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Ready or Not, AI is Here: How K-12 Schools Should Respond

Wed., November 01, 2023, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
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Ever since ChatGPT burst onto the scene late last year, educators have been grappling with the implications of artificial intelligence for teaching and learning. Some worry about rampant cheating now that Chatbots can write an essay on the causes of the Civil War that sounds eerily similar to something a human could produce. Others wonder how to teach math in a world where AI-powered tools can solve complex equations in seconds.

In fact, nearly half of educators who responded to a recent EdWeek Research Center survey said AI would have a negative impact on teaching and learning in the next five years. Just over a quarter predicted AI’s impact would be positive. Some districts have banned the technology altogether, even as others are starting new AI literacy initiatives to help students understand both its power and its limitations.

How can schools prepare students for an economy where AI can perform many of the job tasks humans now do? What’s the potential of AI to tailor instruction for individual students? And can notoriously slow-to-change K-12 systems move quickly enough to keep up with the rapid evolution of this game-changing technology?

This webinar will explore those big questions, with expertise from district leaders who have been ahead of the curve on AI literacy and experts who study the technology. They will puncture some of the myths about AI, as well as offer practical tips for using the technology to enable student learning.

Pam Amendola
Apple Distinguished Educator, Apple Learning Coach, Certified Journalism Educator
Pam Amendola is an author, editor, high school literature and journalism teacher who teaches with a focus on integrating foundational AI knowledge into her ELA classroom and maximizing creative strategies for high student engagement. She completed her educational credentials at the University of Georgia with a BS.Ed. and M.Ed. in English Education and an Ed.S. in Learning, Design, and Technology. Recently, Amendola earned the Apple Distinguished Educator designation where she is writing her second book titled, “AI is Aiverywhere.” Her sixteen years as a classroom teacher have been focused on preparing students for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Her role as an educator is to provide an environment where students can explore and learn new skills that enable artificial intelligence to bridge the gap between traditional curriculum as well as enable guidance for students in their journey to become critical thinkers.
Dr. Stacy Hawthorne
Chief Academic Officer, Learn21
Learn21’s Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Stacy Hawthorne, has over a decade of experience designing, implementing, and supporting digital learning. In recognition of her work in the field she was recognized by CoSN with an Impact 30 Award in 2023. She has experience as a teacher, online school director, district technology leader, and on the industry side of education. Stacy serves as an ISTE Community Leader, is on the CoSN’s Driving K-12 Innovation Advisory Board, and co-chairs the CoSN Edtech Innovations Committee.
Kris Hagel
Executive Director of Digital Learning, Peninsula School District
Kris Hagel is a seasoned education leader with 24 years of experience in the K-12 EdTech. Kris is driven to ensure that all learners can use the technological solutions they need in whatever manner best supports their goals and aspirations. Skilled in technology architecture and adept at envisioning solutions to problems that require innovative thinking, leveraging a mix of best practices and cutting-edge possibilities. Currently serving as the Executive Director of Digital Learning, Kris co-led the transition of several departments into a centralized department of Learning & Innovation and played a key role in implementing MTSS and Universal Design for Learning instructional initiatives. Kris also now leads the departments of communications and school safety/security.
Alyson Klein
Assistant Editor, Education Week
Alyson Klein is a veteran education writer who has covered K-12 schools for more than a dozen years. She covers the latest developments in educational technology, including topics such personalized learning, data privacy, digital curricula, cybersecurity, and teacher professional development. She is also the lead writer for Technology Counts, Education Week’s annual report about the state of educational technology.
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