Inspirational AI@class 8:

Inspirational AI@class 8:

The CBSE circular says, “To enhance the multidisciplinary approach in teaching learning and also to sensitize the new generation, it was decided that School may start AI “Inspire module” of 12 hours at Class VIII itself.”

CBSE has not given any indicative content, so we have created our own. As CBSE shares indicative content, we will include them in our futuristic learning model.

CBSE has suggested a 12 hour learning intervention. In addition to the traditional way of teaching where it is feasible, I have designed a digital and mobile learning framework to enhance or as an alternative to the traditional form.

One format which is my recommended format is a learning experience over 6 weekends, each day being about an hour of learning spread over 4 Whatsapp posts at 8am, 8:30am, 9am and 9:30am.

Since CBSE refers to this as an inspirational course, every session will have an inspirational quote about AI in particular or Technology in general. It will also have a brief inspirational message from great thought leaders related to life-skills and values especially for the future in the 21st century.

The content for each Whatsapp post will comprise text ( ~ 800 words) and a short video/ audio. The total transaction time for each Whatsapp post will be about 15 minutes. The total time by the student during each session will be about an hour, but with breaks allowing for ‘spacing’ of learning and also use of multiple media types to make learning more engaging.

We are ready to offer it during the 4 weekends of April and 2 of May in 2019.

A feasible schedule is : Session 1 on Saturday 6th April 2019, Session 2 on Sunday 7th April 2019, Session 3 on Saturday 13th April 2019, Session 4 on Sunday 14th April 2019, Session 5 on Saturday 20th April 2019, Session 6 on Sunday 21st April 2019, Session 7 on Saturday 27th April 2019, Session 8 on Sunday 28th April 2019,

Session 9 on Saturday 4th May 2019, Session 10 on Sunday 5th May 2019, Session 11 on Saturday 11th May 2019, and the final session Session 12 on Sunday 12th May 2019,

Then regular batches in many formats moving towards personalisation for each learner from July 2019.

One format can be instructor led session using PowerPoint slides and initial training provided by us.

Another could be remote training using Zoom or similar technologies. There are many possibilities depending upon the context of the School. We can facilitate the School so that they can start AI for class 8 students right when the new session begins in April 2019.

This is a tentative outline of the topics to be addressed in the 12 sessions of the program:

Session 1: Why the buzz about AI?

1.1: AI is all around us

1.2 :Amazon, Netflix, Siri and Alexa

1.3 : Future expectations from Artificial Intelligence

1.4: Difference between traditional Computing and Artificial Intelligence

Session 2: AI today

2.1: A short history of AI

2.2: The winter of AI

2.3: The renewed interest in AI

2.4: What can AI do today

Session 3: The Fundamentals: Computational Thinking

3.1: What is Computational Thinking

3.2 : Decomposition

3.3 : Pattern Recognition

3.4 : Algorithms and evaluation

Session 4: Mathematical Modelling

4.1: What is Mathematical Modelling?

4.2: The stages of Mathematical Modelling

4.3: Applications of Mathematical Modelling

4.4: From Mathematical Modelling to Machine Learning

Session 5: The Landscape of AI:

5.1: The Turing Machine

5.2: Rule Based Expert Systems

5.3: Swarm Intelligence

5.4: Narrow Intelligence and Artificial General Intelligence

Session 6: Other allied Technologies

6.1: Sensor Technologies

6.2: Internet of Things

6.3: Blockchain

6.4: Augmented and Virtual Reality

Session 7: Classifiers:

7.1: What are classifiers?

7.2: How do they work?

7.3: Spam filters

7.4: Identifying fake news

Session 8: Other tools

8.1:Predictor Systems

8.2:Speech Recognition

8.3:Image recognition


Session 9: Machine Learning :

9.1: What are learning algorithms?

9.2: Examples of Machine Learning Applications

9.3: Popular Machine Learning Algorithms

9.4: Limitations of Machine Learning

Session 10: Deep Learning:

10.1: About the human brain and the CNS

10.2: Artificial Neural Networks

10.3: Types of Artificial Neural Networks

10.4: Applications of Deep Learning

Session 11: AI and the future of work

11.1: AI and the future of work

11.1: Jobs displacement by AI

11.2: The Gig economy

11.3 : The idea of a Universal Basic Income

11.4: The future of the professions

Session 12: AI and human happiness

12.1: Social robots for children

12.2: Woebot: The CBT based psycho-therapist

12.3: AI for human happiness

12.4: AI and ethics

The entire program is designed, developed and delivered by Professor MM Pant ( and Programs in AI for School children have been under consideration for about 2 years, shortly after Professor Klaus Schwab in January 2016 at the World Economic Forum drew attention to the arrival of the 4th Industrial Revolution led by Artificial Intelligence and allied Technologies, in a convergence of the Physical world, the Information world and the world of Biology.

We now have a whole suite of AI programs for School children in classes 8 to 12th, for teachers to become AI learning Facilitators as well as for parents to appreciate the future world of their children.

More information is available on other pages of this site. Try asking the bot or send me a Whatsapp message at +919810073724

About mmpant

Prof. M.M.Pant has a Ph.D in Computational Physics, along with a Professional Law Degree, and has been a practitioner in the fields of Law, IT enabled education and IT implementation. Drawing upon his experience in world class international institutions and having taught in various modes of Face-to-Face, Distance Learning and Technology Enhanced Training, Prof. Pant is now exploring the nature of institutions which will be successors to the IITs, which represented the 1960s, IIMs, which represented the 1970 and Open Universities which were the rage of 1980s & 90s. He believes that the convergence between various media and technologies would fundamentally alter the way learning would be created, packaged, and delivered to learners. His current activities are all directed toward actual implementation of these new age educational initiatives that transform education in the post Internet post WTO era.. Prof. Pant, has been a Former Pro-Vice Chancellor, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and has been on the faculty of IIT – Kanpur (the premier Engineering institution in India), MLNR Engineering College and Faculty & Visiting Professor - University of Western Ontario-Canada. He has been visiting scientist to research centers in Italy, England, Germany & Sweden and has delivered international lectures with about 80 papers published. During his association of almost 15 years with the IGNOU, Prof. Pant has served as the Director Computing and has been the Member of All Bodies (i.e. School boards, Academic council, Planning board, Finance committee and the Board of management). With his interest in Law, backed with practice of Law in a High Court, and his basic training in Science and IT, Prof. Pant has been particularly interested in the Cyber Law, Patent & trade mark issues, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) issues etc. and has been involved with many activities, conferences on “Law & IT” Prof. Pant is presently; • Advisor to Media Lab Asia - Chairman of working group on ICT for Education, chairman of PRSG handling projects on ICT for education. • Lead Consultant for an ADB funded project for ICT in Basic Education in Uzbekistan • Member of the drafting Group for India’s National Policy on ICT in education • Chairman of the group creating books for class 11 and 12 students on ‘Computers and Communication Technology’ appointed by the NCERT • Preparing a ‘Theme Paper” for the NCTE in the area of ICT and Teacher Training • Advisor and mentor to several leading Indian and Multi-national Companies in the area of education. Prof. Pant has in the recent past been ; • Member – Board of Management – I I T, Delhi for 6 years (two consecutive terms) • One-man committee to create the Project Report & Legislation for Delhi IT-enabled Open University • Advisor to the Delhi Government on Asian Network of Major Cities Project (ANMC-21) distance learning project in association with Tokyo Metropolitan Government. • Chairman Board of Studies, All India Management Association With his mission to create and implement new business opportunities in the area of e-learning & learning facilitation, Prof. Pant has promoted Planet EDU Pvt. Ltd., as its Founder & Chairman, along with a team of highly experienced and skilled professionals from Education & Training, Operations, IT and Finance.
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