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Innovation Slam: The Best of Generative AI for Teachers and Leaders

Colorado Convention Center, Bluebird Ballroom 3GH

Participate and share: Interactive session
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Instructional Software Specialist
Loudoun County Public Schools
Heather Hurley is a dedicated instructional technology leader with 32 years in education. She currently oversees educational technology onboarding and best practice guidance as Loudoun County Public Schools' Instructional Software Specialist. Previously, she held key roles in Arlington Public Schools, promoting learner-centered environments and technology integration, including a 1:1 iPad and STEAM program. Heather champions professional development and collaboration, having influenced diverse educational stakeholders. She contributes to the Virginia Society for Technology in Education and ISTELive24, and holds certifications as an ISTE Certified Educator, Google Certified Innovator, and Nearpod Certified Educator and Coach.
Managing Director, Innovation Strategy
International Society for Technology in Education
Dr. Tara Nattrass is Managing Director of Innovation Strategy at ISTE+ASCD ,collaborating with educators on reinventing learning with a focus on innovative programs, professional learning, emerging technologies, and cybersecurity. Prior to joining ISTE+ASCD, Tara served as Chief Education Innovation Strategist at Dell Technologies, consulting with educational leaders across districts and states and building meaningful partnerships with national organizations. Tara also spent over 20 years teaching and leading in school districts, including as Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning for Arlington Public Schools (VA). Tara earned a Doctorate in K-12 Educational Leadership and Policy from Vanderbilt University.

Session description

AI tools have proliferated — but which actually add value to the lives of students, teachers and leaders? Cut through the noise and gain from the knowledge of the room in this fast-paced, engaging session. Participants will share real, positive uses of AI tools — all in two-minute "slams."

Purpose & objective

Participants will:
- Identify a variety of AI tools and understand their specific use cases to adopt in their practice and share with colleagues/network
- Have the opportunity to share a particular use case of an AI tool that adds value to their work

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60 minutes
1. Opening (10) (Introductions; Explanation of demo slam format)
2. Demo Slam (40) (Participants are invited to share their AI tool for 1-3 minutes (with a 2-minute transition in between) - 5-10 presentations)
3. Closing (10) (Reflections: Participants review tools, share 1-3 tools/uses that they plan on leveraging in their work; Voting: participants vote on their favorite tools; Final resource sharing: participants will leave with deck full of tools shared along with additional curated resources)

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Session specifications

Artificial Intelligence
Skill level:
Curriculum/district specialists, Principals/head teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Attendee devices:
Devices useful
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: iOS, Windows, Android
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
ISTE Standards:
For Coaches:
Connected Learner
  • Pursue professional learning that deepens expertise in the ISTE Standards in order to serve as a model for educators and leaders.
For Education Leaders:
Connected Learner
  • Set goals to remain current on emerging technologies for learning, innovations in pedagogy and advancements in the learning sciences.
For Educators:
  • Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.