Using Artificial Intelligence to Augment Learning in Students with Cognitive Disabilities (Session 3B)
Main Topic: Education, Teaching and Classroom Practices
Session Type: Talk Story
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is not the radar of the disability community. But it should be! This talk session will discuss the intersection between AI and cognitive disabilities, making an equity-based case for how AI’s strategic integration into special education classrooms can revolutionize students’ learning outcomes. Join the conversation. Generally, AI provokes strong reactions ranging from the notion of killer robots to the cure for some of society’s most significant challenges. AI technology is available today, and technology advancements continue at a steady pace. Success for individuals with disabilities supported by innovative AI use in the classroom and society may prosper or fail on how you and others feel and perceive AI. What does it mean to “know” something? What if that person who is often laughed at because they have an intellectual disability could become as smart or smarter than you. Would you be happy for them or think it’s not fair? Suppose the same person was taking a test or interviewing for a job with you? What you know has been traditionally defined by the content of an individual’s mind; artificial intelligence technology, or AI, has the potential to redefine the notion entirely. Let’s discuss what reality can look like today using AI in the classroom, for individuals with cognitive disabilities. A new reality for individuals supported through AI with cognitive disability that produces high educational outcomes changes everything, including postsecondary education and employment.
- Understand the basics of artificial intelligence (AI);
- Learn how innovative uses of AI can benefit students with cognitive disabilities;
- Understand the critical role the concepts of equity, fairness, and equality play in the discussion of AI in the classroom; and
- Understand the role of fear and perception in societal acceptance of AI and students with a cognitive disability.
Keywords: Artificial Intelligence, Students with Cognitive Disabilities, Equity, Equality, Fairness, Augmented Learning
Dr. Al JonesU.S. Department of Education - Lead Presenter's Job Title Associate Division Director
U.S. Department of Education
Dr. Al Jones, Jr. is an educator who has spent more than 25 years working at the local, state, and federal levels to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families. His background includes research and writing in educational policy and regulations, academic outcomes, knowledge management, communications and technology. Holding a Doctor of Education from The George Washington University, Dr. Jones is an associate division director at the Office of Special Education Programs within the U.S. Department of Education. Dr. Jones is also the author of “A New Way to Know: Using Artificial Intelligence to Augment Learning in Students with Disabilities.” https://www.leverageinlearning.com/