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What Do We Do When Students Complete Assignments With AI?

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 201C

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Director of Academic Technology and Librarian, LS
Sidwell Friends School
ReAnna Laney Gailes is the Director of Academic Technology and Librarian for the Lower School at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C.. Previously, she served as the founding Director of the Learning Commons at Mark Day School in San Rafael, California. She loves merging technology and 21st-century library skills to create a collaborative research space that can be utilized and appreciated by all.
Academic Technology Coodinator
Sidwell Friends School
Nate serves as the Academic Technology Coordinator at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. He speaks at schools and conferences to promote passion-based learning on social media, understanding that digital media provides the greatest opportunity to develop curious and insightful lifelong learners. Nate bridges the gap between classroom teaching and digital learning in an effort to grow literate and responsive digital citizens.
STEAM Educator
Hudson Montessori School
Michelle is a Nationally STEM certified, STEAM educator and curriculum coordinator at Hudson Montessori. She is passionate about providing students with interdisciplinary and integrated STEM/ STEAM learning experiences. One of the focuses of her work is introducing young students to Computational thinking Strategies using unplugged activities. She recently completed the ISTE-GM Artificial Intelligence Explorations in K-12 School Environments program course.

Session description

GPT-3 can write essays for our students, Stable Diffusion can generate images for classes and presentations, and AI video is right around the corner. What do teachers and schools do when students can easily get AI assistance on everything we assign?

Purpose & objective

We need to figure out what to do when students use AI to complete our assignments. There are some tools we can use to figure out whether or not AI was used when completing assignments. And we need to work on our style of creating summative assessments so that they can't be completed by AI systems.

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I would give an introduction to GPT-3 and Stable Diffusion. Then show examples of how these AIs can complete standard school assignments. Then it would be on to questions for the panel about the impacts of this technology.

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Supporting research

Timnit Gebru - On the Dangers of Stochastic Parrots: Can Language Models Be Too Big?""
Merideth Whittaker - AI Now
Kate Crawford - Atlas of AI
Cathy O'Neal - Weapons of Math Destruction
Ben Tarnoff - Internet for the People
Data & Society
Have I Been Trained -

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Session specifications

Artificial Intelligence
Grade level:
Skill level:
Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Principals/head teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Attendee devices:
Devices not needed
ISTE Standards:
For Education Leaders:
Visionary Planner
  • Engage education stakeholders in developing and adopting a shared vision for using technology to improve student success, informed by the learning sciences.
  • Build on the shared vision by collaboratively creating a strategic plan that articulates how technology will be used to enhance learning.
  • Share lessons learned, best practices, challenges and the impact of learning with technology with other education leaders who want to learn from this work.