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Integrating Indigenous Pedagogies Into AI-Enhanced Classrooms

Colorado Convention Center, Bluebird Ballroom Lobby, Table 34

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Education Coordinator
Connected North
Katie Burch, an educator with twenty years of expertise, focuses on coaching instructional technology. She has dedicated a significant portion of her career to supporting First Nations education, actively collaborating with First Nations school boards. Katie champions inclusive and culturally responsive teaching techniques. In her role as the Education Coordinator at Connected North (Taking IT Global), she leverages her knowledge to empower educators and promote creative learning approaches within the realm of virtual education.
Director of Innovation
Michael Furdyk is the Co-founder of TakingITGlobal (, which provides innovative global education programs that empower youth to understand and act on the world's greatest challenges. TIG was awarded the 2013 Intercultural Innovation Award by BMW and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.
Connected North School Lead
Taking IT Global
Serei Jeppesen, a passionate Indigenous Educator, holds a Master's in Secondary Education, specializing in Indigenous Curriculum. With a focus on underserved rural communities and marginalized groups, Serei is committed to creating inclusive educational spaces. As a classroom teacher, they champion equitable learning opportunities. Serei's work centers on honoring Indigenous knowledge, traditions, and languages, fostering an environment where these perspectives thrive. Through dedication to educational equity and celebrating diversity, Serei Jeppesen embodies the transformative power of education.

Session description

Explore the vital connection between Indigenous knowledge and AI in education and get practical examples of AI-driven Indigenous content integration, find strategies to empower educators and learn ethical considerations. Join us to promote cultural diversity and equity in the classroom.

Purpose & objective

Participants in a session focused on reimagining learning by integrating AI-lesson plans with Indigenous pedagogies can expect to achieve several learning outcomes and develop specific skills. Here are the key areas of knowledge and skills that may be introduced and practiced during this session:

Understanding Indigenous Perspectives:
Participants will gain a deeper understanding of Indigenous perspectives, including cultural values, worldviews, and the importance of Indigenous knowledge systems.

Indigenous Stories and Narratives:
Participants will be introduced to Indigenous stories, legends, and narratives. They will learn how to incorporate these into lesson plans to engage students and promote cultural understanding.

Language Lessons:
Participants will have the opportunity to learn about Indigenous languages. They may be introduced to basic phrases, linguistic concepts, and resources for teaching Indigenous languages.

Historical Context:
Participants will explore the historical context of Indigenous communities, including their experiences, challenges, and resilience. This knowledge will help teachers provide accurate historical context in their lessons.

Integration of Indigenous Knowledge:
Participants will learn how to integrate Indigenous knowledge into their curriculum, aligning it with their subject matter. This includes creating lesson plans that incorporate Indigenous perspectives, contributions, and cultural practices.

AI Integration:
Participants will be introduced to the role of AI in education and how it can enhance teaching and learning. They may learn how to use AI tools and resources to support the integration of Indigenous content into their lessons.

Cultural Sensitivity and Respect:
Participants will develop cultural sensitivity and respect for Indigenous cultures. They will learn how to approach Indigenous topics with cultural humility, avoiding stereotypes and appropriation.

Teachers will gain skills in creating inclusive and diverse learning environments that honor Indigenous cultures. They will learn how to make their classrooms welcoming for Indigenous students and integrate diverse perspectives into their teaching.

Critical Thinking and Discussion:
Participants may engage in discussions and activities that promote critical thinking about Indigenous issues, fostering an environment where students can ask questions and explore complex topics.

Resource Identification:
Participants will learn about resources, such as books, websites, and community partnerships, that can support the integration of Indigenous content into their teaching.

Lesson Plan Development:
Teachers will practice developing lesson plans that incorporate AI and Indigenous pedagogies. They may work on practical exercises to create curriculum materials that align with their specific subject areas.

Student Engagement:
Participants will explore strategies for engaging students in learning about Indigenous cultures, ensuring that the lessons are engaging, relevant, and meaningful.

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I. Introduction
 • Opening remarks and session overview
 • Contextualizing Indigenous knowledge and AI in education
II. Significance of Indigenous Pedagogies in AI-Enhanced Education
 • Enriching learning experiences
 • Respecting cultural diversity
 • Historical context of Indigenous education
 • AI's role in preserving Indigenous knowledge
III. Practical Examples
 • Personalized lesson recommendations
 • Language revitalization with AI
 • Collaborative community projects
IV. Empowering Educators
 • Professional development
 • Creating inclusive classrooms
 • The role of Indigenous educators
V. Addressing Ethical Considerations
 • Avoiding cultural appropriation
 • Community engagement and consent
 • Data sovereignty and ownership
VI. Q&A and Discussion
 • Engaging the audience
 • Addressing questions and concerns
 • Encouraging dialogue
VII. Conclusion
 • Key takeaways
 • Encouraging AI integration with Indigenous perspectives
 • Providing resources for further learning
 • Promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in education through AI-enhanced Indigenous pedagogies.

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Supporting research

Here are some sources and recognized experts that support the importance of integrating Indigenous pedagogies into AI-enhanced classrooms:

"Artificial Intelligence in Education: Building Learning Systems that Care" by Benedict du Boulay, Klaus Eyferth, and Roberto Legaz-Arrese.
"Indigenous Research Methodologies" by Bagele Chilisa.

National Indian Education Association (NIEA): An organization that advocates for Native education and provides resources on Indigenous pedagogies.
National Center for AI in Education: A research center focused on AI in education, which often explores the intersection with culturally responsive teaching.

Dr. Cornel Pewewardy: An Indigenous scholar known for his work in Indigenous education and cultural revitalization.
Dr. Janine Pease: A prominent educator and advocate for Indigenous education.
Dr. Marie Battiste: A renowned Mi'kmaw educator and researcher, known for her work on Indigenous knowledge systems and education in Canada.
Dr. Vianne Timmons: A prominent Indigenous educator and President and Vice-Chancellor of Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Indigenous Knowledge Sources:
Worked directly with Indigenous communities, elders, and knowledge keepers for authentic perspectives and guidance on integrating Indigenous pedagogies

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Session specifications

Artificial Intelligence
Grade level:
Skill level:
Curriculum/district specialists, Professional developers, Teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices useful
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Subject area:
Career and technical education, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards:
For Educators:
  • Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
  • Create experiences for learners to make positive, socially responsible contributions and exhibit empathetic behavior online that build relationships and community.
  • Demonstrate cultural competency when communicating with students, parents and colleagues and interact with them as co-collaborators in student learning.