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Teach AI With Hands-On Activities for Every 6-12 Classroom


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The Block Uncarved
ISTE Certified Educator
Nancye Blair Black is an ISTE-certified educator, speaker, and consultant who cultivates dignity-driven instructional practices that empower educators, leaders, and students to succeed. Nancye is the author of nationally-implemented computer science curricula and several books, including Tablets in K-12 Education and the Hands-On AI Projects for the Classroom series. She is ISTE's AI Explorations Project Lead, ProjectSTEM's Director of Innovation, and a TC Games Research Lab leader. She's completing her doctoral degree in Instructional Technology at TC Columbia University. Talk to her about equity, AI, ISTE Cert, unique educational experiences, anything you're passionate about! @NancyeBlackEdu.
SJ Brooks-Young Consulting
Susan is an experienced teacher, site administrator, and technology specialist. She is an accomplished author who currently works with educators internationally, focusing on practical technology-based strategies for personal productivity and effective technology implementation in classrooms. Artificial Intelligence, media literacy skills, and social emotional learning are areas of particular interest for her.
Instructional Designer
Hello ISTE attendees! 🎉 With 15 years of teaching experience and now in my 4th year at New Mexico Connections Academy, a fully online school, I'm thrilled to share my passion for AI in education. As a Level 3 NM professional license holder with endorsements in TESOL, English Language Arts, Reading Specialist, and Technology Coordinator, I'm leveraging animated avatars and AI tools like ChatGPT and Canva to enhance student engagement. 🎓🎭🎨🎥 Join us to explore this transformative journey. Excited to inspire you with our innovative approach! 🚀🤖
Lead Digital Learning & Media Innovation Facilitator
Meadowview Magnet Middle School
Alicia is a veteran educator of 17 years in North Carolina. She has worked with students and teachers in prekindergarten through grade 8 as a classroom teacher, library media coordinator, digital learning coach, and a teacher of gifted students. Alicia earned a Master of Arts in Education in Instructional Technology and a Master of Library Science from East Carolina University. She loves exploring new technologies & helping teachers implement technology seamlessly. She is the author of Educational Eye Exam published by Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc in 2019. She has two daughters and two cats, and is a fierce advocate for Type 1 Diabetes research and innovation.
NM Connections Academy
I teach 8th-grade Language Arts in a virtual environment. I hold a B-3 early childhood and K-8 license with endorsements in ESL, gifted, and Reading. I am National Board Certified in Reading Literacy: Early to Middle Childhood. I have taught all grades Birth through 8th grade in various models including full inclusion, family school, IB school, multi-level classrooms, and now, virtual school. I believe in learning, using, and preparing students by keeping up with the latest technology so they can survive in life.

Session description

AI technologies are impacting every field, including science, writing, art and learning new languages. And all of today's students need to learn what AI is, how it works, and how it's changing their world in order to be digitally literate and career ready. In this poster, you'll learn from secondary educators from across the country as they share about the projects, activities and resources they use to teach students about artificial intelligence. From interactive middle school projects to online high school activities, attendees will leave with resources to engage middle and high school students across subject areas!

Purpose & objective

As AI technologies become more ubiquitous, students need to learn about AI to ensure they become thoughtful users, managers, and even creators of these powerful tools. This session is for all 6–12 educators, across subject areas and grade levels. Experienced teachers from across the country will share about the ways they are integrating lessons about AI into their curriculum - and demonstrate the powerful impact it is having on their students.

Attendees will also learn about the Hands-On AI Projects for the Classroom guides, which provide core subject, elective and computer science teachers with innovative curricular resources about AI across various grade levels and subject areas. The five free guides can be downloaded in English, Spanish, and Arabic. Each guide includes background information and student-driven projects that directly relate to subject area standards, providing foundational learning on what AI is, how it works and how it impacts society.

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This poster presentation will provide a great overview of the dynamic activities, projects, and materials shared by this educator team in the poster video and resources, including:
1. Welcome and Overview
2. Mini-presentations and Q&A with each educator presenter
3. Final thoughts and Closing

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Supporting research

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

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:
Teachers, Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists
Attendee devices:
Devices useful
Attendee device specification:
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Subject area:
Computer science, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards:
For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.
Computational Thinker
  • Students understand how automation works and use algorithmic thinking to develop a sequence of steps to create and test automated solutions.
For Educators:
  • Model for colleagues the identification, exploration, evaluation, curation and adoption of new digital resources and tools for learning.
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Canva for Education