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SummaryAccess Flint Generative AI at Riverdale
AuthorMaintained by Matthijs van Mierlo
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StatusUp-to-date for the 2023-2024 school year.

🔎 General Tips and Tricks

  • As with any Generative AI, be specific and practice careful prompt engineering
  • Find a website to use as a starting point - create a Tutor directly from that
  • Find a document (PDF/Word) to use as a starting point - create a Tutor directly from that
  • Identify in your prompt how you want students to interact with the AI. What are the learning goals and objectives?
  • Be specific for what constitutes a good response vs. an incomplete response so that students can get the most helpful feedback.

✏️ Students

1️⃣ Access Flint

  1. Go to:
  2. Click Sign in with Google
  3. Use your Riverdale email address and passphrase

2️⃣ Find Assignments (Tutors)

To find an assignment that you need to complete for one of your classes, either:

  1. Click the direct link your teacher shared with you in Schoology
  2. Click the Group in Flint for your class, then click the Tutor

3️⃣ Create Tutors

If you want to create a personal Tutor to explore a new topic or help with a task (developing a thesis, etc.), you can do the following:

  1. Log in to Flint with your Riverdale email address and passphrase
  2. Type your prompt in the Create tutor area
  3. Click Create tutor
  4. Optional: upload a file, provide a URL, or insert math or code to give Flint more context
  5. Choose the prompt that sounds best!

4️⃣ Sample Prompts

Subject Prompt
English/History "I am a student in a 9th grade English course. Help me develop a thesis for a paper on Macbeth. My initial idea is _________. How can I make my thesis more specific and focused?"

"I am exploring the Industrial Revolution, and would love to explore intersections between race, class, and gender during this time period. Can you help me unpack this idea more and develop it into a working thesis?"

Language "Create a personal 10th grade French/Spanish/Chinese/Latin/Greek tutor that helps me practice vocabulary related to ordering food at a restaurant. Make it conversational, and make sure the tutor corrects me if I make any grammatical or spelling mistakes. It should be an immersive tutor in the target language."
Math/Science "I am about to create a lab for 10th grade biology where I need to measure the degree to which certain plants exhibit features related to the Fibonacci numbers. These are the plants I'm planning to look at _________. Can you help me create a lab plan and evaluate trends in my data? I need help with determining what kind of data I'm going to collect, and how I'm going to analyze it."

"Create a tutor for 9th grade geometry that helps me practice the pythagorean theorem in different word problems. Make the problems varied (in type and difficulty), and make sure they review all the key ideas related to the pythagorean theorem which include _________."

Art/Music "Help me brainstorm ideas for my painting/drawing/photography class. The assignment prompt is to _________. I want to tie this assignment together with my passion for music, specifically impressionistic music. What kinds of art styles do you think would be good for something like this? Help me develop a solid idea to get started with."
Theatre/Dance "Help me create 5 ice breaker activities for my theatre/dance club to help new club members become comfortable with improvisation and collaboration. The ice breaker activities should be appropriate for 6th graders through 8th graders, and should be varied in type. Make them funny, and help me brainstorm them."

🏫 Teachers

1️⃣ Access Flint

  1. Log-in with Google here:
  2. Create a Group. Think of a Group like a class.
    • Based on the Group description, an automatic Companion will be built. Think of this like a general AI at the course level. This can be enabled or disabled by teachers.
    • Within the group, you can create Tutors. Think of Tutor like an assignment. When students submit their session, teachers have full visibility in terms of what students wrote and how they interacted with the AI session. You can choose the best tutor (you are typically given 3 choices) and can test it before assigning it to your students.

2️⃣ Creating Tutors

Start by creating a Tutor within a Group. See the screenshot below for getting started.

Create a Tutor in Flint
Step Description Screenshot
1 Navigate to the Group you would like to create the tutor in. Then input your prompt, attach a file, or link to an external website you would like to reference. Select the grade level, and click Create Tutor. FlintTutor1.png
2 Flint will create 3 different Tutors. Find the Tutor that aligns best to your assignment/project/homework/goals. Select your preferred Tutor, and then click Create. FlintTutor2.png
3 Test your Tutor. You can simulate student responses, and check the types and quality of output before sharing with your students. FlintTutor3.png
4 Share your Tutor with your classes and students. You can share a direct URL, you can share the assignment within the Group, or you can manually invite users to join. Once you are done changing settings, click Update. FlintTutor4.png

3️⃣ Sample Prompts

Subject Prompt
Language "Make an assignment for a 9th grade French immersion class where you are a restaurant waiter and the student (responding) is acting like a diner. In the assignment, students should practice the basics of ordering food, asking questions about food on the menu, as well as useful phrases that they might hear in a restaurant setting. The waiter should ask at least 5 total questions to the student, and students should only get full credit on the assignment if they adequately answer all 5 questions. Make sure the assignment follows a natural conversational structure, and make sure the conversation is only in French. Adjust the level of french for typical 9th grades courses. Verb tenses used should only be the present tense."
History "Please make an assignment where students identify the key stages of an imaginary bill (fictitious and funny for 7th graders) through the law making process as described by the article below. Make sure students review all major steps outlined below in a conversational fashion. Make it such that students feel like they're in the center of this law getting designed, built, and approved. Grade students based on how well they understand the content from the reading and the depth of their answers."
English Website:

"Make a formative assignment where students are interrogated about the deeper meaning of the poem. Ask students to highlight specific passages that resonate with them, and ask students to do an analysis based on the overall sentiment of the poem. The interaction should be extremely conversational, and help students unpack the deeper meaning in the reading."

⚠️ Remember...

  • No AI is perfect. Check for errors, and make it clear to students that this is a practice tool to engage with content beyond typical readings and assignments.
  • This should be used as a formative assessment tool. Think of this as a substitute for reading quizzes, reading checks, or brainstorming sessions.
  • The assignments are only going to be as good as the content, prompts, and resources that go into creating the Tutors. Remember that!