The EU working group on AI in education working group distinguishes between 'Education for AI' and 'AI for education'. Education for AI is about equipping students and teachers with knowledge about AI. AI for Education focuses on AI applications that can be used to improve education and thus learning and teaching. Particular potential is seen in the areas of personalisation of learning, automation of domain-specific knowledge, tackling learning difficulties and automation of assessments. For both teachers are in the focus of attention, because they have to be trained to be able to use AI in educational institutions.
The AI@education project seeks to address both AI for education and AI in education. This project seeks to develop and pilot a curriculum for high school students on the topic of artificial intelligence. It also seeks to support the continuing professional development of teachers by creating an online community of practice for exchange ideas and best practices. If teachers are to prepare young people for the new world of work, and to excite young people to engage with careers in designing and building future AI ecosystems, then teachers
themselves require training to understand the impact of AI and the new needs of their students.
The project aims to enhance teachers’ skills and competences to meet the growing need for children to understand artificial intelligence, its impact on society, and how they mightshape the future of AI and to be able to understand the ethical concerns and implications around AI.
The main objectives of the project are to develop and deliver:
- A curriculum and toolkit for teachers with a set of activities, teacher guides, assessments, materials, and resources to assist teachers in teaching about artificial intelligence
- A teacher training course to increase AI awareness both for face to face delivery and as a MOOC
Learning Scenarios for teaching with AI in schools
- A selection and analysis of best practice exemplars across the world and a directory of Open Source Software and Creative Commons materials on AI for use in schools
- Open Educational Resources for AI adapted to the profile and needs of high School students
The project brings together a consortium of schools, universities and research SMEs together with UNESCO as Associate Partner, coordinated by Pontydydgu from the UK. Partners are school in Belgium, UK, and Greece.
The main results of the project will be a curriculum toolkit, selection of best practice examples, learning scenarios for the use of AI in schools Open education resources and an Massive Open Online Course. The project will support teachers through professional development and resources for the use of AI for teaching and learning and new courses for students in understanding AI in society.
The project website is here: https://aiatschool.eu/
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