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ISTE's AI Explorations Educator Forum

Colorado Convention Center, Four Seasons Ballroom 4

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Dawson County High School
Pam Amendola is an Apple Distinguished Educator with a focus on integrating AI literacy into ELA classes. Passionate about discovering how AI fits into the future of education, Amendola's research is centered on developing methods which educate students to be prepared with skills to be successful for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
CEO / Educational Consultant
The Block Uncarved
ISTE Certified Educator
Nancye Blair Black is an ISTE-certified educator, renowned 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 and a TC Games Research Lab leader. She's completing her doctoral degree in Instructional Technology at Teachers College 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.
Technology Teacher
Wanaque Borough Public Schools
SFPS/Walden and Antioch Universities
Dr. Jackie Gerstein teaches gifted education at two Title 1 schools within Santa Fe Public Schools; and graduate-level online courses for Walden and Antioch Universities.  She is the author of the book, Learning in the Making: How to Plan, Execute, and Assess Powerful Makerspace Lessons, published by ASCD.  Jackie believes that one of the roles and responsibilities of the 21st century educator is to share resources, ideas, and instructional strategies with other educators. As such, she tweets @jackiegersten and blogs at
Lead Coordinator for Inst Tech Programs
Laurie Guyon is the Lead Coordinator for Instructional Technology Programs at WSWHE BOCES in Saratoga Springs, New York. She is the Capital Region Director and a trainer for The New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education (NYSCATE). Laurie is also an adjunct professor for SUNY Plattsburgh, where she teaches Digital Age Learning in the CAS SBL program. She is the author of SMILE Learning: Leveraging the Power of Educational Technology. Laurie also cohosts a Podcast called SMILE Factor.
Secondary Instructional Coordinator
Anna ISD
Cindy Lewis M.Ed. is an educator and presenter who is passionate about finding ways to help students shine. She loves learning, connecting with others, and serving. She is currently serving as a Secondary Social Studies & World Languages Instructional Coordinator. She has had the blessing of teaching various grades Pre-K through 12 and has learned there are two principles that help teachers at any level: students want to be heard and students want to be loved. Recently, a part of her career focus has been on English language learners, gifted and talented students, AI, and instructional technology.
Director, Asia Affairs
Annie partnered on behalf of ISTE with leading international school solution providers, innovative schools, and teaching colleges in Asia to localize ISTE resources. Annie supported the release of the ISTE Standards in mandarin with support from Beijing Normal University. Annie also leads projects with UNESCO, General Motors, and other leading edtechs, schools, and non-profit organizations to promote ISTE conferences and professional development services. Annie Ning holds a master's degree of science in education from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.
Digital Learning Specialist
Aldine Independent School District
Teacher on Special Assignment
Garden Grove Unified School District
Hue-An Wren is an Instructional Technology TOSA at GGUSD. Prior to that she was an elementary teacher for 12 years. She also teaches in the Masters program at Cal State Fullerton specializing in Educational Technology. She belongs to a number of edtech communities, including Google Certified Innovator, Common Sense Media Ambassador, Book Creator Ambassador, and Seesaw Ambassador. Hue-An earned her doctorate in Learning Technologies from Pepperdine University while focusing on literacy in online spaces.
#TheRealCareerUpgrade - Former District Technology Coordinator now classroom teacher, Brandie is a STEM Educator for a micro-school in Norfolk, Virginia. Brandie strives to bring the highest level of engagement, innovation, and creativity to her learners. Her passion projects include working with Amazon Future Engineer: Your Voice Is Power, ProjectSTEM, Coding Club for Girls with ImagiLabs and Black Girls Code, and partnering with local innovation labs and organizations for community learning experiences. Brandie is also an Instructional Coach for the ISTE-GM AI Explorations Course and a member of the Cult of Pedagogy Tech Guide Team.

Session description

Interested in AI in the classroom? Then this is the place to be! Join other teachers and coaches to discover cutting-edge AI applications in education, explore powerful strategies for student-driven AI projects, and discuss the burning questions about AI and education on every educator's mind right now. Presented by ISTE's AI Explorations program, these innovative educators and AI education leaders will facilitate an incredible, interactive learning event designed with classroom educators in mind!

Purpose & objective

Today’s headlines are filled with references to technologies like deepfakes, Dall-E 2, and ChatGPT - all of which are AI innovations that are quickly changing the world - and the educational landscape. Innovative K-12 educators and education leaders have used AI tools to improve efficiency and instruction, as well as to empower students to think critically, create, and be more career ready. Of course, AI also creates new issues, prompting us to rethink instruction, assessment, equity, and digital literacy. This forum for teachers, coaches, and other educators will tackle 2024's hottest topics and biggest questions around AI and education.

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This session will feature an innovative and interactive approach to a multi-presenter session, giving both presenters and attendees the opportunity to interact and respond to various issues surrounding AI education.
1. Getting Started: Introduction of presenters & welcome from ISTE and GM.
2. Take a Closer Look: The meat of the session will explore hot topics in AI education through a series of critical questions, using storytelling, demonstrations, student work, and other strategies to bring current issues to life.
3. Wrapping Up: Audience Q&A, Final thoughts from fellows, and Resource share.
This session is developed and presented in collaboration with select educators and education leaders from the ISTE-GM AI Explorations program.

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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:
Coaches, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Attendee devices:
Devices useful
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Subject area:
Computer science, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards:
For Educators:
  • Shape, advance and accelerate a shared vision for empowered learning with technology by engaging with education stakeholders.
  • Advocate for equitable access to educational technology, digital content and learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of all students.
  • Model for colleagues the identification, exploration, evaluation, curation and adoption of new digital resources and tools for learning.