Building a Culture of Agency and Deep Learning with AI Tools
Jaime Chao Mignano and Carole Geneix
March 21 & 22, 2024
We’ve heard a lot about the coming “AI revolution in education”, but what does it mean for our work as educators committed to deep thinking and learning? How can we develop the confidence, agency, and vision to welcome AI tools into our curriculum and instruction, ready to spark playful exploration, creativity, and deep understanding?
This two-day, interactive workshop facilitated by practitioner-leaders in teaching, learning and academic technology will shift educator thinking on the power of artificial intelligence in schools. Participants will explore how various AI tools can be leveraged to dramatically advance inquisitive, collaborative and playful learning, building a culture of thinking in the classroom. They will engage in hands-on activities with the tools and products of AI inspired by Project Zero frameworks and Maker-Centered Learning strategies from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dive into deep thinking around the complexities of AI, slowing down to look closely, and finding opportunities that connect to your classroom. Build a sense of agency and maker empowerment in using AI tools, shaping the role of AI in your classroom for playful, inquiry-based teaching and learning!
Participants will tinker with questions like:
How can AI nurture a culture of inquiry and deep thinking in the classroom?
How can AI be playful? How can it foster inquiry?
How can AI increase student engagement in the classroom and beyond?
What key resources and practices can I bring back to my own context?
How can we address AI biases to create an inclusive classroom environment and build student agency?
How is making and maker empowerment involved in using AI tools in the classroom?
What can I shape about AI and its use in my classroom in order to align it with my practice in the classroom?
How can we develop our use of AI with our school’s values and curriculum in mind?
Whether you are a school faculty member or a school leader, this workshop is for you! Most suitable for educators in a secondary level context but open to all. Participants are asked to bring a personal computer and no prior experience with AI is necessary.
Jaime Chao Mignano
Jaime Chao Mignano is the Director of Educational Technology and Innovation at the Washington, DC-area Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, building a K-12 culture of enthusiastic making and purpose-driven innovation. She has managed makerspace and academic technology programs, as well as co-curricular and tutoring programs, at public, private, and charter schools in the Washington, DC area. For the past 15 years, her work in schools and nonprofit organizations has centered around developing and delivering curriculum and programs at the intersection of technology, making, human rights, and social justice. Her diverse classroom applications of Harvard Project Zero ideas have grown her practice and leadership around Maker-Centered Learning across disciplines.
She has served as a Lecturer on digital citizenship at the University of Maryland and published practitioner field notes on Maker-Centered Learning with Harvard’s Project Zero Agency by Design research project. Jaime has been part of the Leadership Team of WISSIT (the Washington International School Summer Institute for Teachers) and are active members of the faculty. She holds an M.A. in Technology in Education from the University of Michigan, with a research focus on game-based learning in partnership with the Fair Labor Association-Geneva. She is a mom of two young children and an avid gardener with a backyard flock of hens in Rockville, MD.
Follow Jaime on X (Twitter) at @qikenwing
Carole Geneix is 6-12 Director of Teaching & Learning at Washington International School (WIS), an International Baccalaureate, dual-language independent school in the heart of Washington, D.C. She has extensive teaching and leadership experience in the United States and abroad, and has presented at national and international conferences on topics such as academic technology and deep learning, Project Zero ideas and frameworks, differentiation and inclusion. She is also a study group co-leader at the annual Project Zero Classroom institute from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Carole has been part of the Leadership Team of WISSIT (the Washington International School Summer Institute for Teachers) and are active members of the faculty.
Her journey as an International Baccalaureate educator and Project Zero practitioner has led her to believe in the power of technology to deepen learning and understanding. In her current role as a school administrator, she uses the power of modeling and an inquiry-based approach to coordinate curriculum, lead transformational professional development opportunities to teachers, and harness the power of the IB learner profile attributes of open-mindedness, deep thinking and risk-taking in service of innovation, intellectual agility and student empowerment.
She holds a Master’s Degree in literature from Rennes University, an M.B.A. from Sorbonne University, and is a published author in France. She lives in Kensington, Maryland, where she enjoys the company of her family and three cats. Her AI best friends are currently Claude Instant and MidJourney.
Follow Carole on Instagram at @carole_geneix_edu.