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Design Sprinters sort their ideas for the AI Partner into possible metaphors.

A Metaphorical Sprint - Brainstorming Metaphors for our AI Partner

March 17, 2022

In an effort to dive deeper into cross-strand collaboration, and to form concrete ideas that reflect the joint work of the Institute in its initial year and a half, the first iSAT Design Sprint was successfully conducted as a three day immersive in-person in mid-December, 2021. Consisting of 15 iSAT...

SVVSD students work on a Sensor Immersion lesson.

Creating Equitable Learning Outcomes - Strand 3

Jan. 6, 2022

During this quarter, our Strand 3 researchers continued working directly with K–12 students and teachers to ensure iSAT fulfills its mission to create equitable and socio-collaborative learning experiences for all students. Strand 3’s work over the quarter amplified the voices of students from all backgrounds to inform the data analysis...

ResRearch particpants engaging in a collaborative task in  the iSAT Lab.

Exploring Collaboration Dynamics - Strand 2

Jan. 5, 2022

A big part of iSAT’s mission is to create an AI Partner who helps teachers facilitate collaborative and equitable learning outcomes for small groups in the classroom. This quarter, the team science and human-computer interaction experts in Strand 2 have made important progress in understanding the framework needed to help...

Schematic of iSAT’s Technical Architecture.

Building the (Technical) System

Jan. 5, 2022

Build the System is a new cross-strand group focused on designing the software components and architecture for the AI Partner. The group convened over the fall to identify and design individual software components (e.g., Speech Recognition, Diarization, Automated Tagging) and the technical infrastructure that will enable the different components to...

A graphic showing the AI capabilities of Strand 1

Redefining Classroom AI Capabilities: Strand 1

Jan. 4, 2022

We last left our intrepid Strand 1 researchers on the precipice of the incoming classroom data from our cross-strand data collection team. As this new data comes in, the Strand 1 team spent the quarter facing a new challenge—how exactly will we use this data to define the capabilities of...

Middle school students work on sensor immersion.

iSAT Ventures into Classrooms

Jan. 4, 2022

During our summer, we formed our cross-strand Fall 2021 Data Collection team to begin the all-important task of going into real K–12 classrooms to support teachers implementing our Curriculum Units and collect the data we need to develop our AI Partner. This fall, with the help of 24 volunteers, researchers,...

Photo of iSAT researchers during their first data collection meeting.

Cross-strand Callout: Our New Fall Data Collection Team

Sept. 5, 2021

Developing the next generation of equitable, collaborative learning environments is an exciting and important mission, but one that is nearly impossible without data. Enter our latest cross-strand collaboration endeavour—the iSAT Fall 2021 Data Collection team. Our creative team-naming chops aside, this team began working in tight sprints over our fourth...

Collage of various iSAT workshops and events.

Happy Birthday, iSAT!

Sept. 1, 2021

Neither COVID nor IRBs nor faulty Zoom calls stay this institute from our mission. The NSF AI Institute for Student-AI Teaming (iSAT) had a busy first year, despite the numerous challenges set by starting an institute in the midst of a pandemic. Within the first three months of launch, we...

Jake Whitehill and his student Zeqian Li testing their speaker embedding models over Zoom.

Creating New AI Possibilities: Strand 1

Aug. 28, 2021

Over the past year and up to the current quarter, our Strand 1 researchers laid the foundational work needed to tackle their main challenge—developing new advancements in how machines process human language, gestures, and emotions. Strand 1’s work centers on developing an interactive AI Partner to listen to and analyze...

Students using sensors to determine if a plant needs water.

Creating AI-enabled Collaborative Learning Environments: Strand 2

Aug. 20, 2021

Our team science experts in Strand 2 strive to better understand how students, AI, and teachers can collaborate effectively in both classrooms and remote learning contexts. Their work during our first year focused on designing our AI-enabled Collaborative Learning Environments (AICL), which are set to enter the lab testing phase...

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