AI-fluent SmartEducator

The AI-fluent SmartEducator: 

Recent research in neuroscience and psychology suggests that the feeling of uncertainty, fear of rejection or a diminished status all activate the same region in the brain that  physical pain does ( https://www.forbes.com/sites/nicolefisher/2015/12/25/rejection-and-physical-pain-are-the-same-to-your-brain/#6431253f4f87 ). Teachers at School, College, University or Professional institutions will  all be suffering this pain as they realise their lack of familiarity with AI, the driver of both the 4th Industrial revolution and the 4th education revolution. 

The best pro-active response to this situation is to become an AI-fluent SmartEducator, well versed with the triple helix of AI-readiness:

  • Concepts ( theory)
  • The tools
  • The applications ( educational)

A year long program structured as 4 terms of 3 months each. 

At the end of each term, the learner will earn a completion certificate of having become a level 1 to level 4 of an AI-ready educator. 

Level 1: AI-familiar educator

Level 2: AI-competent educator

Level 3: AI-proficient educator

Level 4: AI-fluent SmartEducator

Program begins from January 2020:

Details of each term ( of 3 months): this term is personal to the learner. New students can join at the beginning of any month that is convenient to them. 

First term:

By the end of this term, the learner will have an appreciation of the landscape of AI ( and allied technologies such as IoT, Blockchain, 5G and Dapps) and education and be able to distinguish hype from hope. During this period, there will be 3 WhatsApp courses of one month ( 4 weeks Monday to Friday) on the following themes :

AIFSE01: LHTL ( Learning How to Learn)

AIFSE02: Making Sense of Artificial Intelligence

AIFSE03: The Landscape of AI and education 

In addition to these WhatsApp delivered courses, there will be  in person meetings scheduled at the WOODs Gurgaon on one Sunday a month, whose schedule will be announced earlier. 

The first module of this term is based on our axiom that a teacher is a learner first, and must continually update oneself and take an interest in and pursue lifelong learning. 

The second module is about developing a sound mindset about AI, not being carried away by the prophets of doom or the promise of Utopia. 

The 3rd module surveys the transformation that AI will bring about to education at all levels, elementary, secondary, tertiary and lifelong learning. This module will also cover the  teaching of AI to school students and the why an how to make  parents aware about the impact of AI in their children’s life ?

During the first term, no extra equipment is needed for hands on experience. Mobile Apps on phone and occasional playing around with Alexa will do. Only AI empowered consumer products will be used. 

Award at the end of first term : “ The AI-familiar educator”

Second Term:

During this term, the participants will get into details of the most important methods of AI, that will make them confident about being able to play a meaningful role in the field. In particular they will be able to make their own chatbots. The 3 WhatsApp courses during this term will be :

AIFSE04: Machine Learning for Educators

AIFSE05: Deep Learning for Educators

AIFSE06: Chatbots for Educators

During this term, learners will need a PC with specified configuration, Internet connectivity and creating accounts on sites like IBM Watson..

Award at the end of second term : “ The AI-competent educator”

Third term:

This is the transformational term. The first month builds an appreciation of the key mathematics such as linear algebra, multivariate calculus, probability, Bayesian models and optimisation. The next month is to build the ability to make practical applications using the IBM cloud services for a wide range of applications. The third month is on understanding the working of driverless cars, and using those principles to develop more autonomous learners. 

AIFSE07: Mathematics for Machine Learning

AIFSE08: The IBM Watson education and other cloud services

AIFSE09: Driverless cars and autonomous learning

During term 3 they will be advised to have their own Personal AI Kit ( PAIK) to be in the league of AI-fluent SmartEducators. In the 1970s engineers and Scientists would carry a personal slide-rule which over time was replaced by a calculator and now to an AI powered mobile phone. Today’s SmartEducator has to be adept in handling of devices like the Raspberry Pi which is both a computer and a ……….

Award at the end of third  term : “ The AI-proficient educator”

Fourth term :

By the end of this term, not only will the learner become fluent in AI for educational purposes, but is well positioned for a future of affluence, being ready for ‘deep teaching’, the sexiest job of the future ( 

https://medium.com/intuitionmachine/why-teaching-will-be-the-sexiest-job-of-the-future-a-i-economy-b8e1c2ee413e )

AIFSE10: AI powered personalisation of content and assessment

AIFSE11: Deep Teaching : the sexiest job of the future 

AIFSE12: Flourishing and thriving as an educator in the Gig economy

During this term the learners will explore projects that demonstrate use of AI in real world science education specially for maths, biology and data analysis. 

Award at the end of fourth  term : “ The AI-fluent SmartEducator”

Certification: Upon the end of each module, there would be an assessment upon successful completion of which the learner would get a certificate of achieving Level 1 to Level 4 of an AI-fluent SmartEducator 

To know more, contact Prof. MM Pant by sending him a WhatsApp message at : +919810073724

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