Summarizing ASU+GSV 2021 Summit for Education Technology


ASU+GSV 2021 Summit

Started in 2010 with a collaboration between Arizona State University (ASU) and Global Silicon Valley (GSV), the annual ASU+ GSV Summit connects leading minds focused on transforming society and business around learning and work. 

The Ethical Implications of AI Panel

The ethical implications of AI panel addressed way companies are harnessing the power of artificial intlligence while keeping ethical boundaries intact.  During the panel, Dr. Yair Shapira, Amplio’s Founder & CEO, showed how AI and natural language processing can link students with special needs with advanced technologies, all within the boundaries of HIPAA, FERPA, and COPPA requirements.

“Learning processes have to do a lot with repetitions,” said Dr. Shapira. “When you are a teacher and you are flooded with compliance and regulation and groups of six kids who are not even homogenous — how can you even have time to get those repetitions? This is what the smart system can do. A smart system can be sort of an extension of a teacher and repeat it – smartly – with students and listen to them and understand what they are saying or what they are writing and provide feedback — so we take these tasks and augment it and then we let those clinicians do what they signed up for, what they are best at, which is taking data-driven evidence-based decisions, based on the data that we collect.”

Dr. Shapira appeared on the panel, moderated by Jason Palmer of New Markets Venture Partners, together with Frida Polli (Pymetrics), Sergey Karayev (Gradescope), and Ora Tanner (The AI Education Project).

“People are threatened by AI (Artificial Intelligence) because ‘it’s a black box’ and ‘who knows what’s inside and what it can do?’, but if you can open the box and demystify it, and show that it does measure, it does understand, it does make reasonable decisions in several cases – then I assume that this will go away,” said Dr. Shapira.

Want to dig deeper in to the power of artificial intelliegent in education? You can watch the panel here

Voice Tech Panel

The Voice tech panel focused on the implications of video consumption, screen time, and the role of voice input for human-machine communication.

“I’m very excited about Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing, voice technology – all of the things that as an education administrator I only dreamed of in terms of possibility and potential – and it’s here and it can work,” said Dr. Judy Rich, Amplio’s advisor and the 2021 President-Elect of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, during the Voice Tech panel at the ASU+GSV 2021 Summit on August 9.

Dr. Rich appeared on the panel, moderated by Michael Horn of Guild Education, together with DeLonn Crosby (SkyKid), Drew Madson (Readlee), and Mark Angel (Amira Learning). 

“It can especially work for those children, students who haven’t had a voice in the past,” she added. “[Voice tech and other advanced technologies] can not only scaffold for reading, read aloud and early language, but can also help children learn language, and help children with specific skills related to the grammar systems, to vocabulary, the way that they combine words. The smart technologies that I see Amplio use give me goosebumps, because of the power for improving a child’s language system, which then leads to stronger readers. 

“In addition to that, support for the teacher comes with a just-in-time transcription of what the child is saying, breaking that down to whatever you are looking for and then helping the child with scaffold for a correct vocabulary, or scaffold for correct grammar skills, syntax, or say it in a different way, or say it correctly if you are working on speech sounds – so all of that becomes in-the-moment and allows access for children who have not had that voice before voice technology.”

Watch the panel here to learn more about the ways that voice technologies are impacting education. 

Eran Minhar

Eran Minhar

An Israeli journalist, writer, and publicist. Editor and host of the podcast and radio show "History with Eran Minhar" at the Israeli broadcasting corporation and the podcast "Making Minhar." Former editor in chief of local newspapers, former senior strategist and copywriter in an advertising agency, director of interactive activities. Published author and poet.

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