SXSW EDU 2018
Teach Artificial Intelligence in Kindergarten
Young children are fascinated by machines, computers, and robots. We can teach the foundations of computer science in early childhood through play, stories, and project-based learning. But perhaps the most important key to preparing children for a technologically advanced future is teaching them critical thinking and ethical decision making. Exploring open-ended questions such as “How can robots improve the world?” will help children become innovative and ethical creators of technology.
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- Identify the foundational concepts of computer science that are appropriate for early childhood classrooms.
- Discuss hands-on, constructivist, and project-based learning experiences for teaching computer science in early childhood.
- Consider how ethical decision making and critical thinking can be included in a computer science curriculum starting at a very young age.
- Ann Gadzikowski, Early Childhood Coordinator, Northwestern University
Ann Gadzikowski, Early Childhood Coord, Northwestern University