Putting Educators and Students in the Driver's Seat
To prepare students for the careers of today — and tomorrow — educators must explore and integrate artificial intelligence (AI) into K-12 classrooms. AI is a critical element of any STEM curriculum. After all, it’s a technology that’s already making its way to classrooms in the form of adaptive software, recommendation engines and digital assistants. And generative technologies like ChatGPT, while causing a stir, present an opportunity to transform learning — as long as educators and learners discover how to strike the proper balance of risk vs. benefits.
Educators are the key to preparing students to thrive in a world where artificial intelligence is an integral part of their lives and careers. Over a thousand educators are already participating in ISTE-developed professional learning programs that provide training and resources to help students:
- Develop knowledge and skills about AI.
- Consider the capabilities, risks and ethical questions related to using AI.
- Explore AI solutions to problems in their communities.
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Free practical guides for engaging students in AI creation
The Hands-On AI Projects for the Classroom guides from ISTE and GM provide elementary, secondary, elective and computer science teachers with innovative curricular resources about AI across various grade levels and subject areas. Each guide includes background information and four student-driven projects that directly relate to subject area standards, while providing foundational learning on what AI is, how it works and how it impacts society.
With these hands-on projects, students work directly with innovative AI technologies, participate in “unplugged” activities and create various products – from designing chatbots to presentations to video games – to demonstrate their learning. These hands-on guides are available in English, Spanish and Arabic.
Artificial Intelligence Explorations and Their Practical Use in Schools unpacks everything educators need to know about bringing AI to the classroom. Sign up for the next course and find out how to earn graduate-level credit for completing the course.
The ISTE book Teaching AI: Exploring New Frontiers for Learning explores what AI is, how it works and how educators can use it to better prepare students for a world with increased human-computer interaction.
This special issue of the Journal of Research on Technology in Education (JRTE) focuses on the issues related to AI in education, including how AI can support teaching and learning, and how to handle ethical concerns.
Learn More From These Podcasts, Blog Posts, Case Studies and Websites
Case Studies: Bring AI to ClassDiscover how educators from Westville School District, The Dunham School, Hoover City Schools and Chillicothe Middle School designed projects to help learners understand and apply AI design concepts after participating in ISTE’s AI Explorations course, funded by General Motors.
Research Guide: AI is for Everyone, Everywhere!Featuring in-depth interviews with practitioners, guidelines for classroom teachers and a webinar about the importance of AI in education, this site provides K-12 educators with practical tools for integrating AI and computational thinking across their curricula.
Free AI CourseThis 15-hour, self-paced introduction to artificial intelligence is designed for students in grades 9-12. Educators and students should create a free account at P-TECH before viewing the course.