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Innovation and AI: Meeting 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 114 (Nutter Theater)

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Renton Prep
Renton Prep
Renton Prep
Renton Prep
Renton Prep
Director of Innovative Teaching and Learning Sciences
Renton Prep
Michelle Zimmerman, author of Teaching AI: Exploring New Frontiers for Learning, published in 4 languages, was selected as 2021 ISTE Visionary Leadership, 2019 EdTech Leadership Awards Global Leader finalist and selected 6 consecutive years as Microsoft MVP. She teaches middle and high school while serving in administration at Renton Prep, a Microsoft Showcase School. Her PhD in Learning Sciences and Human Development is from University of Washington, and her research has been recognized with multiple awards. Since 2007, she has presented around the world. You can find her in Forbes, GeekWire, Venture Beat, Getting Smart, local and international news.

Session description

Progress toward meeting the 2030 Global Goals has been met with unexpected challenges. Leaders and classroom teachers know the best plans will get derailed in some way. This session discusses how you can help young people see those concepts at a large scale compared to skills they are developing now.

Purpose & objective

As an ISTE author, Teaching AI, it is important for me to continue challenging and growing with my learners. The purpose is to help them continue to push boundaries and see the intersection of human-computer interaction as applied to the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, understanding how setbacks can require reframing a challenge and advancing those goals through new iterations. This session will be "hot off the press" and framed by the ideas the co-presenters develop over the next several months, reframed by their voice and vision for their generation addressing Global Challenges by building skills now.

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Intro will overview Global Goals and the challenges that have delayed progress for 2030 goals, followed by students asking audience/learners questions about how they may have addressed Global Goals in their classrooms or what they are seeing as challenges that have disrupted forward movement, progress and innovation, or any regressions in the way education is headed (there was hope in some circles that the pandemic would be the force that set in motion an inertial system and "we won't go back").

This will lead into think-pair-share on two to three questions and a chance for the audience to help direct the shape of the remainder of the session (i.e. which artifacts from a selection they'd most like to see). Collections of artifacts will be in the Wakelet.

Five students will co-present their approaches to understanding, identifying, and applying skills to start tackling Global Goals, recognizing ISTE Standards for Students they meet. I will provide an updated outline upon acceptance of this proposal as it will be informed by some of the student authentic voice that emerges over the next couple of months.

I will add comments from a leadership perspective between artifacts for a leadership and educator perspective, how and why framework decisions were chosen and how to merge subjects, allowing for questions for students and for me.

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Session specifications

Artificial Intelligence
Grade level:
Skill level:
Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Principals/head teachers, Teacher education/higher ed faculty
Attendee devices:
Devices useful
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials:
Internet access is all that is needed.
Subject area:
Performing/visual arts, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards:
For Education Leaders:
Visionary Planner
  • Evaluate progress on the strategic plan, make course corrections, measure impact and scale effective approaches for using technology to transform learning.
For Students:
Innovative Designer
  • Students develop, test and refine prototypes as part of a cyclical design process.
  • Students exhibit a tolerance for ambiguity, perseverance and the capacity to work with open-ended problems.
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