Discovering AI – Creating Curious Classrooms Action Research, Semester 2 intake

15th June, 2022 @ 9:00 am


15/06/2022 - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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This professional learning is an opportunity for primary and secondary Mathematics and/or Digital Technologies teachers (F – Year 10) to learn about the links in their subject to artificial intelligence (AI). This rapidly expanding, new field of knowledge is impacting every aspect of our lives, often in ways we do not see. This professional learning will help participants understand some of the almost invisible ways that AI operates in our lives, the possibilities it creates and the ethical implications that can lie behind the algorithms, to enable them to create engaging and innovative activities for students.

It will begin with an introductory webinar which will investigate the AI concepts in mathematics (data and probability) and digital technologies (data, digital systems, defining problems). The webinar will provide participants with an opportunity to extend understanding of the principles that underpin AI and explore how students can use AI in intriguing ways as part of classroom learning. Participants will then be guided through an action research model to implement a unit of work in mathematics and/or digital technologies.

As part of the action research cycle, in small groups, participants will be mentored through a series of three virtual one-hour workshops to design, implement and evaluate a unit of work that embeds AI into student learning.

You will have access to a range of professional learning resources that include:

  • My Computer Brain Learning platform (interactive AI). This online platform has many interactive AI experiments, suitable for primary and secondary teachers to learn about AI and draw inspiration for classroom lessons. Selected lessons are accompanied by lesson plans, co-developed with the Digital Technologies Institute and the Digital Technologies Hub.
  • Virtual AI teacher professional development access for participants for self-directed hands-on AI learning, such as: creating AI Models, AI and conventional programming, ethics, bias, inner workings of AI and AI scenarios with links to Mathematics.

This professional learning will run over two terms and will be offered virtually in Semester 1 and repeated with a new group in Semester 2. No prior knowledge of AI is expected, and it is hoped participants will come to this professional learning curious about AI and beginning to wonder about the exciting possibilities for student learning.

Schools are invited to apply for this opportunity by completing an Expression of Interest.

Semester 2 intake – Expression of Interest is due by COB 10 June 2022.

Target audience – Mathematics and Digital Technologies Teachers, F – Year 10

Delivery mode – Zoom

Presenters – Dr Karsten Schultz, Digital Technologies Institute, and Monica Williams, Senior Educational Consultant, AISSA

Dr Karsten Schultz

Karsten made a significant contribution (2019-2021) to the Digital Technology Hub’s development of Artificial Intelligence Resources (lesson plans, curriculum mapping, video explainers, and a ten-part webinar series (F- Year 10).

Karsten heads up the Digital Technologies Institute in Brisbane. He holds a PhD in Computer Science and a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering, with a focus on Software Engineering. In 2010, Karsten created the Young ICT Explorers Competition and, in 2014, whilst working for NICTA (now part of CSIRO), he founded the Bebras Australia Computational Thinking Challenge, which is part of the International Bebras Challenge.

Karsten has been working in the Australian ICT and Digital Technologies space since 1999 in an international Research and Development leadership position. He has designed a computer processor, builds artificial neural networks, has 18 patents in his name and has a passion for making the invisible visible.


For registration enquiries please contact Rae Dawkins.

Zoom links will sent closer to the event.