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.

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.

Elementary Educator Guides




Secondary Educator Guides




Elective Educator Guides




Computer Science Educator Guides




AI Ethics Guides






AI is for Everyone, Everywhere. Check here for AI education stories and resources.



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 15-hour self-paced, introduction to artificial intelligence is designed for students in grades 9-12. Educators and students can create a free account at P-TECH, then view the course directly here.

Case Studies: How Educators Are Applying AI in the Classroom

Read about four student-driven projects that help learners understand and apply computational thinking and AI design concepts. Each project was designed by a teacher who participated in ISTE’s AI Explorations course, funded by General Motors.


Case Study: Westville School District

Case Study: The Dunham School

Case Study: Hoover City Schools

Case Study: Chillicothe Middle School


Learn More From These Articles, Podcasts, Blog Posts and Websites


Podcast: Better Representation in Artificial Intelligence Starts Early

One of the challenges with bias in AI comes down to who has access to these careers in the first place, and that's the area that Tess Posner, CEO of the nonprofit AI4All, is trying to address.


Blog: Teaching Kids What AI Is (and Isn't)

To learn how to spot where and how AI is working in their lives, students need to be able to think critically about artificial intelligence — to become AI detectives.


Blog: Building AI: When Student Creators Meet Artificial Intelligence, Sparks Fly

Students can use artificial intelligence to create in all sorts of new ways, from animating videos to composing symphonies.


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.


Open-Source Library: TensorFlow

This platform for machine learning has a comprehensive ecosystem of tools, libraries and community resources to build and deploy applications powered by machine learning.


Lesson Plans: Microsoft Education

Find free ready-made STEM lessons that allow students to explore the topics they are curious about — from sharks and circuits to life aboard the International Space Station.