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Goblin Tools

6 Quick AI Tools to organize your life!

Hey teachers! Looking to add a little magic to your life? Goblin.Tools is here to help! This fantastic set of six AI assistants can help you get organized, analyze your writing, and even plan meals. As educators, we need all the help we can get to stay sane in our busy lives. Let me introduce you to the six goblins ready to make your life easier!

Goblin Tools

First up is MagicToDo. We all have massive to-do lists that can feel overwhelming. MagicToDo breaks down those long lists into manageable daily tasks so you don’t feel buried. Drop in your list and and while it won’t do the work for you, it will seem much more manageable.

Next is Formalizer. This little goblin can take your writing and adjust the tone with just a click. Need to make an email more professional? Want to rework a story to be more inspiring? Formalizer has you covered. It’s great at making adjustments from passion, to formality, and more.

If you need help understanding the tone and meaning of a piece of writing, check out Judge. It will break down the emotion, intentions, and style of any text for you. Super useful for providing writing feedback to students!

Estimator is the perfect little time manager. Struggling to estimate how long something will take? No problem. Share the details of a task and you’ll have a time estimate so you can plan your schedule.

When you’ve got lots of disparate ideas and information, Compiler is on the case. This tool is a master at gathering all your thoughts and notes and organizing them into something coherent and useful. It can also then drop them right into your MagicToDo list!

My favorite Goblin Tool is Chef! When you’re tired and staring at a fridge full of randomness, Chef will help you whip up something delicious. Just type in what ingredients you have on hand and it will suggest quick recipes so you don’t have to think too hard at the end of a long day.

Goblin.Tools is a great set of AI helpers ready to bring some organization and ease to your life as an educator. Give them a try to add a little magic to your everyday teaching! What goblin will you try first?

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Shanna Martin 0:19
Thanks for listening to the Tech Tools for Teachers Podcast, where each week we talk about a free piece of technology that you can use your classroom. I’m your host, Shanna Martin. I’m a middle school teacher Technology and Instructional Coach for district.

Fuzz Martin 0:32
And I’m her producer and husband, Fuzz Martin, and I’m just here at gobbling up this knowledge each and every week. Nice. Nice.

Shanna Martin 0:41
So this week, we have a quick one. It’s quick chat, man, it’s quick chat with a challenge, because last time we did a challenge like this, everyone was very excited about it. Yeah, that we try it again. I just like to use the bell. I know. And there’s so much of the bell and the soundboard today. Yeah. We like to make things exciting.

Fuzz Martin 1:01
Got it all loaded.

Shanna Martin 1:03
So we’re chatting (chatting) about Goblin tools, Goblin tools. Last week, we talked about some AI for education. This is a quick little chat about another AI tool. And this one can be used for education and or in your regular life. It’s goblin dot tools. Okay, it’s how you find it. And the eldest child who is off in college right now actually suggested that we talked about the site because she needs support in staying organized and keeping her life together. And keeping her brain focused. Yes. So she’s a cutie to try the site out and talk about it. And I was like, Alright, let’s do it. So Goblin Tools has actually several tools or six different tools that we’re going to talk about. And then we’re gonna have a challenge afterward. Nice.

Fuzz Martin 1:55
I love a good challenge.

Shanna Martin 1:56
So the first tool within Goblin Tools. And by the way, this is very easy to navigate, navigate, like you open it up, and boom tools are here for you to use. So it is a very user friendly, easy to understand and very quick site to understand. So the first tool is called Magic to do. And what does is it’s a to do list site. But what’s really great about it, is that once you type in, like the tasks that you need to complete, you don’t even have to like type in a full thought you can just like I made, you know, the weekend list of things. And all I wrote was clean living room, clean bathrooms, write a college essay. So these are things that need to happen. But also, I didn’t have to put a bunch of like extras in there because there’s a little blue magic one tool, and you click the magic wand. And guess what, what it writes it all for you. Wow. So once you click on like, I need to clean my living room, like the little magic button, and then it breaks it all down and types of for me so pick up any trash put away items are out of place dust services, vacuum or sweep, wiped down anything organized clutter, empty and trash. And there’s a little like checkbox, you click them as you go and you feel like you’ve accomplished enough, you can also click and drag and reorder things if you don’t like how it ordered them for you. It also has other options. So on the right hand side of the little like three dots, it’ll give you a time estimate and how long it’s going to take you add sub tasks, clear your sub tasks, you can remove the whole item off of your list. So while I just gave a simple example of weekend chores, yeah, you can definitely help have this like written out for organizing lesson plans. I won’t get too much into examples though. But you can like use this for all different types of just to do lists that you have. It also has the option of creating how spicy it is. So there’s a spicy feistiness level and you add little red peppers that if you need a lot of breakdown for something because it’s just it’s swirling around in your brain and you just can’t get a hold on it. You can give it a five pepper of spiciness and it will break it down really far for you Kelly into or you can give a one pepper of spiciness and then it won’t give you so many to dues within the list. So it’s just a great way to get your life organized. So imagine to do organizes your to do list tool to the former lizer turn your spicy thoughts into classy ones or vice versa, which I love. So you would type let’s say well, Nope, not gonna give examples because I that’s what I do and that’s what we’re going to do. Okay, so you type your text into the top. And then you can say you can choose what you want to happen. You can make your text more professional, more formal, more informal, more sociable. Okay, more to the point

Fuzz Martin 4:48
like out as waffle and unlawful. Yeah, I literally waffle back and forth about something

Shanna Martin 4:52
less emotional, more passionate, more sarcastic, bulleted points or a single word. Excited about

Fuzz Martin 5:00
Okay, how many that? Is that? Just yes or no? Do you think?

Shanna Martin 5:04
I don’t know, we could find out. Next choice in our goblin tools is the judge Am I miss reading the tone of this, you can copy and paste text, or you can write your own text, and then click the judge button to see how your text comes across, or how the text comes across to you. Oftentimes, in an email, this might be something written in all caps, and maybe you’re misreading the tone of being yelled at through email. next choice is the estimator. Just tell me how long this is probably gonna take. What’s cool is you can type in your activity, say, hey, it also has like the microphone, so you can just like shout it. So you don’t always type you can just talk to it. But it’ll estimate time. So like, before we like typed in something. Yeah, you don’t want to give an example. Because it’s so hard not to say no. And so then it turned into like, that’s gonna take you two to four hours. And it was like, Okay, we’re not doing that today. And then the last note, the next one is compiler. So this is where you compile your brain dump into a list of tasks are like, these are all just a bunch of things that are swirling in my brain right now, if you’re like a nighttime thinker, and you just need to go to bed, and put them all in here and then turn into task, it’ll make a little to do list for you. I can also do the duelists. Or I’ll just turn like your thoughts into tasks. And the last one and one of my favorites. I mean, the whole thing is just kind of fun, because it’s really easy to put all your thoughts in there is the chef, what am I having for lunch today? In this one, you can write whatever ingredients you have any dietary constraints, serving sizes, equipment you have, how much time you have. And anything else you want the chef to think about, you click suggest, and it gives you options of what you can cook. Nice. He also can copy it to the clipboard, and then send it out as needed. Cool. Yeah. So there’s also app versions of this too. Just so you

Fuzz Martin 6:58
know, are we are we doing this for all six of them? Or what do we want to do here? So we’ve got I don’t know magic to do, which is the to do list the formal iser, which is awesome. Yes, the judge, which is saying, am I misreading the tone of this? Yes, the estimator tell you how much time something will take Yes, the compiler, which will take your brain dump and turn it into a list of tasks? Yes. And the chef, which will take all the items that you have available to cook with, and it will tell you what you can make with that food.

Shanna Martin 7:25
Okay, so I’m thinking, Magic ToDo, Formalizer. Let’s only pick three. And then and the chef one. Yeah, it’s the chef. So MagicToDo, Formalizer and Chef. So here’s the rules, folks.

Fuzz Martin 7:39
Sometimes my buttons when you push them, it’ll stop it, but not this one. Okay.

Shanna Martin 7:44
Can you the rules? Here are the rules are setting the clock to 10 seconds. 10 seconds, we’re gonna go back and forth. Yeah. To see, we’ll do one each where we go back and forth. Like you go, I go, you go I go, Okay. Yep. Or maybe I’ll go You go. I’ll go you go. So, we’re going to set each clock to 10 seconds. And we’re going to list as many ways as you can do can use these three tools. Yes. So magic to do normalizer and Chef, okay. Okay, so how many different ways you can use these tools? Yes, within 10 seconds

Fuzz Martin 8:17
within 10 seconds. So we’ll start the clock, and then we’ll dig for each tool that you can do. And then we’ll go from there. Okay, here we go. In three, two,

Shanna Martin 8:28
lesson plans, unit plans, standard assessments, curriculum alignment. Student

Fuzz Martin 8:40
students stuff. Good work. You get to work. He got five or six, five. All right, you’re you’re gonna go in three. Save countdown.

Shanna Martin 8:52
There we go straight to

Fuzz Martin 8:54
finish this podcast. Clean up the Hot Wheels in the basement. Clean the garage, mow the lawn. Take care of the dog.

Shanna Martin 9:07
10 seconds is fast. Yes. All right.

Fuzz Martin 9:09
It seems longer when you’re like at the beginning. When we were planning for this, we listed 10 seconds. Like that’s a long time. Yep. All right. So that was magic to do. Now we’ll go to the formula. normalizer. Yes.

Shanna Martin 9:22
So this one’s fine. Because there’s all the different ways you can formalize or in formalize things. So I feel like how are

Fuzz Martin 9:28
we going to do this in 10 seconds? Like what? What’s the what’s the output?

Shanna Martin 9:32
What types of things can I make more sarcastic or more passionate or what types of writing can I adjust? Hey, no cheating.

Fuzz Martin 9:43
Alright, here we go. Let me count you down. In 321, a work email. You can edit up a love letter. You can edit up a letter to your neighbor about is really loud wind chime can do

Shanna Martin 10:04
your to do list that you wrote really didn’t help you. Okay?

Fuzz Martin 10:10
All right, here we go 10 seconds on the clock in three, to

Shanna Martin 10:14
summarizing things into a single word. It’s getting less emotional in your emails and yelling at people being more excited about some project that you’re not more sociable and being kind to people.

Fuzz Martin 10:30
Okay, good work. It should it. Should it buzzed you.

Shanna Martin 10:36
That’s mean. Okay.

Fuzz Martin 10:40
I’ll put it through the Formalizer and we’ll make it better. All right, finally. Chef, I’m going to actually on this one, I’m going to have you go. I’m going to type in the ingredients that you come up with in 10 seconds. I’m gonna tell you to tell us all what recipe

Shanna Martin 10:53
so in 10 seconds, I have to tell you food.

Fuzz Martin 10:55
You have to tell me food. And I have to type them as fast as you’re actually I don’t know why. Because because there’s an audio button. There’s an audio button and you just click it. Will it take it? It’s taken mine right now. So, yes, so here we go. We’ll go 10 seconds on the clock.

Shanna Martin 11:12
Can you hear me? It can hear you, right?

Fuzz Martin 11:14
Yes, it can hear you can hear me? Yes. Okay, here we go. And three, two.

Shanna Martin 11:20
Peanut butter. Lettuce, raisins. Ground beef. Rice, lemonade. sugar, pepper.

Fuzz Martin 11:31
All right, here we go. You had just so we’re all clear. Here. You had peanut butter lettuce, raisins, ground beef. Rice, lemonade, and sugar and pepper. Yes. All right. Let’s suggest

Shanna Martin 11:47
going out for dinner.

Fuzz Martin 11:51
You suggest Pepto Bismol is what? You could cook. Alright. Peanut butter lettuce wraps. Oh, serving size four servings, ingredients. Ground beef, lettuce leaves, peanut butter and raisins.And then it gives us the instructions. Cook the ground beef… it goes into detail. I’m not going to read the whole recipe. Here are the notes that I don’t know. This recipe does not use rice, laminate sugar or pepper as per the given ingredients. Now, I would argue that pepper probably would have been better in this than raisins than raisins. But you’re getting 1.8 ounces of 50 grams of raisins in your peanut butter lettuce wraps.

Shanna Martin 12:34
Nice. Should we try one more with like realistic ingredients? Yeah. Okay,

Fuzz Martin 12:38
let’s do that. Okay. One more, Chef. One more for the chef. Here we go. And three to

Shanna Martin 12:47
Turkey. Stuffing. Tomatoes, celery, carrots, onions, salt, pepper, milk, sour cream. Cream cheese. We live in Wisconsin.

Fuzz Martin 13:02
All right. So to recap, we had turkey stuffing, tomatoes, celery, carrots, onions, salt, pepper, milk, sour cream, and cream cheese. And here we go are suggesting from the chef. What am I having for lunch? Calculating?

Shanna Martin 13:20
I was actually thinking this time versus peanut butter. Like,

Fuzz Martin 13:24
Hey, do you have any raisins? All right, creamy stuffed turkey casserole. All right, we’ve got a pound of cooked and shredded turkey. We’ve gotten seven ounces stuffing mix seven ounces of diced tomatoes, three and a half ounces of diced celery. When you combine it all together. Oh, you could also use the sour cream cream cheese and milk. It used all the ingredients.

Shanna Martin 13:48
So you like baking times and stuff? Yeah. Oh, yeah. So I mean, there’s like 12 Direct. Yeah, there’s

Fuzz Martin 13:55
for the directions. Yeah. So Shanna, I think you should make this for dinner tonight.

Shanna Martin 13:59
All right. For everybody can Let’s all make it and then take pictures and put it on social media and be like the chef goblin tools.

Fuzz Martin 14:08
I’m adding this to my magic to do. And there it is. So that’s cool. So it adds all the steps. All 12 Steps got put into a magic to do for me. Awesome. And now you can consider it. Does it today?

Shanna Martin 14:24
Do they have like and clean your dishes?

Fuzz Martin 14:28
No, but you could add a task that says cleaning up after dinner. Yeah, and you go I can Oh, you know what I’m going to do an estimate how long it’s gonna take to make this

Shanna Martin 14:38
Oh, is it going to take to make our leftover dinner can pre make the casserole on like a Sunday and then have it for Tuesday,

Fuzz Martin 14:45
one hour and 34 minutes. By the way. One thing that’s really cool about this task list is based on what you say. It automatically creates a little emoji to the right that kind of shows what kind of task it is. So at a glance you can see like, when I put finished podcasts that has the tragedy and comedy masks,

Shanna Martin 15:06
and your little magic to do list you mean Yeah. Because like the cleaning ones have like a little broom next to them. And the essay has like a little piece of paper and a pencil

Fuzz Martin 15:13
want to put enter work hours and put a little calendar next to it. Yeah, yeah. And it’s gonna take me 45 minutes. And that’s probably pretty close to accurate. Nice.

Shanna Martin 15:22
So yeah, so I hope you guys had a little fun with our goblin tools and our imagined to do list. It was a fun one just to kind of like, here’s some cool AI things to make your life a little easier and make some fun little to do lists and keep your brain relieved, relieved of all the things of tasks. So thanks for tuning in. This has been the Tech Tools for Teachers Podcast. If you have any questions, you can find me on the formerly known as Twitter, at smartinwi or on threads or on Facebook. And if you want to get more information on the links to the technology discussed in this episode, which is 160 Visit smartinwi.com. If you’d like to support the show, please consider buying a coffee or to visit buy me a coffee / smartinwi or visit smartinwi.com and click on that cute little purple coffee cup. Your donations help keep the show going. New episodes each week. Thanks for listening, go educate and innovate.

Fuzz Martin 16:15
The ideas, opinions and meals expressed on this podcast today and the smartinwi.com website are those of the author Shanna Martin and not of her employer. Prior to using any of the technologies discussed on this podcast please consult with your employer regulations. This podcast offers no guarantee that these tools will work for you as described by video and will talk to you next time right here on the Tech Tools for Teachers Podcast.

 

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