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The Bard's Tale: Google AI in Education

Pennsylvania Convention Center, Terrace Ballroom IV

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Technology Integration Specialist
Stark Portage Area Computer Consortium
Eric Curts is a veteran educator who currently serves as a Technology Integration Specialist for the Stark County Educational Service Center in Ohio where he oversees Google for Education implementation, training, and support, as well as other technology integration initiatives. Eric is an authorized Google for Education Trainer and Innovator, and provides training to schools, organizations, and conferences across the country. Eric runs the award-winning blog where all of his edtech resources can be found, and is the author of the book "Control Alt Achieve: Rebooting Your Classroom with Creative Google Projects".

Session description

Explore a wide range of Google tools that incorporate generative AI (and preview tools coming soon) including Bard and Google's AI integrations in Docs, Slides, Sheets, Gmail, Search and more! See how AI can be used by teachers and students, and discuss the benefits and challenges of AI in education.

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is to inform educators about the generative AI tools that Google has developed and how these tools can be used to improve teaching and learning, while addressing potential misuse of such technology.

This will be done primarily through hands-on demonstrations and explorations of these generative AI tools with practical examples of how they can be used in education. Examples of such uses will include:

Determine the reading level of a text
Rewrite the text at a lower reading level
Rewrite the text at a higher reading level
Summarize the text
Make a bullet point list of key points from the text
Identify potentially difficult words in the text and list them with definitions
Create comprehension questions and answers for the text
Create DOK-leveled questions from a text
Create extension activities for the text
Rewrite a text in a different style (genre, person, etc.) to help understand the content
Create a story with specific characters, items, and events, written at any reading level

Generate writing prompts for stories, essays, articles, and more
Generate story elements (names, places, items, etc.)
Generate images to illustrate a story the story a student writes
Generate main ideas to explore when writing about a topic
Generate model writing for students to use as an exemplar
Generate flawed writing for students to critique
Using speech-to-text for writing

Debate the AI on a topic, having the AI assume a particular position or personality
Speak to the AI as if the AI was a character from a book, person from history, in a certain job, in a different place, in a different time, an animal, or an object
Use AI to translate text, images, and speech to communicate with people speaking different languages

Evaluate student writing and provide feedback for how it can be improved
Get feedback on fluency when reading aloud
Get feedback on communication skills when speaking and presenting

Create code, even as simple as HTML code for embeddable games and activities for websites

Personal Tutor
Explain topics at any level and depth
Provide students with essay or knowledge questions, and feedback on the student response

Analyze a video transcript and create study guides, summaries, and more

Assist with writing emails in a variety of styles
Assist with writing lesson plans
Assist with writing newsletter content
Assist with creating assessments
Assist with creating rubrics

We will also explore potential challenges with AI in schools and ways that educators can help prevent and address misuse. Ideas we will explore include:
Educate students
Set clear expectations
Offer support
Assign diverse tasks
Encourage critical thinking
Encourage collaboration and peer review
Create AI-integrated assignments
Monitor AI usage
Use detection tools
Engage parents and guardians
Stay informed

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The session will cover the following information. Note: live links to the resources referenced below can be accessed at

1) Overview of AI (5 minutes)
Brief introduction to generative AI and overview of the many AI tools that Google has included in their products for many years leading up to generative AI

2) Current Google AI Tools (10 minutes)
Exploration and demonstration of the current wave of Google's generative AI tools including Bard and the AI integrations in Google Docs, Slides, Gmail, and more.

3) Upcoming Google AI Tools (5 minutes)
A brief preview of AI tools that Google has announced as coming soon.

4) Use for Google AI Tools in Education (25 minutes)
Deep dive into practical examples of how Google generative AI tools can be used for reading, writing, feedback, conversation, personalized help, coding, tasks, and more. These examples will be done hands-on and attendees will have access to all of the prompts used.

5) Addressing AI Misuse (15 minutes)
Exploration of the potential challenges with AI in education and what schools and educators can be doing to help address these concerns. We will explore ideas to help prevent misuse (policies, types of assignments, etc.) as well as procedures to help evaluate potential misuse (Version History and other detection tools).

Throughout the session, participants will be encouraged to test out each of these tools.

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Supporting research

Artificial intelligence in education is a new and rapidly growing field so there will be much research to come on this topic. However many of the AI uses I will be demonstrating in this session are backed by research. James Hattie's "Visible Learning" studies help identify the top positive influences on student achievement as detailed at
Some of the top positive influences that can be implemented and extended with AI include:
Help seeking
Outlining and summarizing
Self-directed learning
Technology with learning needs students
Intelligent tutoring systems
Technology in writing

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Session specifications

Artificial Intelligence
Grade level:
Skill level:
Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices useful
Attendee device specification:
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
ISTE Standards:
For Educators:
  • Model for colleagues the identification, exploration, evaluation, curation and adoption of new digital resources and tools for learning.
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
For Students:
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusions.