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AI Literacy for K-11 Students

What is AI?

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What Is AI Literacy?

  • AI literacy means knowing about AI and how it works.
  • It’s like learning a new language or skill.
  • It starts with discussions about AI like:
    • How can AI help solve real-world problems like climate change or disease? What are the limitations?
    • Should AI create art, music, or fiction? What are the pros and cons?
    • If AI makes a mistake, who is responsible? How can we prevent harmful errors?
  • Activities such as:
    • Researching with AI bots: Use a chatbot to find answers and check their accuracy.
    • Identifying bias: Look for possible biases in data used to train AI algorithms.
    • Exploring AI tools: Discuss ethics while using image generators or text prediction tools.
    • Learn by doing: Interact with AI firsthand to understand it better.

What Can Parents Do?

  • Talk about AI: Share what you know with your kids.
  • Learn together: Explore AI resources as a family.
  • Build skills: Understand how AI impacts our lives.
  • Encourage curiosity: Let your kids ask questions and discover.
  • Be critical thinkers: Ask questions and evaluate AI tools.
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