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Teaching AI to High Schoolers Inclusively: AI4ALL's Open Learning Program

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Monday, November 30, 12:00–1:00 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Sarah Judd  
Aimed at people interested in teaching AI to students of all backgrounds, this poster describes AI4ALL Open Learning’s blended curriculum approach. Open Learning makes AI education free and approachable to historically excluded groups. It’s built for both CS and non-CS classes and for learners with and without CS experience.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Principals/head teachers, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Artificial Intelligence
Grade level: 9-12
Subject area: Computer science
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.
For Coaches:
Digital Age Learning Environments
  • Use digital communication and collaboration tools to communicate locally and globally with students, parents, peers and the larger community.
For Students:
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

AI is increasingly part of our world, yet most students do not have access to educational resources to study it, and even fewer have access to AI educational resources that recognize and value the varied experiences and perspectives students bring.AI4ALL is trying to change that through an inclusive, culturally responsive curriculum that presents AI as a toolkit to create positive change towards issues students care about. The Open Learning Program is specifically focused on ensuring students and communities have access to these learning opportunities regardless of geographic location and access to resources.

During this session, participants will learn what AI4ALL does to teach AI to students everywhere. Teachers can either bring the Open Learning curriculum back to their own students, or just take ideas back to their own class.


5 min - Introduction to the speaker, AI4ALL and AI4ALL’s educational philosophy
* The AI4ALL Approach: Given our understanding of the importance of AI and our students’ abilities, we design our educational programs to be marked by:
** Technical rigor,
** Approachability,
** Context of the ethics and social impact of AI,
** Emphasis on tangible applications of AI, and
** Awareness of our students’ potential to positively influence the direction of AI.
10 min - Overview of the first module of AI4ALL’s Open Learning curriculum
* What it covers
** What is AI and its impact?
** How does data affect AI? What affects the data?
** What kinds of jobs use AI?
** How is AI perceived in my community?
** How will AI affect me?
* What techniques it uses to ensure that it’s inclusive and culturally responsive
* What feedback it received, how we responded to that feedback.
Audience questions / comments / feedback
10 min - Overview of the second module of AI4ALL’s Open Learning curriculum (currently in development)
* What it covers
* What techniques it uses to ensure that it’s inclusive and culturally responsive
* What feedback it received, how we responded to that feedback.
5 min - Questions and feedback

Supporting research

The following barriers exist to teaching AI to students:
* Access: Lack of Awareness and Exposure

Interest: Lack of Technical Training, Confidence, and Feelings of Belonging
Persistence: Lack of Professional Networks, Role Models, and Community


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Sarah Judd, AI4ALL

Sarah Judd is the Curriculum Manager for Open Learning at AI4ALL. Sarah brings a track record of creating inclusive and culturally responsive CS curriculum in their roles as a Computer Science teacher in classrooms ranging from 2nd-10th grade, as a curriculum developer at Google CS First and Girls Who Code, and in after-school programs including Bootstrap and FIRST robotics. Sarah has also worked as a web engineer, and holds a BS in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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