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Teaching AI: Exploring New Frontiers for Learning

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Listen and learn : Lecture

Sunday, June 23, 12:00–1:00 pm
Location: Terrace Ballroom IV, Level 4 (near Posters)

Dr. Michelle Zimmerman  
What does AI mean? What exists and what is hype? Educators won't be replaced by machines, but are crucial in the future of young people.The author of the new ISTE book: "Teaching AI: Exploring New Frontiers for Learning" will answer questions and provide some unexpected twists along the way.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Teacher education/higher ed faculty, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Advanced
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Internet access
Focus: Technology infrastructure
Topic: Emergent technologies
Subject area: STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Visionary Leadership
  • Inspire and facilitate among all stakeholders a shared vision of purposeful change that maximizes use of digital age resources to meet and exceed learning goals, support effective instructional practice, and maximize performance of district and school leaders.
For Coaches:
Visionary Leadership
  • Implement strategies for initiating and sustaining technology innovations and manage the change process in schools and classrooms.
For Education Leaders:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Model digital citizenship by critically evaluating online resources, engaging in civil discourse online and using digital tools to contribute to positive social change.
Additional detail: Student presentation, ISTE author presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Purpose: To expand the Creative Constructor Lab past Seattle in November to ISTE in Philadelphia as this was presented there.

When people still have difficulty in agreeing on a definition for human intelligence, it is reasonable that there is also difficulty in defining what counts as artificial intelligence or what it would mean for a machine to replicate human intelligence. This session helps educators continue to be LEARNERS (1c) by staying current with research that supports student learning outcomes, including from the Learning Sciences. Understanding a Socio-cultural perspective and the importance of how humans learn from and in the presence of other humans is crucial to a discussion on AI, because AI will go as far as the humans who train machines to think. In learning and staying current, this session challenges educators to re-think learning DESIGN (5c) that leverages strengths our human brain has that machines can't do well, and builds in ways for students to leverage what machines can do more efficiently than we can. These help us to create GLOBAL COLLABORATORS where our students use technologies to work with others, including peers, experts or community members, to examine issues and problems from multiple viewpoints.


This one-hour exploratory session will walk through the sections of the book, "Teaching AI: Exploring New Frontiers for Learning" with quick tips and access to free resources supported by AI or helping students prepare for a future with AI ranging from Sesame Workshop to PBS Learning Media with the Crash Course Series for young children through college students, Project-based learning and Design Thinking to Diversity in STEM. It will also include free tools you can use in your classroom right away for creative collaborative projects and assessments.
 1. What Is AI?
  1. Brief History
  2. Components of AI
 2. Preparing Students for the Future
  1. Introducing AI, teaching how it works and discussing implications and ethical issues will serve students in future careers where AI used.
  2. ISTE Standards for Students
   1. Students as creators and problem-solvers, how AI fits
 3. Approaches to Teaching AI
  1. Project-Based Learning
  2. Design Thinking
  3. AI in the classroom - Examples
 4. How AI Can Support Student Learning
  1. Foster STEM Skills
  2. Diversity and gender equity in STEM careers
  3. Personalized Learning
  4. Differentiated Instruction
  5. Computer science and robotics
  6. Student Examples
 5. How AI Can Support Teachers
  1. Automating Tasks/ Freeing up Teacher Time
  2. Data Mining
  3. Assessment
 6. Ethical Issues and Concerns
  1. Loss of Control and Privacy
  2. Changes in Job Market Due to Automation
Mobile devices - install free apps: Sway - (runs supported by Machine Learning, a component of AI) Office Lens - (uses computer vision - a component of AI) Microsoft Translator - (uses Natural Language Processing - a component of AI) Sign up for a free Microsoft account. Microsoft Educator community (

Supporting research

Teaching AI: Exploring New Frontiers for Learning

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Dr. Michelle Zimmerman, Renton Prep

Michelle Zimmerman, author of “Teaching AI: Exploring New Frontiers for Learning” received her Ph.D. in Learning Sciences and Human Development from University of Washington, College of Education. As a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, she is a third year Microsoft MVP for global impact. With 18 years in the classroom (PreK-10th), her students gained international recognition speaking at conferences, receiving awards and hosting Ministries of Education and Delegates at Renton Prep from around the world. She co-designed Renton Prep and in leadership for the first group of 17 Global Schools as part of the Microsoft Flagship Schools program.

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