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5 Things I Learned About AI, PBL, and Creativity at #ISTELive

The ISTE Mainstage event today had several great takeaways relating to AI, creativity, Game based Learning, and more. Here are the things I learned from this event.

1. Our Influencers are on YouTube

If you dig into the awesome Zhoriel Tapo student reporter, you'll see that although she is twelve, if you dig into her story, she had a speech go viral that she gave about leadership when she was six. She did a great job interviewing Tarzan Davis from this summer's Maverick Top Gun movie.

Taryn Southern was another amazing presenter, also a popular YouTuber focusing on AI creation. 

I teach digital film and continue to tell students and parents that if America were being formed today that our founding fathers wouldn't print pamphlets, they would make YouTube videos.

I believe knowing how to make videos is an essential part of every school's curriculum. In addition to writing MLA papers, students need to be making short videos on topics of interest to them. 

2. AI is a powerful tool for creativity

Taryn shared some AI tools like Google's AI sound creator,  Nsynth.  And as backchannel chats often do, I learned about two other AI resource pages from @SarahEJudd from #AI4All:

I think Taryn's journey in creativity is as important as anything she shared. She shared her music video composed with AI – she write the lyrics and vocal melodies.

Lauren also shared her AI clone that she has created and is demonstrated in this video. We have discussed the deep fake in class  but in this case, she's basically “deep faked” her self and it is used with permission. This will be the technology that has John Wayne and Marilyn Monroe and other long-dead superstars starting in movies again. It will happen.

3. FREE AI Curriculum from ISTE

ISTE Mentioned their free AI curriculum but it was the endorsement in the chat that had me take a look at the AI material from ISTE.

4. Project Based Learning is Important

As the students took the stage, I'm reminded. They talk about projects, games, and also being treated with respect. 

I personally believe that since the pandemic, it is more vital than ever to have great genius projects. (Read Using Genius Hour Projects to Help Students Find Meaning that I wrote for Edutopia.)

5. My Takeaways

Things I'd Like to Share for Learning about This

Some things I'd like to share in my endeavor to learn more about VR, AR, AI, etc.

VR can improve Emotional but not Cognitive Empathy.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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