2023 Kansas City National Conference

October 25-28, 2023

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Upgrading Science with Artificial Intelligence

Thursday, October 26 • 3:40 PM - 4:40 PM

Kansas City Marriott Downtown - Andy Kirk

STRAND: Research to Practice

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Seckinger High School utilizes an Artificial Intelligence framework that is incorporated into every subject. The framework will be shared with a see-think-wonder protocol. Participants will work through 3 sample lessons integrating parts of the framework. The Biology lesson will feature 3 uses of generative text models for learning: analysis of generated text for accuracy, creation of generative images for student productivity, and use of generative text models for creative problem-solving and student ideation. For the Chemistry lesson, students will use PASCO probes, along with their knowledge of acids and bases, chemical bonding, and properties to design a solution to a real-world problem. The Physics lesson will use an inquiry-based investigation to discover the coefficient of friction while comparing data between a spring scale and PASCO probes. Participants will receive hard copies of handouts and access to all digital resources.

Attendees will learn how to “upgrade” their lessons as education continues to move into the phase of artificial intelligence.

Holly Hall (Seckinger High School: No City, No State), Natasaskia Wayne (Gwinnett County Public Schools: No City, No State), Krystal Shearon (Seckinger High School)

Implementing Virtual Reality Into STEM Classrooms

Friday, October 27 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Kansas City Convention Center - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Aisle

STRAND: Research to Practice

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This presentation will examine current research showing the positive effect virtual/augmented reality has on student engagement and achievement when used effectively in the classroom. Educators will have the opportunity to review the literature to determine if and how virtual/augmented reality could be beneficial in their classrooms. Attendees will have the opportunity to use a virtual reality headset and experience educational applications. They will also be provided with various virtual/augmented reality educational resources. These resources range from requiring highly updated technology to simply needing a Chromebook. Any educator can implement virtual/augmented reality into their STEM classroom. This presentation will introduce many educators to a new age in educational technology.

Attendees will learn what educational research currently says about virtual/augmented reality in STEM classrooms, as well as what future studies should be conducted. Various tools and resources will be provided to enable teachers to utilize virtual/augmented reality in their classrooms.

Kayla Sullivan (Chemistry Teacher HS: Georgetown, OH)

More than a Score: Three Practical Strategies for Maximizing Assessment

Saturday, October 28 • 10:40 AM - 11:40 AM

Kansas City Convention Center - 1501 B

STRAND: Research to Practice

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Sponsoring Company: Stile Education


Shawna Jensen (Stile Education: Portland, OR)

The Classroom of the Future: Expert Insights and Q&A for Teachers

Saturday, October 28 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Kansas City Convention Center - 2101

STRAND: Research to Practice

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In this session, teachers will have the opportunity to rotate through small group sessions with expert educators who will discuss a variety of topics such as blended instruction, self-pacing, mastery learning, classroom management, and collaboration. Each expert will share their insights and strategies and then answer questions. This session is designed for teachers who are eager to embrace technology and student-centered learning to create a dynamic and engaging classroom. (This Q&A session is a follow-up to our other two workshops: “Building Your Classroom of the Future: Embracing Technology and Student Centered Learning” and “Building Your Classroom of the Future: Student Centered Learning in a Low Tech Classroom” and is suitable for all grade levels.)

Teachers will get tangible and practical ideas to begin the journey of transforming their classroom into the Classroom of the Future. Teachers will leave equipped with samples, templates, resources, guidelines, tips and tricks.

Sumala Paidi (Teacher: , TX), Julie Gastler (Hickman High School: Columbia, MO)

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