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Artificial Intelligence in K12 Schools — Why Should We Teach It and How?

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 105AB

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Instructional Technology Consultant
East Central Ohio ESC
Dr. Wendy Hanasky is an Instructional Technology Consultant at the East Central Ohio ESC in St. Clairsville, OH, co-owner of ACE Digital Academy, and a member of the Leadership Network at The AI Educational Project. She has over 28 years teaching and administrating at the high school, community college, and university level. Wendy holds a doctorate in Technology Education, and her expertise lies in supporting educators in effectively utilizing technology tools in the classroom, empowering students to reach their fullest academic potential.

Session description

What role does artificial intelligence (AI) have in the K12 classroom? For some educators, AI can either be a valued, educational tool or a terrifying unknown. Come learn how educators can harness the use of AI by offering personalized learning to students. AI educational resources will be presented and discussed.

Purpose & objective

The purpose of my presentation is to aid educators in becoming knowledgeable on the topic of AI, including its capabilities of helping teachers provide personalized learning. AI is an emerging technology that will impact all of us more than we can even currently realize. Students need to be taught how to learn alongside AI and harness its powers. It is more important than ever that students need to learn to be flexible, be critical thinkers, and know how to transfer skills to various career fields as AI becomes integrated into just about every career path.

The presentation will engage the audience by having them interact with survey tools such as Poll Everywhere and Survey Monkey, and QR codes where they will be asked to participate in the presentation itself.

1. Attendees will learning the basic definition of AI
2. Attendees will learn about specific examples of how AI impacts our daily lives and ways it is changing it.
3. Attendees will see practical examples of how AI will cause a paradigm shift in certain industries: finance, advertising, product and good servicing, education
4. Attendees will participate in various polls, surveys, and feedback prompts regarding their current knowledge of AI and its impact on our world.
5. Attendees will learn about various resources available to educators to assist with personalized student learning and curriculum.
6. Attendees will have the ability to conduct open forum conversations with their peers to ask questions and make comments on what they just learned.

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Presenter introduction
Artificial Intelligence introduction
What is it's place in the K12 classroom (10 minutes)

Slide Presentation on practical examples of how AI is impacting our world (20 minutes)
Humanoid robots, automated farm equipment, targeting marketing, big tech, etc.
use of interactive polls, QR codes to interact, survey - all interactive the audience can participate with their phones

How does AI affect education? The two facets:
1. AI: Learning about the technology itself and how it affects us as consumers
2. AI: Harnessing its capabilities to provide personalized learning to students
Looking at practical examples of how to implement these 2 facets into the classroom (20 minutes)
Use of surveys, polls, websites, etc. so audience can participate and interact

Conclusion with Questions/Comments - Open Forum (10 Minutes)
Takeaway of practical examples educators can immediately put into practice
Free Curriculum and Tools

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Supporting research

The Hands-On AI Projects for the Classroom series by Nancye Blair Black and Susan Brooks-Young:

The AI Education Project -

EdSurge's AI is for Everyone, Everywhere microsite:

Teaching AI by Michelle Zimmerman:

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Session specifications

Artificial Intelligence
Grade level:
Skill level:
Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members
Attendee devices:
Devices useful
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Subject area:
Computer science, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards:
For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
Computational Thinker
  • Students understand how automation works and use algorithmic thinking to develop a sequence of steps to create and test automated solutions.
For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Support educators in using technology to advance learning that meets the diverse learning, cultural, and social-emotional needs of individual students.
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