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

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Rachelle Dene Poth  
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: Coaches, Teachers, Teacher education/higher ed faculty
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Nothing ahead of time
Topic: Artificial Intelligence
Subject area: STEM/STEAM, Not applicable
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Collaborate and co-learn with students to discover and use new digital resources and diagnose and troubleshoot technology issues.
  • Manage the use of technology and student learning strategies in digital platforms, virtual environments, hands-on makerspaces or in the field.
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

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, I will share steps, and hope that it can help make implementation easier for others.

Through the use of AI in the classroom, I 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. Discussion of AI and tools to explore with students including AI World School, Rex Academy, MIT App Inventor, Google AI Experiments and the ISTE U Course and AI Curriculum guides.


The session will focus on Artificial Intelligence and how to get started with teaching about AI and resources to explore. A brief overview of what AI is, resources to introduce to students, some key facts about the use of AI in our lives and activities and courses to explore.
Audience is encouraged to explore some of the sites mentioned and try some of the activities using machine learning and AI.

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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Rachelle Dene Poth, Rivervew Junior Senior High School
ISTE Certified Educator

Rachelle Dene Poth is an edtech consultant, presenter, attorney, author, and teacher. Rachelle teaches Spanish and STEAM: Emerging Technology. Rachelle has Master’s in Instructional Technology. She is an ISTE Certified Educator, past-president of ISTE Teacher Education Network and on the Leadership team of Mobile Learning Network.She received the Making IT Happen Award in 2019. Rachelle is the author of five books, including her most recent True Story: Lessons That One Kid Taught Us and also has a book with ISTE “Chart A New Course: A Guide to Teaching Essential Skills for Tomorrow’s World."

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