Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Free Resources to Teach Your Students about AI

As artificial intelligence has become more popular in schools, we have seen lots of great support materials for educators. I have provided many hours of PD, as well as videos, blog posts, resources docs, and more.

You can access all of my AI resources at www.controlaltachieve.com/ai

In addition to training educators, we also need to make sure our students are being well educated on AI. This can involve lessons and activities on:
  • What AI is and what tools are available
  • How they can use AI to assist them
  • What are appropriate and inappropriate uses of AI
  • Identifying potential misinformation and bias in AI
  • And more
Thankfully we are not on our own in providing this information to our students. Many organizations have created lessons, activities, videos, and more to cover these topics in engaging ways for our learners. And best of all, the content is free!

See below for a collection of free resources to help educate students about AI. Although this is an excellent list, I am sure there are many other resources that could be added. Please share any resources you know of ( to me at ericcurts@gmail.com ) and I will be happy to update this post to include them.


📋 The List

Below is a quick list of the collected resources and their links. Scroll down further in the blog post to read details on each of these resources.

🧭 Discover AI in Daily Life


This lesson is part of Google's Applied Digital Skills collection of technology lessons, and is composed of ready-to-use instructional videos that help students "Learn artificial intelligence concepts using Quick, Draw!, AutoDraw, Google Translate, and Google Slides."

The videos are short, ranging from 3 to 6 minutes in length. Google estimates that the entire lesson can be completed in 45 to 90 minutes. The lesson is designed for students in late elementary through high school.

This lesson addresses the following objectives:
  • Provide a basic explanation of how artificial intelligence works.
  • Discuss some benefits and challenges of using artificial intelligence.
  • Identify a few well-known tools that use artificial intelligence. 
  • Provide examples of how artificial intelligence is used around the world on a typical day.



📖 AI Literacy Lessons


This is a collection of 8 short lessons from Common Sense Media to help your students think critically about AI and its impact. Through these lessons, students will:
  • Understand what AI is and how it works
  • Consider some of its potential benefits and risks
  • Think critically about how we can be responsible and ethical users of AI
Each lesson is 15 to 20 minutes in length, and several of the lessons include videos. The lessons are designed for students in grades 6 through 12.

The topics covered include:
  • What Is AI?
  • How Is AI Trained?
  • AI Chatbots: Who's Behind the Screen?
  • AI Chatbots & Friendship 
  • Understanding AI Bias
  • How AI Bias Impacts Our Lives
  • AI Algorithms: How Well Do They Know You?
  • Facing Off with Facial Recognition



❓ How AI Works


This is a series of short videos and accompanying in-classroom lessons from Code.org.  The lessons will introduce you and your students to how artificial intelligence works and why it matters. You can choose individual lessons based on topic, explore the whole series of topics in one class or teach all 7 lessons to give a deeper dive.

The lessons are aimed at grades 6 through 12. The videos are short, ranging from 3 to 7 minutes in length, but each entire lesson can last about 45 minutes.

These lessons will:
  • Introduce you to artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Dive into how generative AI works, including large language models (LLMs) and image generation
  • Explore bias, ethics, privacy and the responsible use of AI
  • Touch on real world applications of AI, including computer vision
The lessons include:
  • Introduction to Machine Learning
  • Computer Vision
  • Neural Networks
  • Chatbots and Large Language Models
  • Generative Images
  • Algorithmic Bias
  • Our AI Code of Ethics



☀️ Day of AI


Day of AI offers free hands-on curriculum and activities for elementary, middle school, and high school students, all about AI and how it shapes their lives. The content was developed by MIT RAISE and has lessons for all grade levels.

Note: You will need to register for free to have access to the curriculum.

The current curriculum covers ages 5 through 18 and includes:
  • ChatGPT in School
  • What is AI?
  • What Can AI Do?
  • Teachable Machines
  • AI Blueprint Bill of Rights
  • Can Machines Be Creative?
  • Game AI
  • AI in Social Media
  • Data Science and Me
  • Intro to Voice AI
  • Personal Image Classifier
  • Data Science and Decision Making



🎓 Teach AI from aiEDU


The AI Education Project has created a wide range of free lessons and activities to teach students in grade 7 through 12 about AI. These include:

Introduction to AI
  • A 10-week project-based learning course that introduces the fundamentals of AI through engaging, culturally relevant lessons.
  • 35 lessons at 45 minutes each
  • Grades 9-12
  • Teacher-led
AI Snapshots
  • 180 Classroom warmups built to spark debate, ignite curiosity, and build community.
  • 180 warmups at 5 minutes each
  • Grade 7-12
  • Teacher-led
Project Dashboard
  • A variety of unique, engaging projects for high school students.
  • Choose what’s right for your classroom from a mix of independent and teacher-led projects in a variety of subjects.
Note: You will need to fill out a form to access and download the curriculum, but everything is free.



⚖️ Ethics of AI Curriculum


This document from MIT Media Lab includes a set of activities, teacher guides, assessments, materials, and more to assist educators in teaching about the ethics of artificial intelligence. These activities were developed at the MIT Media Lab to meet a growing need for children to understand artificial intelligence, its impact on society, and how they might shape the future of AI.

The activities are geared toward students in grades 5 through 8.

The learning objectives for the activities include:
  • Understand the basic mechanics of artificial intelligence systems.
  • Understand that all technical systems are socio-technical systems. Understand that socio-technical systems are not neutral sources of information and serve political agendas.
  • Recognize there are many stakeholders in a given socio-technical system and that the system can affect these stakeholders differentially.
  • Apply both technical understanding of AI and knowledge of stakeholders in order to determine a just goal for a socio-technical system. 
  • Consider the impact of technology on the world.



⚙️ Teachable Machine


Teachable Machine is an interactive tool from Google that lets you create your own machine learning model. You can train the computer to recognize your images, sounds, and poses without writing any machine learning code. This is a great way to help students understand the basics behind how artificial intelligence is trained.

The site includes a simple version and a newer advanced version.



👀 Say What You See


This is an interactive game from Google where you practice creating a prompt to generate a specific image. This can be a great way for students to learn about and improve their AI prompting skills.

Here's the basics:
  • First the game gives you a sample AI-generated image.
  • Next you write your own prompt to try to recreate that image as close as possible.
  • The AI will then make a new image from your prompt and compare the two.
  • You have three attempts per image to pass a visual similarity threshold.



🖼️ Odd One Out


This is an interactive game from Google where you try to see if you can spot which image is generated by AI from a collection of pictures. This can be a great way to introduce AI images and discuss the challenge and importance of being able to distinguish what is real and what is generated.

Here are the basics:
  • Each round you will be presented with one AI-generated image and three images from Google Art & Culture.
  • You then click on the image you think is AI generated.
  • You have to be able to identify the AI image to move on.
  • If you make four mistakes the game is over.



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