Discovering artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence is already present in our lives, even if we don't always realize it. Christian Lamotte, teacher at Daniel-Johnson High School in Montreal, finds it important to make students aware of this reality.

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Artificial intelligence is already present in our lives, even if we don't always realize it. Christian Lamotte, teacher at Daniel-Johnson High School in Montreal, finds it important to make students aware of this reality.

Christian Lamotte is tech-savvy. For several years, he has participated in robotics competitions with students. He also set up an optional course in robotics for students of the 2e secondary cycle of his school. This year, due to sanitary measures, the option could not be offered normally.

This is why Mr. Lamotte did not hesitate when the team of the organization Kids Code Jeunesse to offer an introductory workshop to artificial intelligence to students and accepted. He thought it was a different way of approaching technology with the students.

“It's so important to educate young people about emerging technologies. Artificial intelligence is already part of their daily lives, but they don't realize it. Just think of how voice assistants (such as Siri, Google Home, or Alexa) work and the algorithms behind social media. We have to demystify all that, ”says the teacher.

Mr. Lamotte did not have too much difficulty recruiting students interested in the workshop. It was even offered twice in March 2021. Everything took place online since the students came from several different classes.

The workshop aimed to present the foundations of artificial intelligence, to validate what students know about this technology. Ethics and practical application were also discussed. "Young people have seen that artificial intelligence is present in different areas, in a sorting center or in a hospital, for example," says the teacher. He considers it important to allow young people to discover the many possibilities linked to digital technology, particularly in terms of career choices.

Moreover, according to Kids Code Jeunesse, since 2015, job opportunities in artificial intelligence and programming have increased by more than 500 %. However, there are issues of representativeness in this sector. According to Global AI Talent Report 2019, only 14 % of artificial intelligence (AI) researchers in Canada are female.

Workshops Coding in class, including the workshop Introduction to artificial intelligence, of Kids Code Jeunesse (KCJ) are available for schools. You just need to get information from the organization.

KCJ also offers free workshops for teachers who want to learn more about artificial intelligence. The next one is May 21 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

To go further, read or reread our dossier on artificial intelligence in education.

Check out the new activity AI of the future of the RÉCIT national service team, in the field of personal development.


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Martine Rioux
Martine Rioux
After studying public communication, Martine worked as a journalist for various publications, before pursuing her career as an interactive communications consultant at La Capitale, a financial group, then at Québec Numérique, an organization she took over as general manager before making the jump. as political advisor in the office of the Minister for Digital Government Transformation. Today she is the online Editor-in-Chief and Special Projects Manager at l'École branchée. Her dream: that everyone has access to technology and can use it as a tool for learning and opening up to the world.

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