How to set up an AI Dialogue Notebook on NowComment
By the end of these 19 steps, you will have a notebook--or what is called a collection on NowComment--where you can collect different kinds of multimodal documents that you are using for your own reasons and that you can invite others to comment on as well.
An Ai Dialogue Notebook is a place to gather both your daily and weekly logs about your thinking and resources that you find helpful in your journey to find solutions to you own burning questions or wicked problems that are important to you and your community.
You control how public, private, or shared with a small group you make the different documents in your Notebook.
We begin by uploading one document that you will add to each day for a week. The idea is that you can log your questions, ideas, observations, conversations (with yourself and others), inspiring moments, frustrations.., things going on with you and in your head each day.
The directions below show you how to collect your daily logs on one document each week, which will allow you to use Thinking Partners beside your freewriting, jottings, exploratory logs. You can upload a new document each week for you logs, then collect these into a Personal Collection on NowComment. This collection is your AI Dialogue Notebook.
In time, as you come upon videos, articles, short stories, poems, news items... that relate to the questions and ideas in your logs, you can upload those items to your notebook as well.
Here's an example: Paul's Notebook
It worth saying that this notebook is public so that others can see it as an example. We recommend (and the instructions below suggest) that you keep the Personal Collection that is your notebook private and shared with the People and Groups you invite. That way you can choose to keep some documents in your notebook/collection private (such as your logs) and other things can be made public (such as the resources you find).
Let's get started!
A. Quick Start (3 minutes)
- In My Library or on almost any page, click Upload Document from the main menu in the blue banner at the top, then click the box for Text I'll Write Now.
- Title this document with today's date to a week from today to keep weekly logs. Also add your first name (e.g. Paul's Logs July 18 - 24).
- At the top of each weekly document, write a list of your goals for the week. Then hit the buttons at the bottom and on the next two screens: Upload, Save and Continue, and Continue
B. Add Short, Frequent Logs to the Weekly Document (5-10 minutes)
- Hit the button Add to Document. Enter your logs by adding to this document each day for a week, then upload a new document (using Text I'll Write Now) for succeeding weeks. Start your first log now. A great way to start an inquiry on a weekly document is by making a list of 10 self and 10 world questions and by adding 3-5 keywords after each question. James A. Beane taught us how to do this in his book (especially chapters 3 and 4) Curriculum Integration: Designing the Core of Democratic Education (Teachers College Press 1997).
C. Invite People to Comment (2 minutes)
- Invite people and groups to see and comment on your logs. Click the Invite tab in the upper-left corner, then invite people by listing email addresses yourself or selecting People or Groups from your Address Book.
D. Add Images and Videos (5 minutes)
- (a) Use text-to-image prompts to create images on the Stable Diffusion Playground. On a different tab, open this week's document for collecting your logs and hit the Add to Document button. (You can also find "Add to Document" in the More... drop down. Now to back to your image on Stable Diffusion, then copy and paste images from there to a New Content box. Double-click on an image to control size and spacing.
(b) Go to General Document Comments and select the AI icon on the right. Select the Thinking Partner (see below) Text-to-Image Prompt Maker. Add an artist's name or style in your question (e.g. How would Amy Sherald represent this?). Then copy the result and paste it at Stable Diffusion to Generate an Image. Right click on and image you like and copy the URL for that image. Come back to NowComment, and paste the URL in the Add an Image pop-up. Then Start Conversation
- Embed videos in this document so readers can make video comments too! You can embed almost anything into a document using available embed code. Just copy and paste the code. The media shows up after you post.
E. Choose Thinking Partners to dialogue with your logs each day (10 minutes)
- Double-click on a sentence or the number beside a paragraph (to select the whole paragraph), or choose General Document Comments, then click the AI icon or the Ask AI button. You may reach a limit to how much text you can submit. You will receive an error message about how many tokens you are over if this happens. We are constantly working to expand this limit.
- Select your Thinking Partner, ask a Question, then add A note about the reader (optional), and hit the Continue button.
- Read your results, then slow down a bit and consider hitting the Resubmit button (which you can do repeatedly) until you have something helpful, honest, and harmless to work with. (Note that you can change your question, or not, for each resubmission.) See yourself as a co-author with AI. Edit the results to add your thoughts to what AI gives you, then hit the Start Conversation button. Consider replying to this comment immediately or at a later point with further thoughts of your own or with another AI Thinking Partner.
F. Make a Notebook by creating a Personal Collection (10 minutes)
- While in your library click the button at the top of the right margin to Create a Personal Collection
- In the Title box, write this: First Name's Notebook
- You may only have a rough idea right now of how this notebook will work, what you will put in it and how you will use it to dialogue with others about your work. But write a short description about what you think you might want to keep in such a repository. Something like, and this is just an example: "This is box where I collect my ideas for teaching integrated STEM projects, articles that help me to think about my teaching, and student samples. I'll use AI to help me to reflect on all of this work, and I'll invite my colleagues to comment and dialogue here with me as well."
- Copy your description and paste it as a prompt in the Stable Diffusion Playground. See what images it comes up with. Resubmit until you have something you like, then copy and paste an image next the description of your notebook. You can always change the description and the image at a later time.
- Invite your group to your notebook. This will allow them to see the things you place in your notebook and to make comments.
- Find your Group in the Address book and add it the Invite People and Groups box, then hit the orange Invite button.
G. Add Documents to your Notebook (3 minutes)
- Now, click the button to Add a Document and after the first one, Add another Document At any point, you have the option to add a note to each document you put into to your notebook.
- You can also add a document to your notebook by clicking the More tab on any document, then clicking Add to a Collection on the drop-down menu.
- Note that you can upload almost anything into your notebook. This can be a multimodal collection of things you are reading, videos you are learning from, images that are important, infographics, reports, and more. And you can upload these these artifacts then add the document your notebook in the same collection with your weekly logs.