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A-I-A-I-Oh! Engaging AI Uses in Education


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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

Artificial Intelligence can be used in so many different ways in schools to improve teaching, learning, creativity, productivity, support, and more for educators and students. Explore dozens of uses for generative AI including support for reading, writing, daily tasks, tutoring, coding, conversations, feedback, and much more.

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is to inform educators about how generative AI tools such as ChatGPT and Google Bard can be used to improve teaching and learning.

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 AI tools and activities for:
Personal Tutoring
Routine Tasks

Attendees will be encouraged to try out the provided example prompts, consider how they can be used in their daily work, and share additional ideas and examples of AI use in schools.

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

Overview of AI Tools (5 minutes)
Brief introduction to generative AI and overview of AI tools available

AI Activities for Reading (10 minutes)
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

AI Activities for Writing (10 minutes)
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
Round Robin Writing with AI
Generate model writing for students to use as an exemplar
Generate flawed writing for students to critique

AI Activities for Conversation (10 minutes)
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

AI Activities for Feedback (5 minutes)
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

AI Activities for Personal Tutoring (5 minutes)
Explain topics at any level and depth
Explore topics to any depth and breadth
Help students work through a problem step by step
Provide students with essay or knowledge questions, and feedback on the student response

AI Activities for YouTube (5 minutes)
Analyze a video transcript and create study guides, summaries, and more

AI Activities for Routine Tasks (10 minutes)
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

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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
Participant accounts, software and other materials:
Attendees would benefit from access to AI chat tools such as ChatGPT and Google Bard.
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.