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Day of AI

Preparing Australian students for an AI-powered future
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The next wave of technology was coming – artificial intelligence. It was clear for several years that when these technologies become a part of everyday life, they will fundamentally transform how we live.  

And with every new technology wave, there is the potential to widen the socio-economic gap.  

What is the Day of AI?

Day of AI introduces educators and students to AI, bringing it to life in the classroom, exploring the opportunities and implications of our increasingly AI-powered world.

They create and distribute a series of highly interactive lessons introduce the basics of AI in fun and engaging way. The organisation’s goal is to raise awareness of AI and develop basic literacy of this technology.

The program is completely free for all schools, teachers and students.

Changemaker Leadership

Prof Cynthia Breazeal from MIT and Ethan Berman from i2Learning combined to create a cutting-edge, highly relevant and engaging AI education program: The Day of AI.

Together, these changemakers created their own free curriculum on everything from the basics of AI to its applications and tools, to the ethics of AI. The curriculum is used by hundreds of thousands of students and teachers to become more informed, ethical, and better users and designers of AI systems.

The TDM Foundation has been the driving force in bringing Day of AI to Australian students – developing tailored content for the Australian context, staffing the initiative, and forming partnerships with Australian universities and leading AI science bodies. We are so privileged to partner with some of Australia’s leading AI experts, including Stella Solar (Director of CSIRO’s National AI Centre and Co-Chair of the Commonwealth AI Consortium) and Toby Walsh (Author and Chief Scientist, UNSW AI Institute), as well as education experts including CS in Schools, ESA and ATSE.

Approach to scale 

Since launching the program globally in 2022, Day of AI has been taught in more than 110 countries by over 7,500 teachers, reaching 500,000 students.

In Australia, the program has grown significantly across its first two years, scaling its impact;

  • Increasing school registrations from 201 in 2022 to 564 schools in 2023 and 23,
  • From schools registered of 201 in ’22 to 564 schools in ’23
  • From cost per student of $211 in ‘22, to $34 in ‘23

Day of AI is an excellent example of scalability in terms of reach and impact.

The program’s fully digital delivery format with resources designed to be taught by any teacher, maximises the potential for teachers and schools to participate – any classroom with internet and devices can take part.

Data from the last two years has found that on average, one teacher reaches approximately 50 students with the program. Further extending the Day’s reach, is the train-the-trainer approach, with the Day team providing sessions for teachers in the lead-up to the Day and providing additional resources to support delivery of the program both at the school and classroom level.

New & Novel

One of the common impacts strategies we believe to be effective is bringing proven innovation to new geographies. So while a concept can feel new and novel here, it doesn’t have to be unproven.  

The Day of AI has been able to roll out education successfully country by country.  

Implicit in technology innovation is the potential to further class divides. Simply put, the richer you are the better access to technology and innovation you have. That’s just the way that technology works. It costs a lot at the bleeding end of the adoption curve, then gets cheaper over time. When Bill Gates created Microsoft, the idea that every home would have a computer was about as wild as owning a nuclear submarine. Now we all carry them in our pockets.  

The Day of AI Australia team and partners tailor the global lesson materials to the Australian curriculum and context, showcasing Australian scientists and technologies, their applications and impacts. This approach of tailoring lesson materials to the local context has been applauded by the global program as best practice to deepen relevance and engagement, and ultimately increase impact. Lessons are updated every year to ensure they include the latest information and contemporary examples.

Learning activities are updated annually to include new and novel ways of learning about AI – from hands-on experience with AI tools to training an AI model – lessons are engaging, fun and meaningful.

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