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Reading, Writing, Coding and AI ... Oh My!

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Location: La Nouvelle Ballroom, Table 15
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Participate and share : Poster

Kendre Perry  
Christina Nording  

In this session, you will be able to view examples of student work integrating critical thinking and problem-solving through the use of coding or artificial intelligence within the core academic areas of reading and writing. We will share examples from young learners to intermediate level of students.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Library media specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, Windows
Topic: Computer science & computational thinking
Grade level: PK-5
Subject area: STEM/STEAM, Computer science
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits.
Creative Communicator
  • Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this presentation is for learners to gain an understanding that coding and artificial intelligence allows students to explore, experiment and create. Through the use of coding robots and various AI tools students are able to research and seek out information as well as apply critical thinking and problem solving skills through creation. In addition, using either coding or AI within your instruction helps engage all learners within a classroom setting.

Educators will walk away with examples of how these tools are used at the k-5 level by showing student work or slide shows that were used with students during the learning process in the areas of reading, writing as well as other academic areas. We will also share additional resources to support coding within the classroom setting as well as AI. By the end of this session, you will be able to implement something new in your classroom the next day!

Educational or infrastructure challenges: Lack of coding robots to use with students could be a potential problem.

Technology tools used: Ozobots, Bloxels, Sphero Bolts, Beebots, Sphero Indi, and various AI platforms like: AI Gahaku, AutoDraw, Data Mining, Google Trends, AI for Oceans.

Models employed: Large group research lesson integrated with AI tools along with vocabulary. Using coding robots for students to express their learning.

Lesson Plans: See attached Slide Show called ISTE Course - Online Searching and Artificial Intelligence. This is a step by step slide show on how we integrated digital citizenship, AI and research in one third grade classroom.

Integrated the following children's books with coding activities both unplugged and with Ozobots: How To Code A Sand Castle and How To Code A Roller Coaster.

Evidence of success will be videos of student work and pictures as well as resources used to make it possible for students to create and express their learning through using various coding robots or AI tools

Supporting research

ISTE AI Course
No Fear Coding: Computational Thinking Across the k-5 Curriculum by: Heidi Williams
Rev Up Robotics: Real-World Computational Thinking in the k-8 Classroom by: Jorge Valenzuela

ISTE Computational Thinking Leadership Toolkit\\

Using Coding To Engage Students In Reading and Writing Lessons:

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Kendre Perry, Winchendon Public Schools

Kendre Perry, M.Ed, is currently a Middle School (6-8) STEM Specialist in Winchendon, MA and is a member of the ISTE Community Leadership team. She presents at the national and local levels to educators about meaningful technology integration. Her areas of EdTech interest include Augmented and Virtual Reality, Formative Assessment Tools, Generation Z, Engaging Presentation Tools, and Google Tools for Learning

Christina Nording, Milton West Elementary School

Christina Nording is a Library Media Specialist at Milton West Elementary School in Milton, Wisconsin. She was a classroom teacher for 21 years and has been in the LMS role for four years now. She enjoys integrating technology and Makerspace into the curriculum to help support student learning.

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