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AI and Beyond: Perspectives from Educators and Students

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Listen and learn : Panel

Friday, December 4, 12:30–1:15 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Cliff Archey  
Charlotte Dungan  
Liz Lee  
Janell Tarma  
Theresa Zakavec  

ISTE and IBM have teamed up to develop and pilot a free AI education online course for students in grades 9-12 that will provide them with the knowledge, skills and values needed to understand AI and its implications for society and the world. Join this session to learn more about the importance of AI education, how this course was developed, participate in an AI-focused design thinking activity, and discover how teachers and students can access this course fore free.

Audience: Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Artificial Intelligence
Grade level: 9-12
Subject area: STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Innovative Designer
  • Students know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems.
Empowered Learner
  • Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.
  • Students understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.
Disclosure: The submitter of this session has been supported by a company whose product is being included in the session

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

This panel will report out on ISTE-IBM AI Foundations Program for 9-12 Students. Education leaders from ISTE and IBM, as well as students and educators who have piloted the course, will share out:
1. The importance of AI education, especially to promote equity among students who are typically underrepresented in STEM.
2. A course demo and an engaging, interactive activity on an AI-focused design thinking exercise.
3. Opportunities for incorporating content-rich and engaging AI experiences into 9-12 classroom environments.
4. Students and teachers will discuss their experience in the course and how they leveraged what they learned to solve a real-world challenge.


1. Background on ISTE/IBM partnership – the why, what, how, when
2. AI Foundations course demo
3. Interactive: Walk through a Design Thinking exercise
4. AI Foundations in action -- teachers and students who have taken the course share out impact

Supporting research

AI4K12 5 Big Ideas:

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Cliff Archey, IBM Corporate Social Responsibility
Charlotte Dungan, NC School of Science and Mathematics
Liz Lee, ISTE
Theresa Zakavec, Skyline High School, Longmont Colorado

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