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What we’ll learn today

What is AI?
How does it work?
What is it doing when it is solving problems?

What does AI mean for education?

“Do not tell them how to do it. Show them how to do it and do not say a word. If you tell them, they will watch your lips move. If you show them, they will want to do it themselves.” - Montessori

Think of AI as new Montessori Works

Pick a celebrity
Ask to explain a topic
At the level of a ___ grader
Solve a problem
We have ___ classrooms with ___ periods, but only one playground
Propose a schedule that gives every classroom access to the playground
Update the schedule to keep periods together
Go around and create a story
There is a ____, who is ____, in the style of ______
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What is AI doing?

Let’s play a game

Neural Nets

Large Language Models (LLMs)

“Large Language Models” are neural nets that predict the next word in a sentence (or pixel in an image, frame in a film, etc.).

What is the future?

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” - Arthur Clarke

Why I gave this talk

AI changes the meaning of work
Montessori children are uniquely prepared for that environment
Today’s AI is <not> a synthetic general intelligence
Utilizing the power of AI comes from shifting from Fear to Here

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