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Artificial Intelligence in Education: What Do We Need to Know?

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Listen and learn : Panel

Sunday, November 29, 9:00–9:45 am PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Nancye Blair Black  
David Lockett  
Rachelle Dene Poth  
Denise Wright  

People's Choice winner. Learn how AI is being used in education and its implications for the future. Hear from educators from different backgrounds and how they are working with AI. Walk away with resources for teaching students about AI and a better understanding of the benefits and ethical considerations of AI for education.

Audience: Teachers, Teacher education/higher ed faculty, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS
Laptop: Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Nothing needed
Topic: Artificial Intelligence
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Collaborate and co-learn with students to discover and use new digital resources and diagnose and troubleshoot technology issues.
  • Create learning opportunities that challenge students to use a design process and computational thinking to innovate and solve problems.
For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • 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.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation, Session recorded for video-on-demand
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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose is to provide an introduction to the definitions of Artificial Intelligence and machine learning and to discuss the implications for the future of education and work. We will look at quick ways to get started with using these technologies in the classroom and their benefits of creating more engaging learning experiences for students. Deeper and authentic learning will be fostered when students learn to interact with Artificial Intelligence in the classroom.
We will explore ideas for how to use artificial Intelligence in the classroom, and how it can help students to learn in a new, more interactive way, leading to authentic, deeper learning. Students interacting in unique ways that can help to increase engagement in learning as well as spark curiosity and bring learning to life which promotes real world learning.
For anyone looking to start using these tools in the classroom, we will share our steps, and hope that it can help make implementation easier for others. We look forward to learning more about the topic as well, from others sharing their experiences, feedback, and during the session.
We will also share some of the questions from the ISTE Communities that were received prior to the session.

Through the use of AI in the classroom, we will discuss different ways that students have perceived this emerging technology in a positive outlook, since they learned different ways to obtain information and gained ideas on how to leverage this technology.
The goal is to share content, including sample projects and resources, so that attendees can really walk away with a lot of new ideas to get started.


The session will focus on Artificial Intelligence and involve a moderated panel discussion focused on how to bring inclusivity and diverse perspectives into AI design. The panelists are educators with diverse backgrounds and experiences. The topics to be discussed will include common recent trends and research on the use of AI in classrooms and the future of learning, resources available to educators, and everyday uses of AI.
It will be an opportunity for the panelists to share experiences, how to get started with AI, concerns and challenges. (40-45 minutes) Moderated questions will be focused on benefits of AI for education, building inclusion and diversity into AI challenges, ethical considerations and implications for the future of learning and work. Remaining time will be for Q&A and sharing resources with attendees.
Participants will be able to walk away with usable resources, strategies, and information to help them facilitate and advocate for diverse and inclusive AI programs at their school or district

Supporting research

Teaching AI, Michelle Zimmerman Artificial Intelligence in Education by Holmes, Bialik, Fadel
Artificial Intelligence Impacts on Higher Education (May 2018)
5 Unexpected Benefits Of Using An AI Virtual Assistant For Learning Support In Your Organization,\
Dousay, T.A. & Hall, C. (2018). “Alexa, tell me about using a virtual assistant in the classroom”.
I, teacher: using artificial intelligence (AI) and social robots in communication and instruction, Roles of Artificial Intelligence in Education: Current Progress and Future Prospects. Journal of Educational Technology, 1(4), 42-80.
How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing Teaching By Beth McMurtrie

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Nancye Blair Black, The Block Uncarved, LLC
ISTE Certified Educator
David Lockett, School of Applied Computational Sciences at Meharry Medical College

David Lockett has served as an elementary and middle STEM and Computer Science teacher 15 years. As a national leader in STEM, leading both statewide and national initiatives. Lockett’s philosophy of “STEM for ALL” has been at the heart of his STEM outreach and advocacy work. He is currently an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow.

Rachelle Dene Poth, Rivervew Junior Senior High School

I am an edtech consultant, presenter, attorney, author, and teacher. I teach Spanish and STEAM Emerging Technology. I have a Juris Doctor degree & a Master’s in Instructional Technology. I am past-president of the ISTE TEN and on the Leadership team of MLN. I received the Making IT Happen Award and a Presidential Gold Award for volunteer service. I am the author of ‘In Other Words: Quotes That Push Our Thinking,” “Unconventional Ways to Thrive in EDU” and “The Future is Now” “Chart A New Course: A Guide to Teaching Essential Skills for Tomorrow’s World."

Denise Wright, Horry County Schools

Denise Wright, is a STEM Educator in Myrtle Beach, SC . She is a member of ISTE STEM , IVC leadership teams, volunteers for NASA as a Solar System Ambassador, piloted a distance learning telescope to be used in classrooms across South Carolina, and founded the amateur astronomy group, Grand Strand Astronomers in her local community. Denise, was recently appointed to the National Astronomy Educator Coordinators Team with the IAU and attended the 2018 launch of NASA's Parker Solar Probe. Her passions include astronomy, artificial intelligence, and learning about emerging technologies. She is an author for NSTA's Science Scope. Her column is called "The Online Teacher."

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