Proceedings of The 5th International Conference on Future of Teaching and Education
What Are the Effects of the Artificial Intelligence Pilot Program on 4th Grade Students’ Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions?
Artificial Intelligence is altering the world, and this has started affecting the sector of education. This increased interest in the last few years has led educational institutes across the world to integrate Artificial Intelligence in their curriculum and programs. Research has shown the impact of AI in education suggesting that educators should prepare students to understand this new technology now, in their everyday life, but also in their future careers. However, Artificial Intelligence is still a term that needs to be clearly defined, and because this is a new concept, we, educators, are not aware yet of the ways of implementation in the classrooms. This highlights the need to determine the approach and more specifically the level of readiness and familiarity as well as the learning objectives according to students’ profiles and needs. This paper presents the implementation of a pilot program of Artificial Intelligence in the Elementary School of American Community Schools of Athens and more specifically in Grade 4 Technology classes. The goal of this implementation was to investigate the effects of this program on students’ knowledge, skills, and dispositions. During Technology classes, students were exposed to the concept of Artificial Intelligence. The implementation contributed to the increase of students’ knowledge and level of familiarity with AI suggesting that the development of the learning design should focus on understanding and connecting AI to everyday life through multimedia resources and hands-on learning activities.
keywords: artificial intelligence, education, implementation, technology class, elementary school.