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Artificial intelligence (AI) and coding are no longer just skills for tech enthusiasts. These skills are becoming essential for all students to learn. As technology continues to advance and shape the way we live and work, it is more important than ever for schools to begin teaching students about AI and coding from an early age. Here are the top five reasons why every school should integrate AI and coding into their curriculum.

To prepare students for the future workforce

Many industries, including healthcare, finance, and transportation, are being revolutionized by AI, and the demand for workers with skills in these areas is only going to increase. By teaching students about AI and coding from an early age, schools are preparing them for the jobs of the future that don't even exist yet.

Develop critical thinking and creativity

AI is a powerful tool for problem-solving and innovative. With AI, students can analyze large amounts of data and make predictions. New tools like generative art and GPT-3 fosters a new kind of creativity that requires learning how to work with AI models through written language. By learning these skills from an early age, students can develop critical thinking and creativity and apply them to solve real-world problems.

Interdisciplinary skills

As AI and coding technologies advance, they are starting to require a much broader set of skills. AI and no-code (or low code) technologies are making cutting edge technology more accessible to a greater group of people from diverse backgrounds.

AI and coding skills are transferable

Learning AI and coding also develops valuable skills such as logic, algorithms, and debugging, which are transferable to other areas of their education and future careers.

Understanding ethical implications

By learning AI and coding from an early age, students can also develop an understanding of the ethical and societal implications of AI and the importance of responsible AI and data privacy.

In conclusion, AI and coding are becoming essential skills for the future workforce, and schools have a responsibility to prepare their students for the jobs of the future. By teaching students about AI and coding from an early age, schools are giving them the opportunity to be competitive in the job market, develop valuable problem-solving and innovation skills, and understand the ethical implications of AI. It is important that schools start teaching these subjects at an early age to allow students to be well-rounded and prepared for the future.

AI for Everyone

Artificial intelligence is reshaping society, medicine, industry and the future of work. 

Today’s toddlers are the first generation to grow up without any memory of the world before AI. Kids are growing up learning to talk to smart speakers, use facial recognition with Snapchat filters to generate social memes and ride in their parents’ semi-autonomous cars. 

For today's kids, AI is normal. But do they understand what it is? How it works? How to use it? How to create with it? 

Today’s consumer AI products are not teaching kids how AI works, nor preparing them for the advanced future of AI they will encounter all their lives. 

That's why we created Chatterbox, the smart speaker that teaches kids AI literacy. 

Chatterbox helps drive diversity, equity and inclusion in AI by helping K-12 schools easily integrate AI learning experiences into classrooms with easy-to-implement curriculum. And it's fun! Kids love building a Chatterbox, then teaching it how to respond. 

Our curriculum provides problem-based learning scenarios in which students build and teach a smart speaker assistant how to solve real world problems. Chatterbox’s collaborative curriculum addresses student needs, supports classroom learning and aligns with national science and computer science standards.

By allowing students to explore and learn about AI, they begin to understand the benefits and consequences that AI can have on society, ethics and daily life while on their journey preparing for future STEM jobs.

Want to know how Chatterbox can drive AI Literacy at your school? Contact us today!

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