by Prof. Suki, Athena’s educator
It wasn’t accidental that Suki became an online teacher—since her first job working at Xerox Artificial Intelligence Systems after college (where she met her future husband, a computer scientist), she’s been passionate about exploring new technology. At the same time, Suki is deeply skeptical of the value of a lot of the “advances” that the tech industry throws out. In this talk, Prof. Suki will draw on her knowledge of education, technology, homeschooling, and online teaching to help you figure out how to navigate this brave new world of AI, immersive technology, and Big Brother-like tracking software.
“When I started homeschooling, the iPhone had just been released. YouTube was a little startup. Khan Academy consisted of Sal Khan sending videos to his cousin. To say a lot has changed is the understatement of the year. Homeschooling parents still have those age-old concerns: When will my child learn to read? Memorize multiplication tables? Empty the dishwasher without being asked? (You can always dream!) But modern homeschooling parents have lots more to grapple with: Does online education work? Is my kid spending too much time gaming? Did they just write that awesome essay by asking ChatGPT to do it?
“Let’s get together and shut out the noise: Let’s talk about what homeschooling is really about, how modern technology and lifestyle offers new choices and challenges, and what you hope to achieve in the end. Our homeschool elders did a lot right, but they had a lot fewer choices. How do we shut out the FOMO and focus on what matters? How do we choose when the opportunities seem endless? How do we prepare our kids for whatever it is that they’ll find when they walk out the homeschool door and into their adult lives?”
Friday June 2, 2023 3:00pm PT / 7:00pm ET