Curriculum  |    |  June 15, 2019

Exploring Computer Science: Alternate Curriculum Unit on Artificial Intelligence

Curriculum written and developed by Beverly Clarke. A year-long curriculum to introduce students to AI terminology and skills while considering its social and ethical impacts (grades 9–12).

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a term that we hear on a daily basis. Yet the topic is not taught explicitly to our learners, while we operate in a world that uses AI with promises of further AI usage to come. The aim of this unit is to demystify the topic of AI, with students gaining an understanding of terminology such as machine learning and deep learning. It is intended to be an alternate unit to either unit 5 or 6.

What Does the Unit Include?

  • Students will gain knowledge and skills while considering the social, moral, and ethical impacts of AI systems and usage. They explore practical daily applications of AI that are likely to have an impact on their lives. Students design smart cities, homes, and schools and share them with the group.
  • Students also learn to build, train, and test an AI system through a NVIDIA platform. Students are also encouraged to look at how “the message of AI” is communicated to each of us through images and narratives.
  • And, as with all ECS units, it comes with an in-depth curriculum pdf download with daily lesson plans, supporting handouts and rubrics, and live links, as well as supplementary teacher resources—all classroom-tested and ready for implementation.

Topics to be addressed

  • Background of Artificial Intelligence
  • Everyday usage of AI systems
  • Building and applying AI systems
  • Societal impacts of computing

The student will be able to:

  • Explain key terminology associated with the field of AI.
  • Identify the AI being used, such as image recognition, speech recognition, translation.
  • Gain an understanding of how a neural network functions.
  • Build, train, and test an AI system—gaining an understanding of datasets.
  • Gain an understanding of how AI is changing different sectors such as medicine, agriculture, etc.

About the Teacher

Beverly Clarke is an education consultant and former teacher. She is the author of is author of the book Computer Science Teacher: Insight into the Computing Classroom.