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Free Webinars for K-12 Educators

Prepare Your Students for Their Future Careers

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is all around us, from self-driving cars, digital assistants, rideshare apps, banking apps, and so much more. Experts say AI will change 100% of jobs over the next 10 years, but there is a fear that the next generation isn’t prepared for the shift to AI. 

It's imperative for teachers to learn how to infuse their content and curriculum with the knowledge, skills, and values driving innovation in AI today so that their students are prepared to be successful in the modern workforce, regardless of their career paths.

IBM AI Education is an online professional learning suite of FREE on-demand courses, crafted by and for educators. The nine webinars will guide educators through AI’s foundational concepts and K-12 classroom connections.

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Learn about AI’s foundational concepts and K-12 classroom connections.

Gain ideas on how to incorporate AI fundamentals into your curriculum.

Earn the IBM AI Education badge when you attend all nine webinars. 

Webinar Topics

Creating a Spark for Artificial Intelligence

Dive into this introductory course and get familiar with the basics of AI. Learn and define five key terms (AI, neural network, big data, algorithm and machine learning) through analogy, interactive games and activities. Build tools to use with your own students to expose them to AI concepts, and hear from an IBM expert about the importance of play in education.

AI Here, AI There ... AI Who, What, Where?

Learn how to teach your students to solve real-life problems using AI. Get access to AI teaching tools and resources, such as a sorting activity that activates prior knowledge about AI, an engaging game that teaches computational thinking, and a curated collection of videos that illustrate how AI affects future jobs, shapes social media experiences, helps keep communities safe, and more.

Ethics in AI – Can You Crack the Moral Code? 

How do ethics come into play in AI? The moral dilemmas in AI are complex, but the issues are critical, generating material for educators across disciplines to initiate authentic and relevant discussions with their students. Hear from an IBM AI expert on the breadth and depth of this topic and walk away with resources and activities to exemplify and frame these conversations.

Amplifying Potential - Beyond Programming and Coding

Address a common fear: Will robots take my job? To answer this question, you will understand where human discomfort with robots comes from, examine the difference between a robot and an artificially intelligent robot, and see robots that help humankind in action. Learn how students can build their own artificially intelligent robot and how to facilitate student creativity with IBM’s TJBot.

AI Can and Should Be Inclusive – Design Thinking Helps!

Grow your understanding of AI through the lens of equity-centered design thinking, a creative problem-solving process. Familiarize yourself with IBM’s Design Thinking Field Guide activities including empathy mapping and storyboarding, and create a prompt for your students. Examine bias in AI and develop ways to mitigate these preconceived notions. Take this back to the classroom with tools to encourage students to examine and address their own biases.

Building a Culture of Inclusivity

Examine your own tech experience as you explore the roles of gender, race, and bias in technology and STEM fields. Grow your toolkit with resources for diversifying your own computer science and STEM programs so that your students can gain awareness of how AI affects them, and join the fight against algorithmic bias and injustice.

How Do Siri, Alexa, and Watson Understand Me?

Walk a mile in a machine’s shoes and experience the complexity of human language - and what it takes for a computer to understand us! Like art, AI imitates life - and can hold up a mirror to reveal patterns in human speech. See examples of how NLP can be used for social good - get students thinking about other applications of this powerful technology.

AI and Your Curriculum - The Perfect Marriage

How can we prepare students for a future we can’t see, when our world is being constantly changed by the advancement of technology? In this course you will understand the effect AI is having on the future of work, and how the skills needed to be successful in the future have changed. Practice and identify these skills with a Scratch project via IBM’s “Machine Learning for Kids” and collaborate using pair programming. Build these employability skills in students to prepare them for anything.

Machines Can Learn – But They Need Our Help!

Can a piece of paper be intelligent? Answer this question as part of a larger discussion around intelligence, then play the role of a computer to understand how a machine learns. Learn more specific subsets of machine learning by comparing them to how students learn in the classroom, and take away activities to share these concepts with your students.

IBM AI Foundations for Educators Badge

Attendees of all nine online webinar topics (live or on-demand) will have the opportunity to take a certification quiz and earn their IBM AI Foundations for Educators Badge. This badge certifies that the recipient has become fluent and knowledgeable in Artificial Intelligence (AI). Badge recipients will have an understanding of AI applications such as machine learning and natural language processing, along with how it is used to solve problems, collect data and identify bias. They will also have become equipped to share the foundational knowledge of artificial intelligence with their colleagues and students in their classrooms.

Ready to earn your badge? If you’ve completed all nine webinars, click “Access Badges” below and complete the form. We will send you information on how to access your badge quiz once the form is submitted. 

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