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ChatGPT and Beyond: Authentic Experiences With Artificial Intelligence

Pennsylvania Convention Center, Terrace Ballroom IV

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Director of Digital Innovation
Western Springs, District 101
Steve Dembo is the middle school Computer Science/Artificial Intelligence Teacher and Director of Technology at Quest Academy in Palatine, IL. He is the co-author of the book Untangling the Web: 20 Tools to Power Up Your Teaching and the president of the Skokie/Morton Grove District 69 School Board, serving his third term. Dembo is a dynamic speaker on the capabilities of social networking, the power of educational technologies and the potential for digital content to empower teachers to improve student outcomes.

Session description

One of the hottest trends in society today is artificial intelligence, but it can be a real challenge to teach. Our school has committed to integrating AI experiences from kindergarten through eighth grade, both the theory and through practical experiences. Come discover the best hands-on AI experiences for students!

Purpose & objective

Participants will learn what students need to know about how AI is impacting their world.
Participants will experience ways to provide hands on AI explorations for students.
Participants will discover concrete ways for students to build AI experiences with their students which mirror how it's being used in the real world.
Participants will discuss ethical considerations and ways to broach those topics in their classrooms.

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The state of AI
Discussion about AI in education
Hands on exploration of generative and predictive AI artwork
Discussion about the ethical considerations around AI generated work, as well as inherent biases
Group exploration of text based AI experiences
Discussion about ethical considerations around AI generated work in writing
Review of the current AI experiences for students
Jigsaw exploration of AI experiences and sharing of results
Overview of hardware based experiences using education-friendly devices
Final reflection and wrap up

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Supporting research - Berkeley's Intro to AI course ISTE resources for AI in education Tiny Machine Learning Open Education Intiative's AI and Machine Learning module Learning about ML and AI from Google

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Session specifications

Artificial Intelligence
Grade level:
Skill level:
Curriculum/district specialists, Library media specialists, Teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices useful
Attendee device specification:
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Subject area:
Computer science, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards:
For Students:
Digital Citizen
  • Students manage their personal data to maintain digital privacy and security and are aware of data-collection technology used to track their navigation online.
Computational Thinker
  • Students collect data or identify relevant data sets, use digital tools to analyze them, and represent data in various ways to facilitate problem-solving and decision-making.
Creative Communicator
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.