From Apps to A.I.: Using Tech to Personalize Learning

This past summer it was announced that my old school, Quest Academy in Palatine, Illinois, would be partnering with Microsoft on a project to launch an artificial intelligence (AI) curriculum. Quest is the first K-8 school to work with Microsoft on such a project as it seeks to offer a “forward-thinking artificial intelligence curriculum,” for its students, according to Annabel Hasty, Quest Academy lower school music teacher and AI instructor.

It’s an exciting development for the school. But long before this leap into AI, Quest had to take steps to better understand how technology could be used effectively in the classroom. And that is a journey of which I was fortunate enough to be part.

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About Cathy Risberg

Cathy Risberg is an educator, consultant, and published author, and the owner of Minds That Soar, LLC. Certified to teach K–12, she has 15 years of teaching experience in public and private schools, the last 10 as a classroom teacher in a school for the gifted and talented. A parent of three gifted adult children, Cathy has served as an adjunct faculty member for the Technology in Education program at National-Louis University in Evanston, Illinois. She is a member of both National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC) and the Illinois Association of Gifted Children (IAGC) and presents to various educational and professional groups.