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AI & Edtech Power Hour: Turbocharged Tools for Every Subject and Grade

Colorado Convention Center, 111/13

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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".
Cool Cat Teacher Blog
Vicki Davis is a 22-year classroom teacher and Instructional Technology Coach in Albany, Georgia. She blogs at the Cool Cat Teacher Blog and hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast, where she interviews extraordinary educators about their best practices to reach every child. Vicki has authored multiple books, including Reinventing Writing and Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds, and is co-winner of ISTE's Online Learning Award 2006. While many awards are treasures, the best award came in 2023 as she was named STAR Teacher for her school, area, and district by her computer science and film student, Eric.
Author | Speaker | Consultant
Jaime Donally is an emerging technology enthusiast. She began her career as a math teacher and later moved into instructional technology. Her desire to build relationships has created opportunities to collaborate with students and educators around the world. She provides staff development and training on immersive technology as an edtech consultant, and her latest adventures include Global Maker Day and #ARVRinEDU events. She’s also an author and speaker on the practical use of augmented reality and virtual reality in the classroom.
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Alice Keeler is an edtech expert. Blogger at Author of 8 books including "50 Ways to Engage Students with Google Apps." Google Developer Expert for Google Workspace.
Spanish and STEAM Teacher, Consultant
Rivervew Junior Senior High School
ISTE Certified Educator
Dr. Rachelle Dené Poth is a STEAM and Spanish teacher, author, consultant, attorney and presenter. An ISTE Certified Educator, Poth holds a Juris Doctor from Duquesne University School of Law and doctorate in instructional technology. Poth is the author of nine books. She’s past president of ISTE TEN, recipient of ISTE Making IT Happen Award, named one of 30 K-12 IT Influencers for 2021, the 2017 Outstanding Teacher of the Year by PAECT, and one of NSBA's “20 to Watch” educators. She writes for Edutopia, Getting Smart, Defined Learning, and hosts the “ThriveinEDU” podcast.
Group Product Manager
Mike Tholfsen is a Group Product Manager on the Microsoft Education team focusing on Teams for Education, AI, Learning Accelerators, Immersive Reader and OneNote Class Notebooks. He is passionate about inclusive education and has been regularly working with students and teachers around the world over the past ten years to create products that improve student outcomes.
Victoria Thompson is a Customer Success Account Manager Microsoft and education technology consultant from Winter Garden, FL. She is passionate about empowering teachers and students to use technology purposefully and leads professional development for technology integration in math education, STEM curriculum, using technology to create inclusive classrooms, and media literacy. During her free time you can find her at Walt Disney World with her wife, Kourtney, or taking her dog, Ren, on a walk.

Session description

Discover transformative AI and Edtech tools across subjects and grade levels in this fast-paced, interactive panel. Led by educators known for sharing, we'll spotlight practical applications and innovative pedagogies to engage all learners. Leave with a toolkit of resources to energize your classroom and enhance student outcomes.

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this high-energy panel is to equip educators from all subject areas and grade levels with a diverse set of AI and EdTech tools to enhance teaching and learning. The session aims to address the challenge of keeping up with rapidly evolving educational technologies and how to integrate them effectively into various educational settings.


By the end of this session, participants will:

Be Introduced to a Range of Tools and AI prompts: Gain exposure to a wide variety of AI and EdTech tools applicable to different subjects and grade levels.

Understand Practical Applications: Learn specific ways these tools can be used to meet educational objectives and diverse learning needs.
Develop an Action Plan: Be equipped with resources to implement at least one new tool or strategy in their educational setting immediately following the session.

Educational Challenge:

The fast pace of EdTech development can make it difficult for educators to stay updated and understand how to integrate these tools effectively across different subjects and grade levels. Additionally, educators need examples of effective AI prompts and how they can interact with the tools they already use to work more efficiently.

Technology Intervention:

The panel will feature a "smackdown" style presentation of various tools and AI prompts, both well-known and emerging. Specific tools will be named and described, ensuring participants understand their application and utility.

Models Employed:
The session will employ a rapid-fire, interactive panel discussion model, allowing for maximum exposure to a variety of tools and strategies in a limited time.

Instructional Activities:
The panel will use real-world examples, case studies, AI prompts, and live demos (via gifs or short videos) to illustrate the utility of each tool.

Evidence of Success:
Previous iterations of this panel format have received high attendee engagement and post-session implementation of discussed tools, as evidenced by participant feedback and social media engagement.

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Introduction and Contextualization (5 minutes)
Brief introduction of panelists and their expertise
Overview of session purpose and objectives
Explanation of the interactive backchannel for audience participation

In the Classroom Tools (with a variety of grade levels) - 35 minutes
each presenter will share for 5 minutes in a fast-paced sharing format.

Productivity tools for educators (a variety of roles will be shared) - 14 minutes
Each presenter will share for 2 minutes in a fast-paced sharing format.

Conclusion and Takeaways (5 minutes)
Summary of key points
Next steps and how to access shared resources
Mention of the prompt document shared by the panelists
Final remarks and thank you

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Supporting research

Center for Integrative Research in Computing and Learning Services, Washington, DC, 2023.

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology, Artificial Intelligence and
Future of Teaching and Learning: Insights and Recommendations, Washington, DC, 2023.

Curts, Eric, "Control Alt Achieve: Rebooting Your Classroom with Creative Google Projects"

Donally, Jaime. “The Immersive Classroom: Create Customized Learning Experiences with AR/VR” International Society for Technology in Education. 9 Mar 2021.

Keeler, Alice "50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom" and "50 Things To Go Further With Google Classroom, A Student-Centered Approach"

Davis, Vicki. "Using AI to Encourage Productive Struggle in Math." Edutopia, 21 Sept. 2023, Accessed 25 Sept. 2023.

Lindsay, Julie and Vicki Davis. Flattening Classrooms Engaging Minds: Move to Global Collaboration ONe Step at a Time. Pearson Publishing. 2013.

Tholfsen, Mike. YouTube Channel with 130K subscribers on “how to” videos showcasing Microsoft Products.

Poth, Rachelle Dene. “Connected Teaching and Pedagogy.” Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education. Vol 35. Issue 3. 3 July 2019., p 124-125

AI Education Course from Microsoft. This free course discusses things every educator should know about AI and includes many of the concepts discussed in this session:

NAESP - 5 Strategies for Success in Bringing AI to Schools - AI Resources

Patent held by Mike Tholfsen. Conversion of Text to Speech pronunciation outputs of hyperarticulated vowels, US 10923105 · Issued Feb 16, 2021

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Session specifications

Online tools, apps & resources
Grade level:
Skill level:
Teachers, Teacher education/higher ed faculty, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Attendee devices:
Devices useful
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials:
Web browser
Subject area:
ELL, Math
ISTE Standards:
For Education Leaders:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Ensure all students have access to the technology and connectivity necessary to participate in authentic and engaging learning opportunities.
For Educators:
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.
  • Provide alternative ways for students to demonstrate competency and reflect on their learning using technology.
Additional detail:
Session will be simulcast live
The submitter of this session has been supported by a company whose product is being included in the session
Related exhibitors:
Quizizz Inc.