Digital Technology & Cyber Security:
Rebecca Vivian + Marie Efstathiou
The University of Adelaide + Google
Workshop: Hey Google, how do I teach AI in the classroom?
Workshop Video Link
Are you curious about teaching Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning in the classroom but not sure where to start? We engage with AI every day, from using virtual assistants to help us find information quickly to playing with the latest social media filters! Come and learn how it works with the Computer Science Education Research team as they introduce the fundamentals of AI and provide practical classroom activities and resources to help you get started with engaging your students.
I have expertise in Computer Science (Digital Technologies) Education, Professional Training and Technology-Enhanced Learning. I have collaborated with various stakeholders across industry, education, and government to deliver education and research projects. I am curious and passionate about research, particularly about understanding how people learn. I enjoy the challenge of taking complex ideas from any discipline and breaking them down for learners of all ages, as well as thinking about innovative ways to collaborate and teach online.
I am the Lead Content Developer and Designer for the national K-12 CSER Digital Technologies Education teacher-training program which was awarded $6.9 million in funding from the Australian Department of Education and has seen over 34,000 teacher enrolments. I manage PL-in-a-Box, an initiative between CSER and Google Australia, which empowers educators and leaders to facilitate professional learning in Digital Technologies with free, ready-made resource packs. As part of this work, I have developed online courses and resources for K-12 in using cutting-edge technologies including Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence and coding.
I am Project Lead for the University of Adelaide Mathematics and Numeracy MOOCs project; a partnership with Education Services Australia, funded through the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment, to develop and roll out teacher training with free MOOCs and professional learning support for Australian teachers.
My achievements have been acknowledged through awards such as the 2015 Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) “New Voice” in Education Leadership Research, 2016 University of Adelaide’s Women’s Research Excellence Award, the 2016 Barbara Cail STEM Fellowship Award and in being one of 50 educators selected for Google’s 2014 Certified Innovative Educator Program in Sydney, Australia.
I am passionate about engaging more young people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) study and careers and see supporting teachers, families and increasing public awareness of the opportunities as key to this endeavour.