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  • 1.  Do you have experience with artificial intelligence?

    Posted 10-12-2017 12:38
    The next EdTechNext report is focusing on artificial intelligence. These reports focus on exciting, new technological trends that are impacting learning and teaching. We would love to find examples of how artificial intelligence is currently impacting learning in the classrooms from practitioners' perspectives. Please share your examples and include specific projects and contact information.

    Many thanks in advance for your help!

    Marci Giang
    Director of Professional Advancement
    Consortium for School Networking
    (202) 470-2779

  • 2.  RE: Do you have experience with artificial intelligence?

    Posted 10-12-2017 13:05
    Today's e-school news had an article on Watson:">

  • 3.  RE: Do you have experience with artificial intelligence?

    Posted 10-13-2017 15:56
    Do you have a working definition of 'Artificial Intelligence?"

    Gordon Dahlby
    Senior Fellow, Center for Digital Education

  • 4.  RE: Do you have experience with artificial intelligence?

    Posted 10-14-2017 09:22
    here is the definition of Artificial Intelligence in the 2017 Horizon K-12 report.  The CoSN ET Committee is just starting on our new EdTechNext report:

    Artificial Intelligence
    Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Four to Five Years
    In the field of artificial intelligence (AI), computer
    science is being leveraged to create intelligent
    machines that more closely resemble humans in
    their functions. Among other facets, AI encompasses
    machine learning, in which computers' capacities
    for making decisions and predictions are informed
    through exposure to massive data sets, and natural
    language processing, which aims to help humans
    interact with machines similarly to how they interact
    with each other. These capabilities are driving a host
    of developments in industries including health care,
    financial services, and education. AI applications
    have the potential to positively impact teaching and
    learning by enhancing students' metacognition,
    providing insights into effective pedagogies, and
    relieving instructors of tedious tasks. As underlying
    technologies continue to develop and become
    ubiquitous, it will be important for educators to expose
    students to AI to prepare them for workforce changes
    and to apply critical thinking to ethical questions
    arising from AI use.

    International Data Corporation, a market analysis firm,
    has forecast that global revenues from AI solutions will
    jump from $8 billion in 2016 to over $47 billion by 2020.
    AI is poised to impact many aspects of modern life; for
    example, IBM's Watson for Drug Discovery used machine
    learning to expedite identification of genes related
    to ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Further,
    driverless cars powered by AI technology could lead to
    decreased deaths on roadways and alter decisions about
    where people live in relation to their workplaces.
    Because of AI's potential for profound disruption to
    societies, the European Economic and Social Committee
    (EESC) recently recommended that the EU should create
    ethical guidelines and labor strategies to be adopted
    across its member states. The EESC also called for the
    development of a European open-source infrastructure
    to promote accessibility and sustainability in future AI
    AI systems accomplish tasks and make decisions based
    on inferences drawn from machine learning or from
    consumption and processing of massive data sets.
    Researchers at Princeton University and the University of
    Bath have shown that AI can learn and adopt racial and
    gender prejudices from data sets composed of humangenerated
    text. They also found that Google Translate
    exhibited gender biases - when translating Turkish
    sentences with gender-neutral pronouns into English,
    the software dispensed "He is a doctor" and "She is a
    nurse." These findings indicate a need for continued
    attention to ethics in AI development; further, educators
    can use these findings to spur conversations in the
    classroom around psychology and design thinking in
    technology. Universities are leading the charge on
    investigating the application of AI to positively influence
    society; UC Berkeley's Center for Human-Compatible
    Artificial Intelligence seeks to design AI to reflect human
    values, while USC's Center on Artificial Intelligence for
    Social Solutions brings together scientists and social
    workers to apply AI in addressing pervasive social
    Many children are encountering AI in the home in
    the form of virtual assistants such as Amazon's Alexa,
    Microsoft's Cortana, and Google Home. While the
    implications for children's social development and
    language skills as they interact with artificially intelligent
    objects are not yet known, the landscape continues
    to evolve as the technologies advance. For example,
    scientists at Tsinghua University in Beijing and the
    University of Illinois have developed the Emotional
    Chatting Machine, a chatbot that provides empathetic
    responses to user input according to the user's selected
    mood. This development holds potential for future AI
    to assist in teaching children with autism spectrum
    disorders about social interactions. These capabilities
    may also impact the next generation of AI-enabled
    digital assistants and interactive products.
    Relevance for Teaching, Learning, or
    Creative Inquiry
    In the consumer sector, Facebook has articulated that
    today's AI technologies cannot adequately remove hate
    speech from the platform, citing the complexities of
    contextual assessment that still require human work.
    In the same vein, current iterations of AI in education are
    not yet equipped to supplant teachers' roles in building
    complex skills including critical thinking, empathy, and
    creativity - crucial outcomes further discussed in the
    Deeper Learning Approaches section of this report. AI can
    extend teachers' abilities to foster collaborative learning
    environments; a report from education company
    Pearson and University College London describes the
    possibilities of virtual agents facilitating and moderating
    students' small-group discussions. Machine learning can also assess learner progress, providing students with
    insights that promote self-awareness and self-directed
    inquiry. Additionally, educators can utilize AI software
    for rote, administrative tasks such as grading, allowing
    more time to focus on curriculum development and
    student needs.
    Data from AI technologies can illuminate patterns to
    help educators improve their pedagogies. For example,
    students at Pakeman Primary School in London are paired
    with math tutors based in India and Sri Lanka through
    Third Space Learning, an online platform. AI capabilities
    in the platform's software monitor the lessons and
    provide instructors with real-time alerts if they speak too
    quickly or fail to allow time for questions. The company
    is collaborating with University College London
    scientists to identify successful teaching strategies
    using AI. Additionally, machine learning can enable
    the personalization of instruction, while teachers
    can gain insight into individual learners' journeys to
    find where they struggle. The Gwinnett County Public
    Schools in Georgia are piloting the Vocabulary Learning
    App, a program in which learners build language skills
    through activities featuring Sesame Street characters.
    The app uses IBM Watson's AI technologies including
    natural language processing and pattern recognition to
    customize the pace of lessons for each student. Teachers
    can monitor learners' progress through an instructor
    A professor at Carnegie Mellon University has noted
    that some school districts lack resources to update
    computer science curricula to prepare students for an AIenabled
    workforce, while other educators have not been
    adequately trained to integrate AI into the classroom.
    One solution is incorporating AI elements into preservice
    teacher training. First Class is a virtual classroom
    environment developed at Pennsylvania State University.
    Pre-service teachers can interact with AI-enabled
    "students" to test out teaching strategies and build skill
    sets to keep learners engaged. The AI capabilities allow
    future teachers to monitor virtual students' attention
    levels and responses to actions such as addressing
    learners by name. These simulations will better prepare
    pre-service teachers for the classroom and provide initial
    exposure to AI in an educational setting.
    Artificial Intelligence in Practice
    The following links provide examples of artificial
    intelligence in use that have direct implications for K–12
    education settings:
    3 Ways G Suite Updates Use Machine Intelligence to
    Make Classrooms More Efficient
    Google has streamlined G Suite features to save teachers
    time and to ease learning for students. For example, the
    Explore feature in Google Sheets uses natural language processing to create formulas using students' plain-text
    IBM Watson's Chief Architect Talks Democratizing AI,
    Starting with Fifth Graders
    An IBM executive works with a team of fifth-grade
    girls in Westchester, New York, on AI challenges for
    competitions. The group recently designed a device that
    uses IBM Watson technology to deter birds from flying
    into glass buildings by identifying the birds' species and
    emitting predator calls.
    Robot in the Classroom: AI to Sit This Year's Gaokao
    AI-MATHS, an artificial intelligence system developed in
    Chengdu, China, will take the National College Entrance
    Exam, or Gaokao. By assessing its performance in
    applying the boundaries of the written questions to the
    math problems, researchers hope to better understand
    how to continue development of the system's natural
    language processing.
    For Further Reading
    The following articles and resources are recommended
    for those who wish to learn more about artificial
    Artificial Intelligence Enters the Classroom
    (Nigel Roberts, NewsOne, February 2017.) While AIenabled
    platforms are providing data on student
    performance, not all learners have access to these
    technologies in the classroom. Educators who serve
    low-income students and students of color often do not
    utilize AI and other technologies due to districts' lack of
    funding or because their students cannot access highspeed
    internet at home.
    Artificial Intelligence in Schools Is Closer Than You
    (Christine Nasserghodsi, Forbes, 17 February 2017.) The
    full integration of AI in schools could mean a reimagined
    approach to a typical school day. The technology will
    power adaptive learning programs, constantly updated
    content, high-touch personalization, and more.
    Top Nine Ethical Issues in Artificial Intelligence
    (Julia Bossman, World Economic Forum, 21 October
    2016.) Emerging AI technologies are bringing ethical
    issues to light. This article examines questions around
    unemployment, wealth inequality, and prejudices in
    machine learning.

    Keith Krueger
    Chief Executive Officer
    Consortium for School Networking
    Washington DC
    (202) 861-2676

  • 5.  RE: Do you have experience with artificial intelligence?

    Posted 10-14-2017 16:57

    Gordon Dahlby
    Senior Fellow, Center for Digital Education

  • 6.  RE: Do you have experience with artificial intelligence?

    Posted 10-14-2017 12:41
    Yes, for the time being, we're using the Wikipedia definition:

    In computer science, AI research is defined as the study of "intelligent agents": any device that perceives its environment and takes actions that maximize its chance of success at some goal.[1] Colloquially, the term "artificial intelligence" is applied when a machine mimics "cognitive" functions that humans associate with other human minds, such as "learning" and "problem solving".

    Anton Inglese
    Chief Financial Officer
    Batavia Public Schools
    Batavia IL
    (630) 937-8833

  • 7.  RE: Do you have experience with artificial intelligence?

    Posted 10-14-2017 16:55
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    Gordon Dahlby
    Senior Fellow, Center for Digital Education

  • 8.  RE: Do you have experience with artificial intelligence?

    Posted 10-15-2017 10:35
    No examples currently, but had a conversation last week with a technology leader who stated they believed in the next decade, IT will become responsible for the AIs used by organizations.  Note he said plural.  Made me wonder how we start building learning for our staff around Ai.


    Steven Langford
    Chief Information Officer
    Beaverton School District
    Beaverton OR
    (503) 758-3693

  • 9.  RE: Do you have experience with artificial intelligence?

    Posted 10-30-2017 09:52

    Hello Marci! Lubbock ISD has partnered with IBM to implement the Watson Classroom. We are in the user acceptance testing phase and should be live in a month.  Not sure what your timeline is but in January we'll be able to share more about teacher's usage experience.

    The product has a lot of capabilities to help teachers and the AI portion provides individualized student information to teachers for use in the classroom (element) and planning (enlight).

    With enough data the product can predict what concepts students will master or struggle with, identify any precursors the student missed or needs, recommend resources to use for the student, and spotlights behavior trends. 

    Preparing individualized learning plans for every student is not feasible in most cases. This product can provide one pane of glass that brings the data from all our systems and make recommendations on which resources to use for teaching a concept saving teachers a tremendous amount of time.

    Steven had a great question about staff learning around AI. When school districts implement AI products, they will need to be fed data from our respective systems. Our experience has been staff won't directly develop or work on the AI product but will interface systems and applications to it. We're not escaping the nightly FTP uploads yet!

    Damon Jackson
    Lubbock ISD
    Lubbock TX
    (806) 219-0150

  • 10.  RE: Do you have experience with artificial intelligence?

    Posted 10-31-2017 12:31
    Hi Marci,

    Vancouver Public Schools is also partnering with IBM to implement Watson Classroom.  We will go live in February!  We are in the process of connecting our information systems so Watson has data to work with.  We are excited to see how this technology emerges over time.  The immediate benefit is Watson will help teachers understand the data regarding student progress.  This function alone, although there are many others, will help teachers differentiate for students.

    Christina Iremonger Vancouver Public Schools
    Chief Digital Officer
    Vancouver School District
    Vancouver WA
    (360) 313-1100

  • 11.  RE: Do you have experience with artificial intelligence?

    Posted 11-01-2017 13:05
    Hi Marci- Hall Davidson from Discovery has been doing a lot of research in this space as well- you might want to reach out to him. (

    Paige Johnson
    K-12 Education Solutions Specialist, Inc.
    (503) 320-1616

  • 12.  RE: Do you have experience with artificial intelligence?

    Posted 11-02-2017 10:19
    Thank you, Everyone, for your input. Really helpful!

    Marci Giang
    Director of Professional Advancement
    Consortium for School Networking
    (202) 470-2779