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The 'Gem in AI' - Google AI Tools for Education

Colorado Convention Center, Bluebird Ballroom 2BC

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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 including Google Gemini, NotebookLM, Search Generative Experience, integrations in Docs, Slides, Sheets, Gmail, Search and more! See how these tools 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.

During the session we will explore:
Classic AI tools from Google
New AI tools from Google
This will include a deep drive into Google Bard, all of its features, and practical ideas for how it can be used for teaching and learning.
This will also explore Google's AI integrations in Search and browsing, Google's NotebookLM tool, Google's Duet AI integrations for Docs, Slides, Sheets, Gmail, and more.
Upcoming AI tools from Google
Google tools to help address AI concerns

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

Classic Google AI Tools - 5 minutes
Here we will do a brief exploration of previous AI tools from Google such as Docs Voice Typing, automatic captioning, Read Along, Google Lens, AutoDraw, Smart Reply, Smart Compose, Translate, and more.

New Google AI Tools

Google Bard - 25 minutes
We will do a deep dive into Google Bard, exploring all of its tools and features.This will include prompting, multiple drafts, text to speech, use of images, double-check results tool, sharing and exporting (public link, Docs, Gmail, etc.), modifying responses, pinning conversations, resuming conversations, extensions (Gmail, Docs, Drive, Maps, etc.), and more. Throughout this portion the examples used will be practical ways that educators can use Google Bard for daily tasks, teaching, learning, and more.

Google AI in Search - 5 minutes
Here we will explore the integration of AI in Google Search and in Chrome web browsing. Examples will include using AI to get summaries of web pages and additional research resources.

NotebookLM - 5 minutes
Here we will explore Google's NotebookLM tool that can be used with your own collection of files in Google Drive to get summaries and ask questions about your own content.

Duet AI for Workspace - 10 minutes
Here we will explore the Duet AI integration for Google Workspace which brings AI tools to Docs, Slides, Sheets, Meet, Gmail, and more. Examples will include using AI in Docs for brainstorming, co-writing, feedback, and more, using AI in Slides to generate images, and more.

Note: There will likely be more developments in Google AI tools by the conference, so the topics covered will update to include any new tools and features at that time.

Upcoming Google AI Tools - 5 minutes
Here we will explore details on Google AI tools that have been announced but not yet available to understand what new AI tools are coming soon for schools.

Google Tools to Address AI Concerns - 5 minutes
We will conclude by exploring Google tools that can help address AI concerns. This will include Docs Version History to help evaluate student writing for originality, as well as Bard's double-check feature to evaluate the authenticity of AI generated facts.

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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.