Differentiation Support 

Similar to what you might have tried with a tool like Perplexity AI or Magic School AI, you can use Gemini to help support your differentiated instruction goals. Enter a learning objective, and Gemini can offer ways to modify activities or provide scaffolds for varying ability levels. Get as specific as you like when you craft your prompt, perhaps including a student interest or standard.

Quick Translations 

Although you might already use Google Translate for quick translations, Gemini can help, too. Gemini can translate short messages or passages. Like most AI-powered translation services, it’s not 100% perfect, but it’s a great head start before reviewing the final output.

Summarization Tool 

Gemini can summarize lengthy articles or pieces of text to give you the most important points. This can be helpful if you want to narrow down the information you are sharing with students on a topic. It can also help you create more than one version of a text to meet the needs of all of your learners.

Question Creation 

From multiple-choice to open-ended questions, Gemini helps you build assessments. You can have it craft questions directly from a set of answers. Alternatively, you can ask it to create discussion questions you can share with a group. When you ask for help with question creation, you can also provide a list of essential vocabulary words to include.

A screenshot of the Gemini AI web application with a document titled "Gemini Advanced". The document provides a step-by-step solution to a mathematical problem, ending with "Answer is 408!". On the right side of the screen, there are options to modify this response, making it shorter, longer, simpler, more casual, or more professional. The bottom of the interface includes a disclaimer that Gemini may display inaccurate information and to double-check its responses. There are also icons for sharing, exporting, and connecting with other apps.

Fun Announcements 

Let Gemini draft engaging morning announcements or creative reminders about assignments that will grab your students’ attention. You might ask it to turn a typical assignment reminder into a song, riddle, or poem before sharing it with your students.

Initial Student Feedback 

While Gemini shouldn’t replace your review of student work, it can suggest points of focus when reviewing student work. Instead of copying and pasting student work, you can describe the task and ask for ideas on the typical type of feedback you might give to a group.

Unit Starting Point 

Before digging into a new unit with students, you can ask Gemini for a summary of key points, an overview, and fun facts about the topic. This helps you gather some ideas that might be new to you if it’s your first time teaching a unit or can help you think about new ways to explore the content with your students.

Switch Formats

Gemini makes it easy to switch between a list or a table. If you asked for a response and it gave it to you in one format, you can ask it to switch to another. Just respond with a quick, “Make this a table” or “Make this a list.”

Save for Later

One of my biggest timesavers is revisiting older chats where I gave an instruction but want to tweak or revisit it. On the left-hand side of your screen, you’ll see older chats. You can rename them to help you remember what task you were working on in case you’d like to revisit it later.

Getting Started with Gemini

Similar to other chatbots you may have tried, Gemini is an evolving technology. To uncover its full potential, it’s important to be specific when writing instructions and experiment with it. You might not get a perfect response on your first try, but as you practice writing prompts, I’m confident you’ll be able to save time this school year.

Think of Gemini as your digital teaching assistant – there to handle routine tasks, spark ideas, and make your life a little bit easier. Do you have a favorite prompt? Sign up for my newsletter below to gather more ideas – and respond to any of my Monday email updates with your best ideas. I’d love to hear from you!

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Blog Author and EdTech Consultant Dr. Monica Burns

Monica Burns

Dr. Monica Burns is a former classroom teacher, Author, Speaker, and Curriculum & EdTech Consultant. Visit her site for more ideas on how to become a tech-savvy teacher.

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