Introduction to AI for Primary Teachers

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This course is designed to introduce teachers to the concepts of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how they can incorporate AI tools and technologies into their teaching practices.

By learning about AI, teachers can gain a deeper understanding of the technology and how it can be used to engage pupils in innovative ways. This understanding can help teachers overcome the challenges of integrating new technology into their teaching practice and give them the confidence to experiment with new approaches.

Through the course, teachers will learn how AI can be used to personalise learning, provide real-time feedback, and identify areas where pupils may need extra support.

Technical Requirements

All our courses require broadband Internet access and participants need to be familiar with using the internet, downloading and installing software.

Course Objectives

    • Participants will understand the fundamentals of AI and data powered tools and their potential applications in the primary classroom.

    • Participants will be able to identify opportunities for integrating AI tools and technologies into teaching practices.

    • Develop the skills and knowledge needed to use AI to personalise learning, engage pupils, and improve learning outcomes, and be able to apply these skills in the classroom.

    • Participants will explore the ethical considerations involved in using AI in education and be able to evaluate the responsible and appropriate use of AI tools and technologies.

    • Participants will learn about the impact of AI on future use in school including policies and procedures and school self-evaluation and planning.

Expected Outcomes

    • Participants will understand the basic concepts of AI and the key terminology associated with AI and data use in education

    • Participants will develop understanding of ethical considerations related to AI and access potential benefits and drawbacks of AI in education.

    • Participants will explore examples of AI-powered learning tools and Identify age-appropriate AI tools and resources.

    • Participants will explore approaches for integrating AI concepts into existing lessons and appreciate the teacher competences that will be required

Course Duration

Delivered online, this course can be taken anytime between July 1st and August 16th, 2024. Participants are required to engage meaningfully with online content for approximately 20 hours. Whilst participation and engagement with the course content will be primarily judged on the quality of their contributions, an attendance roll will be kept and a log of their time spent working online.

Course Authors

Pat Brennan A former primary teacher, Pat was an Assistant Principal and Digital Learning Coordinator in Tallaght for over twenty years. Since the late nineties he has worked extensively in the digital learning space, with NCTE (Oide Technology), INTO, DCU Institute of Education, Marino Institute, Dublin West and Blackrock Education Centres. Pat has been working with H2 Learning since 2007 and leads the delivery of online and blended CPD to teachers at all levels of the education system through the TeachNet and TeachNimble platforms.

Pat Brennan

Michael Coughlan is a primary school teacher from Ballina, Co. Mayo, with 15 years of teaching experience. He has worked extensively on IT course development and is dedicated to integrating IT into primary education in Ireland. Michael has also contributed to the creation and delivery of CPD courses for teachers, focusing on enhancing their digital technology skills for classroom use.

Michael Coughlan

Seamus Barry is the Principal Teacher at Ballybrown National School, where he promotes the integration of digital technology in the classroom. With over 14 years of diverse teaching and managerial experience, Seamus is passionate about leveraging technology to enhance education for all learners.  With a background in civil engineering, Seamus brings a unique perspective to digital education, emphasizing structure, safety, and innovation. He also addresses the ethical implications of AI in education, sharing his insights at various symposiums and lectures. He is a member of the European Digital Education Content Expert Group (DEC EG).

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Eoghan O’Neill is a primary school teacher in Scoil Phádraig BNS Clane, where he is assistant principal with responsibility for ICT and Digital Learning Coordination. Eoghan is a Seesaw Ambassador, Apple Teacher and a Level 1 + 2 Google Certified Educator. He is passionate about the transformative use of digital technologies in the classroom.

Eoghan O'Neill

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