K-12 Education


"Student Centered, Future Focused": Montour School District Designs Schools That Are Future Ready

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Whether they are teaching multiplication facts with the video game Minecraft or exploring engineering concepts in a Lego-themed makerspace, educators in Pennsylvania's Montour School District always ask themselves, "Is this best for children?"--not just for today, but for the future students will face as adults. "Our entire school community, led by our superintendent and school board, really believes that they want what's best for children and that comes with understanding what is best for children now and in the future," explains Justin Aglio, Montour's director of K–4 academic achievement and K–12 innovation. "We know what we want our future to look like. We want a school where students are kind, where students are thinkers, where they have the advanced skills and strategies they need to achieve academically. You can't wish students will be kind five years from now, you have to design it."


Will the future of work be ethical? Future leader perspectives – TechCrunch

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In June, TechCrunch Ethicist in Residence Greg M. Epstein attended EmTech Next, a conference organized by the MIT Technology Review. The conference, which took place at MIT's famous Media Lab, examined how AI and robotics are changing the future of work. Greg's essay, Will the Future of Work Be Ethical? reflects on his experiences at the conference, which produced what he calls "a religious crisis, despite the fact that I am not just a confirmed atheist but a professional one as well." In it, Greg explores themes of inequality, inclusion and what it means to work in technology ethically, within a capitalist system and market economy. Accompanying the story for Extra Crunch are a series of in-depth interviews Greg conducted around the conference, with scholars, journalists, founders and attendees.


What's New in EDU: Introducing a new Minecraft Hour of Code tutorial with AI and the Discovery STEM Careers Coalition Microsoft EDU

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There's a good chance the students you're teaching today will enroll in university courses that haven't yet been created and enter jobs that don't exist. And they'll be called upon to solve some of the world's most pressing environmental, social and economic issues. We know that can feel like a lot on your shoulders, but there is plenty you can do to prepare students for success and we're here to help. Thoughtfully designed and well implemented STEM instruction builds subject-specific knowledge and fosters a growth mindset, collaboration, critical thinking and computational thinking – all vital skills for jobs of the future. We have tips to share about fun ways to participate in Hour of Code, available in Minecraft: Education Edition as a free coding lesson.


Prosthetic legs of California high school wrestling captain stolen from gym

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Fox News Flash top headlines for Nov. 24 are here. Check out what's clicking on FoxNews.com The prosthetic legs of a double amputee and soon-to-be high school wrestling captain were stolen from a gym closet in California last week, putting his dreams of winning a state championship or even wrestling this season in doubt. Brett Winters, a senior at Pacific High School in San Bernardino, California, was born without tibia bones in his legs. As a baby, his mother was told by doctors that Winters could either spend life in a wheelchair or amputate his legs.


DEWA Business Cup Challenge 2019 - Artificial Intelligence

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DEWA's Business Cup Challenge 2019 had a record number of students with over 1210 students participating from 66 schools across the UAE and KSA. The Curtin Dubai family would like to thank all of the participants and mentors for all their efforts leading up to the finale. We thank our judges, Mr. Daniel Adkins, CEO - Transnational Academic Group Middle East, Dr Khyati Shetty - Head of Curtin Dubai School of Business and Humanities and Mr Salih Ismail - Program Coordinator and Lecturer for Curtin Dubai School of IT for their words of encouragement and constructive feedback. DEWA's Business Cup Challenge 2019 would not have been possible if not for our title sponsor, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority - DEWA as well as our sponsors Gulf News, Hunter Foods, BPG Max, and Transnational Academic Group. We thank all our sponsors for their immense support in this innovative CSR event developing business acumen into high school students at a young age.


Data Science Nigeria launches first book for artificial intelligence instruction TechCabal

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At a packed hall in Lagos, a gathering of education and technology enthusiasts cheered for a milestone moment: the launch of Nigeria's first book on artificial intelligence for primary and secondary schools. The eight-chapter book illustrated with animations is written by Olubayo Adekanmbi, convener of Data Science Nigeria (DSN). His organisation has taken an active role in democratizing artificial intelligence application and research in Nigeria. With a suite of hands-on training programmes, toolkits and events, Data Science Nigeria aims to increase Nigeria's presence on the global AI map. "AI is a catalyst for good that creates new frontiers," Adekanmbi said, in his remarks at the launch.


Watch Out Finance, Business, Tech Workers. Artificial Intelligence Is Coming.

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Artificial intelligence is coming for America's high-paid professions as it creates winners and losers across the labor market like never before. White-collar jobs and better-educated occupations along with production workers are among the most susceptible to AI's spread into the economy, according to a Brookings Institution report Wednesday that draws on a new analysis of patent data by Stanford University graduate student Michael Webb. "Webb's modeling suggests that just as the impacts of robotics and software tend to be sizable and negative on exposed middle- and low-skill occupations, so AI's inroads are projected to negatively impact higher-skill occupations," researchers Mark Muro, Jacob Whiton and Robert Maxim wrote, noting that their analysis shows potential impacts can be both positive and negative. Workers with graduate or professional degrees will be almost four times as exposed to AI as workers with just a high school degree, the report showed. The researchers also concluded that AI appears most likely to affect men, prime-age and white and Asian American workers.


How AI's 'Endless Well of Patience' Can Augment What Teachers Do - EdSurge News

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As the chief technology officer and assistant dean of the Stanford Graduate School of Education, Paul Kim spends more time than most pondering how artificial intelligence (AI) can impact education. He believes most educators don't think about it enough, and those who do worry too much about it. "We're at a very early stage of understanding what AI can possibly do for us, especially in the education teaching system," he says. "I think the possibilities are huge." One thing he doesn't see as a possibility?


Veterans demonstrate artificial intelligence to stop active shooters before shots are fired

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A group of veterans inspired by the need to keep schools and public spaces safer have created a new technology they say can detect guns and send out alerts before shots are ever fired. Active shooter situations have played out across the country – a gunman opened fire inside a Florida high school, shots rang out at a Texas Walmart and multiple people were shot to death in an office building in Virginia Beach. The nation's most recent school shooting happened Thursday morning – when a 16-year-old high school student in Santa Clarita, California, opened fire in the campus quad, shooting five classmates and killing two. What if the gun was detected early – so early, the shooter was never able to get inside to hurt anyone? The technology to do that exists, and only WUSA9 was there when it was tested in Northern Virginia.


Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: What's Up in AI for K-12 Education?. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

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This webinar will help educators at all levels learn more about artificial intelligence (AI) and how AI concepts can be woven into many subject areas. Participants will find out how to help students understand the capabilities and potential for AI in education, business and industry, as well as how AI will impact the future of education and work. We'll also explain the everyday uses of AI and share ways for students to experiment with it using simple chatbots, machine learning and recommender systems. Webinar participants will be given multiple resources to discover more about AI and teaching it in schools, and will meet members of the AI4K12 working group who are creating guidelines for teaching it in schools.