Open Learning Talks | AI Education: Research and Practice


MIT Open Learning

MIT Open Learning

December 8, 2020
4:00pm — 5:00pm ET

Open Learning Talks bring together leaders to discuss new research-based ideas, technologies, and efforts in education, at MIT and around the world.

AI Education: Research and Practice | Cynthia Breazeal in conversation with Eric Klopfer

Artificial intelligence is rapidly changing the way we learn, work, and live. From algorithms to smart devices to household robots, a generation of kids is growing up with their lives connected to, and influenced by, AI. Professor Cynthia Breazeal, head of the Personal Robots group at the MIT Media Lab, believes children should understand not only how AI works, but also how to design and use AI with a basis in ethics, inclusion, and empathy.

In this talk, Professor Breazeal will discuss how the Personal Robots group and AI Education at MIT work to innovate teaching and learning approaches to AI—including personalized learning companions for early childhood, AI and data literacy and privacy activities, and an AI + Ethics curriculum for middle schoolers. Through research projects, pedagogy, and hands-on resources, Breazeal will share how she and her team combine research and practice to help children flourish in the age of AI. Host Eric Klopfer, professor and director of the Scheller Teacher Education Program and the Education Arcade at MIT, will lead a wide-ranging conversation and moderate questions from the audience.

This online talk is free and open to the public! 

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