Creating a Spark for Artificial Intelligence

Come join us for this online institute as an introduction to what artificial intelligence (AI) is and how it can relate to your students. In this blended model, participants will hear from IBM AI subject matter experts and MindSpark Learning facilitators on the resources for learning the basics about AI that can be easily integrated into the classroom. You will meet virtually to discuss applications of AI and Machine Learning concepts in K–12 classrooms and develop a lesson plan to implement.


Tuesdays, June 2021
7:00 -8:30 PM


Attend virtually

According to LinkedIn’s 2020 Emerging Jobs Report, demand for AI specialists grew 74% over the last five years. Iowa is an emerging leader in the Midwest for computer science education, and exposing students to different facets of this field will support their learning, regardless of their career path. The IBM AI Education experience was designed to give all educators the knowledge and confidence to bring foundational AI concepts into their K-12 classroom, regardless of their grade level or subject matter.

Nine different AI topics are offered through online modules. Watch all nine and have the opportunity to earn your IBM AI Education Badge! Four 1.5 hour virtual, synchronous sessions held from 7:00–8:30pm Central allow educators to take their learning further, discuss, create a lesson plan, and earn credit. Virtual, synchronous sessions for credit will be held the following Tuesdays in June 2021:

  • June 8
  • June 15
  • June 22
  • June 29

Participation in the course is free, thanks to the partnership with mindSpark and IBM. Iowa teacher relicensure credit ($95) and grad credit ($190) is available through the AEA. Credit registration information and assignments will be described at the start of class.

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