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Easy Ways to Bring Artificial Intelligence to Your Classroom!

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 115B

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Nisha Talagala is the CEO and founder of AIClub is bringing AI Literacy to K-12 students and individuals worldwide. Nisha has significant experience in introducing technologies like Artificial Intelligence to new learners from students to professionals. Nisha earned her PhD at UC Berkeley where she did research on clusters and distributed systems. Nisha holds 73 patents in distributed systems and software, over 25 refereed research publications, is a frequent speaker at industry and academic events, and is a contributing writer to Forbes and other publications.

Session description

Artificial intelligence is all around our students. AI literacy is critical for future jobs and for the ethical and responsible use of this technology. This session covers core concepts in AI and easy and free ways to teach these concepts via hands-on exercises in the classroom.

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this presentation is to provide teachers with the learnings and resources needed to successfully bring Artificial Intelligence to their classrooms. The participant outcomes are:
- Participants will learn the core concepts of AI, such as what AI is, the types of AI that are in existence today, how AI works, and the benefits and challenges of the technology.
- They will learn how to perform hands on exercises that their students can do in the classroom
- They will learn how to combine these hands on exercises with concepts and discussion, to help students explore the technology.
- They will learn tips and tricks from past teacher experiences, such as how to engage girls with AI, and how to engage students of varying interest levels in math and how to add depth in discussion depending on grade level.

Tools - the exercises will include free browser based tools - no software installs required.

Evidence of success
- Teachers will be equipped to bring AI to their classrooms
- Teachers will also receive a list of free online resources (slides, videos, and additional exercises) that they can use.

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The session is planned for 60 minutes and will include a mix of interactive exercises, presenter led exercises done by the participants, and peer-to-peer discussion. Questions are welcome during the session (time has been budgeted to answer questions within each section).

If the 90 minute format is needed - additional content is listed below.

The outline is:

(10 min) - Introduction and icebreakers
- Teacher Padlet - What is AI?
- Teacher Padlet - What are the types of AI around us?

(10 min) - Concepts
- Definition of AI
- Types of AI
- How AIs learn and predict

(15 min) - Use AI to create art!
- Hands on exercise. Presenter shows how, the audience can build their own artwork using the web browser on their devices
- Core AI concepts used here
- How to introduce to students
- Key learning outcomes for students

(15 min) - How AIs learn from Data - Build an AI to predict your mood!
- Hands on exercise. Presenter shows how, the audience can build their own AI using web browser on their device. Audience can teach their own AI as they choose
- Core AI concepts used here
- How to introduce to students
- Key learning outcomes for students

(10) AI Ethics - Benefits and Challenges
- Concept learning
- Open discussion led by presenter. Audience engagement via Padlet.

Additional content (if 90 minute session is chosen)

(15) Explore AI Bias using translation tools and a translation game
- Audience will discover real-life AI Bias in popular tools
- Core AI concepts used here
- How to introduce to students
- Key learning outcomes for students

(15) AI trends - context to help educators lead discussion in the classroom
- Emerging laws around the world
- How nations are racing to compete
- Open discussion

Takeaway resources
- Audience will get a detailed resources sheet of all the resources used in the session and more free resources and additional exercises. All are publicly available.

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Supporting research

Some supporting documentation showing why it is critical to bring AI to the K-12 classroom

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Session specifications

Artificial Intelligence
Grade level:
Skill level:
Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Attendee devices:
Devices required
Attendee device specification:
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials:
No requirements
Subject area:
Computer science, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards:
For Educators:
  • Advocate for equitable access to educational technology, digital content and learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of all students.
  • Model for colleagues the identification, exploration, evaluation, curation and adoption of new digital resources and tools for learning.
  • Establish a learning culture that promotes curiosity and critical examination of online resources and fosters digital literacy and media fluency.
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