New Thinking: New Possibilities STEM Webinar Series, webinar 1 Discovering AI: Creating Curious Classrooms ELC – Year 9

8th March, 2022 @ 4:00 pm


08/03/2022 - 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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The 2022 Webinar Series aims to bring together educators from the Early Years to Year 12, researchers and industry to consider new thinking and possibilities and explore how STEM education can provide students with new opportunities and pathways for a strong and vibrant future.

In this webinar, participants will be provided with an overview of Artificial Intelligence (AI) resources available of the Digital Technologies Hub and have three teachers discuss how they successfully planned and implemented AI in their classrooms in Semester 2 2021. The teachers and students began this learning with very little prior knowledge of AI.

Martin Richards (Education Services Australia), Leonie Shapter (Woodcroft College), Ethan Wildman (Pilgrim School) and Libby Spencer (Pilgrim School) will share how they developed their knowledge and understanding of AI to create units of work that enabled their students to successfully navigate the incredible world of Artificial Intelligence.

The Woodcroft College students developed a Machine Learning Model using Google’s Teachable Machine that could identify common waste types found in school bins. The purpose was to create a visual model used in conjunction with a Scratch based program to enable students to identify the waste and sort it into the correct bins. While training their machine students learnt about the limitations of data and what they would require to refine their model. Having an authentic connection between digital technology, science and sustainability provided an avenue for students to create a viable solution to a real-life problem.

The Pilgrim School students developed an understanding of machine learning and how to categorise emojis. They developed sophisticated content mastery of AI in relation to teachable machines and could discuss why it was important for consistency in data for the machine to recognise key facial features to correctly categorise the emoji face. The students were also able to articulate why it was important for a large data set to help ‘teach’ the machine, and that developing ‘prototypes’ and ‘controls’ were an integral part of the cyclic process of machine teaching.

Martin Richards is a Content Manager at Education Services Australia (ESA) and leads the Content development for the Digital Technologies Hub. Martin has led the development of resources to support teachers to implement Digital Technologies. In his most recent work, Martin has collaborated with experts in the field of Artificial Intelligence to develop innovative lessons to enable teachers to deliver this exciting area into their classrooms.

2022 sessions:

8 March, 4.00 pm – 5.00 pm
17 May, 4.00 pm – 5.00 pm
7 June, 4.00 pm – 5.00 pm
9 August, 4.00 pm – 5.00 pm
23 August, 4.00 pm – 5.00 pm
1 November, 4.00 pm – 5.00 pm


Target audience – STEM professionals, teachers and school leaders

Delivery mode – Zoom

Presenters – Guest presenters, and Aleida Mabarrack, Senior Educational Consultant, AISSA


For registration enquiries please contact Emily Metelmann.

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Bookings are closed for this event.