As schools across the country enter the summer term and begin planning for the autumn term, will understanding and teaching of Artificial Intelligence feature in the curriculum? With the rapid advancements in AI technology and its increasing relevance in various fields, integrating AI education into school programs is becoming more crucial than ever. Here are some key considerations and practical steps to help you incorporate AI into your school’s curriculum:

Developing an AI Policy

A clear and comprehensive AI policy is essential for guiding the integration of AI into the educational environment. This policy should outline the goals, ethical considerations, and implementation strategies for AI education. Key components of an AI policy include:

  • Ethical Use – establish guidelines for the ethical use of AI in classrooms, ensuring that AI applications are used responsibly and that students understand the ethical implications of AI technology.
  • Data Privacy – protecting student data is paramount. The policy should detail how student data will be collected, stored, and used, emphasizing the importance of privacy and security.
  • Teacher Training – provide professional development opportunities for teachers to learn about AI technology and its applications in education. This will equip educators with the knowledge and skills to effectively teach AI concepts.
  • Other policies – link your AI policy to others such as your schools safeguarding policy.

Designing AI Curriculums

Incorporating AI into the curriculum can seem daunting, but breaking it down into manageable components can make it more accessible. Below are my ideas for structuring an AI curriculum:

  • Introductory Courses – start with introductory courses that cover the basics of AI, including its history, fundamental concepts, and real-world applications. These courses should be designed to spark students’ interest and curiosity about AI.
  • Hands-On Projects – integrate hands-on projects and experiments that allow students to apply AI concepts in practical scenarios. This could include creating simple AI models, experimenting with machine learning algorithms, or developing basic AI applications.
  • Interdisciplinary Approach – AI intersects with various disciplines such as mathematics, computer science, and ethics. Design curriculums that blend these subjects, providing students with a holistic understanding of AI and its implications.

If you are looking for ready made teaching material, then these that I have written offer a starting point for you:

If you are unable to build AI discreetly into the curriculum, then try to embed into all subject areas and discussion, especially around impacts of AI.

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Another way of building AI into school life is through AI STEM Clubs.  These are a fantastic way to foster a deeper interest in AI among students. These clubs provide an informal and engaging environment where students can explore AI concepts and work on projects that interest them. This material from STEM Learning features a comprehensive approach to discussing AI through a STEM Club.

In the resource you will find pointers for

  • interactive and hands-on activities
  • Guest Speakers and Workshops
  • Real-world applications of AI
  • Competitions and Challenges

My other tip for developing AI literacy amongst your student body is to have tech themed books in your school library. I am also the founder of the charity – Technology Books for Children, where you can find great tech titles for children aged 4 – 14.  Follow the charity on social media @techbooks4kids 

Consider parents and families too, does your school newsletter reflect how families can embrace AI – perhaps recommend families visit the above charity site to seek out titles or use apps such as The Blank App. This new app offers families the chance to explore AI generated art and to develop vocabulary and creative writing at the same time.

Additional Considerations

The market is awash with products offering AI solutions.  My recommendation is to check for testimonials, use free offers and really do your homework to ensure that you are not purchasing a product that is “AI washed”.

With this in mind, by all means, utilise the plethora of AI tools and resources available to enhance learning and teaching experiences!


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