As AI becomes increasingly relevant in the tech world, Maplesoft has taken steps to integrate AI into our products. We recently launched two new features: Ask AI in Maple Learn and Word Problem Solver in Maple Calculator.

**Ask AI - Maple Learn**

As a Math Content Creator at Maplesoft, sometimes I find myself in a creative rut. What documents would be engaging for students? How can I address certain math topics in a fun and interactive way?

I've had the pleasure of creating several collections during my time, including Extreme Value Theorem, Intermediate Value Theorem, and Polynomial Long Division. Nonetheless, each collection took a lot of storyboarding and creativity before I even began drafting them, and I've missed out on creating so many more collections because of this long idea generation process. Having a tool in my back pocket to reignite those creative juices would make it so much easier and faster to create new and exciting Maple Learn documents.

Luckily, our new Ask AI feature in Maple Learn can help with that!

Whenever you enter text into a Maple Learn document, a new Context Panel operation called "Ask AI" will pop up. Simply click that button to receive an AI response related to your prompt.

One of my favourite uses of Ask AI is to pick a random subject or phrase and see what the AI responds with. The Ask AI feature is designed to respond with a mathematics-centric answer so it will twist even the least mathematical of concepts into a math problem! The prompt "tacos" resulted in some formulas about sharing tacos with friends, and a prompt of "celebrity gossip" introduced statistical functions to compute the number of celebrity mentions per day.

I also found that completing part of a tongue twister will result in some funny AI responses!

Here are a couple of my favorites below:

"She sells sea shells..."

Ask AI completes this tongue twister, then offers some formulas to compute the profit of selling S shells!

"How much wood..."

After relating that this tongue twister is not a mathematical problem, Ask AI then builds a simple formula for computing how much wood a woodchuck would (hypothetically) chuck.

There are many more applications of this feature, and I hope you all enjoy exploring them as you create documents on Maple Learn. If you're having trouble inputting text into your documents, or looking for a quick introduction to Maple Learn, check out the Walkthrough Tutorial. Beginner Tutorial (slide 8) addresses adding text to your document. Check out this blog post if you aren't sure how to access the Walkthrough Tutorial.

**Word Problem Solver - Maple Calculator**

Maple Calculator now offers support for word problems by leveraging AI. Simply take a picture of your word problem and Maple Calculator will provide a solution generated by AI.

Here is a quick example:

I wrote on paper, “Alice and Bob have 17 apples total. Alice has double the number of apples as Bob plus two. How many apples does Bob have?”. Then I took a picture of this in Maple Calculator, and it gave me a breakdown of the problem using linear equations. See screenshots of my Maple Calculator below.

AI can be an amazing tool, but it can also make mistakes. We ensure that all our tools that incorporate AI clearly indicate its use, so that our users can know when AI is used and choose whether to use it. We're committed to remaining transparent about AI as our journey continues and we are always open to feedback.

For our community of educators, a valuable exercise for students might be to show examples where AI makes mistakes and encourage students to find and explain the errors.

As an example, here is an algebra problem answered by Ask AI in Maple Learn – but it made a mistake! See if your students can spot where it went wrong and explain what should happen instead.

Building these skills will translate into good critical thinking skills that will benefit students inside and outside the classroom. For example, these exercises aim to help students identify their own mistakes in math and critically evaluate online sources. We would love to hear feedback about these exercises if you try them.

We hope these features will come in handy next time you use Maple Learn and Maple Calculator!