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AI Classroom Projects - Simple Projects That Spark Big Ideas!

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is rapidly evolving, transforming industries and influencing our daily lives. Yet, many educational systems have limited access to these technologies. As an educator, how can you explore such a complex subject in the classroom without direct access to AI? The answer lies in innovative, project-based learning that makes AI both accessible and deeply engaging, even without high-tech resources.


AI Projects - a teachers desk with the AI projects guide to engage students in Artificial Intelligence in the classroom

Understanding the Relevance of AI

Start your exploration of AI by making it relatable to your students. Pose a thought-provoking question to the class: "How many of you used AI today?" Allow them to consider their day-to-day activities — from using smartphones and social media to navigating streaming services and even playing video games. Most students will be surprised to discover that AI is deeply embedded in all these activities.


Highlight examples to further clarify AI's role:

  • Social Media: Explain how AI algorithms determine what content they see on platforms like Instagram and TikTok, tailoring feeds based on past interactions.

  • Music and Video Streaming: Discuss how services like Spotify and Netflix use AI to recommend songs and movies based on user preferences and viewing history.

  • Smartphones: Point out features like voice assistants, facial recognition, and even camera enhancements for better photos, all powered by AI.

  • Education Technology: Mention tools used in their own learning environment, such as adaptive learning platforms that adjust difficulty levels based on the student's mastery of the subject.


Engaging Students with Hands-On AI Projects: No TECH NEEDED!

Project-based learning is an excellent way to delve into AI. Here are some practical steps to create meaningful AI projects in your classroom:

  • Identify Problems That AI Can Solve: Encourage students to think about problems in their own lives or community that could be addressed with AI. This could range from optimizing school bus routes to enhancing local recycling processes.

  • Research and Role-Play: Assign roles like AI ethicist, data scientist, or software developer. Students can research their roles and explore how professionals in these fields contribute to AI project development.

  • Develop Proposals and Solutions: Have students work in teams to design a simple AI solution or project proposal. This fosters collaboration and practical application of their research.

  • Presentation and Peer Review: Students present their AI project ideas to the class, receiving feedback and engaging in discussions about the feasibility and ethical implications of their proposals.


AI Projects Resource Pack: A Teacher’s Ally

To further support educators in implementing AI projects, consider our "AI Projects: Inquiry-Based Learning Investigations" resource pack. This comprehensive toolkit is designed to facilitate research into AI without the need for actual AI technology. It includes three distinct project options, each focusing on a different aspect of AI:


AI Project Proposal

AI Project - the front cover and worksheets for the AI Projects unit
  • Objective: Guide students to design a proposal for an AI project addressing a real-world problem.

  • Contents: Includes an introduction to the project, worksheets for brainstorming solutions, developing proposals, and preparing presentations, along with a slide deck for classroom use and an assessment rubric.


The Future of AI - AI Project - the front cover and worksheets for the AI Projects unit

AI in the Future

  • Objective: Encourage students to imagine and create a narrative or creative project depicting the future of AI and its societal impact.

  • Contents: Provides an overview, worksheets for conducting research and inspiration, choosing a format, exploring ethical implications, and a slide deck for teachers.

The impact of AI - AI Project - the front cover and worksheets for the AI Projects unit

Impact of AI

  • Objective: Challenge students to research and present the impact of AI on a specific domain, considering ethical implications, benefits, and challenges.

  • Contents: Offers detailed instructions, worksheets for conducting research and analyzing the impact, and a slide deck to facilitate discussions.


Each project is designed to be flexible and engaging, with detailed guides, worksheets, and assessment rubrics, making it an invaluable tool for teaching AI effectively.


By integrating AI projects into your curriculum, you not only demystify this advanced technology but also empower your students to think critically about its role and impact on their future. These projects encourage creativity, problem-solving, and ethical reasoning, providing students with a comprehensive understanding of AI's potential and pitfalls. With or without specialized tools, you can make AI a dynamic part of your teaching repertoire, preparing students for a technology-driven world.

AI Project - The Sherbert Learning unit to engage students in Artificial Intelligence

Key Features:

  • NO AI NEEDED

  • Teacher Guides: Detailed instructions to help you steer your students' learning experiences effectively.

  • Student Overviews: Clear, engaging summaries that outline the goals and expectations for each project.

  • Project Workbooks/Worksheets: Interactive materials for students to document their research, ideas, ethical considerations and reflections.

  • Assessment Rubric: Criteria-based tools to objectively evaluate student work and progress.

  • Introduction Slides for Teachers: Ready-to-use slides for an engaging classroom introduction to each project.

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