Curriculum  |  ,   |  January 24, 2020

Actua’s Artificial Intelligence Education Handbook

Curriculum developed by Actua to support K-12 teachers and other educators with implementing AI into diverse learning environments. It includes:

  • Background information on AI and machine learning
  • A comprehensive framework for how to bring AI into K-12 classrooms
  • Curriculum connections across grades and subjects
  • Career connections

Actua’s AI Education Project (2019-2021) is an initiative supported by and the Canadian Internet Registration Authority’s (CIRA) Community Investment Program to develop an artificial intelligence (AI) curriculum for Canadian high school students from coast to coast to coast. Working with a team of leading AI experts, we’ve developed activities to explore fundamental skills and knowledge in AI and machine learning, and how AI will influence future careers. The best part? We’re making this curriculum publicly available for teachers, parents and whoever else is interested. Get started with Actua’s AI Education Handbook, and then explore the interactive resources on the Actua AI Website.

Message from Jennifer Flanagan
President and CEO, Actua

Artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere, and is only getting more prevalent as technology transforms the ways in which we work and live. From intelligent assistants to recommended products, smart playlists, and facial recognition, AI transcends all industries, and has a multitude of applications and implications.

While youth interact with AI on a daily basis, AI concepts are not yet embedded into Canada’s elementary and high school curricula. In order for youth to be prepared for the jobs of today and tomorrow, they need foundational digital skills and literacy, which now includes understanding and applying AI. AI education not only gets students to think critically about their personal interactions with everyday technology, but also how they can leverage AI to solve global challenges.

In early 2019, Actua set out to address this need in engaging youth in AI. With support from and the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), we created Actua’s AI Project, designed to contribute to the development of a strong AI training ecosystem in Canada. Our goal is to have AI widely taught in schools, broadly understood by society, acknowledged as an important part of Canada’s economy, and something in which Canadians have deep pride. Actua’s AI Education Handbook is intended to support educators with background information on AI, a curriculum-aligned framework, and ideas for classroom implementation. It is designed to accompany Actua’s workshop series for educators which provide hands-on opportunities to explore AI concepts in action, both with technology and in unplugged environments.

Actua and our growing network of 40+ network members are elevating AI education across the country. By the end of 2020, we will have reached over 1,000 K-12 teachers and 30,000 high school students with AI programming. However, the work does not stop there. Continuing to create meaningful learning opportunities for youth to develop skills and competencies for leveraging emerging technology is a critical part of what we do each day.

By using this handbook, you are taking an active step to help grow a vibrant AI ecosystem in Canada and beyond. We are grateful for your support!